Acquiring unregistered land in Indonesia is more difficult than registered land acquisition as conducting a thorough background investigation of the land’s history can be a challenge. As part of the background check, these information, among others, will be investigated:
The most common method of acquiring unregistered land is through a private sale between a landowner and a buyer. However, it should be noted that a deed of transfer signed in front of a certified land-deed official (PPAT) at the location of the land is required for registration with the relevant land office.
On the other hand, acquisition of registered land is usually done through a deed of transfer in front a PPAT at the location of the land. This is to be followed by the registration and recording of the transfer with the relevant land office.
Land checks for registered land are usually conducted at the district courts and the relevant National Land Agency (BPN) office before the transfer is completed. These checks enable prospective landowners to appropriately manage any existing disputes as well as assess the history of transfers of the land in question.