What are title deeds?
To prove ownership of land or property that is not registered, the owner or lender (if there is a mortgage) will have a bundle of documents which would normally show the chain in the line of ownership of the land or property over a number of years.
Note: When registering land or property for the first time the owner must lodge documents showing the chain of ownership going back at least 15 years.
These documents are usually known as title deeds and include various papers such as:
- contacts for sale,
- mortgages, and
- leases, if the land or property is leasehold.
These are the documents that should be sent to us when registering land or property for the first time.
Missing or destroyed documents
If any or all of the original title deeds for unregistered land or property are missing, or have been destroyed and you are registering land or property for the first time, you will need to send us a statutory declaration or statement of truth, describing when, where, and how the deeds were lost or destroyed. See our guide to lost or destroyed deeds for more details.