It is advised that before any dealings, up-to-date land search should be conducted with the Land Registry.
A land register comprises 4 sections. You can obtain different information from each section.
(a) Property Particulars
- Lot number and address
- Share of lot
- Lease term (e.g. commencement date )
- Rent per annum
(b) Owner Particulars
- Name of Owners
Historical owner(s) (chain of ownership)
- Capacity (if not Sole Owner)
Tenants in common
- Date of Instrument (transaction)
- Date of Registration
The incumbrances section contains the land documents which affect the property but may not change the ownership, examples are :
- Court Order e.g. Charging Order, etc.
- Occupation Permit, Deed of Mutual Covenant (for age and use of building)
- Agreements for Sale & Purchase
- Sub-sale Agreement, Nomination
(d) Deeds Pending Registration
This section provides information on documents already lodged for registration against the property but, for one reason or another, registration of the same has not been completed. For a document which has been "stopped" and returned to the lodging parties for clarification, a remark "(中止註冊 REGISTRATION WITHHELD)" is shown against the entry.
Documents listed under the Deeds Pending Registration Section may or may not be eventually registered. The Land Registry will only proceed to register a document when it complies with all requirements under the Land Registration Ordinance.
A "Full" enquiry contains the historical and current information of a property i.e. all transactions that have been registered against the property.
- Occupation Permit or Letter of Compliance (if registered) usually contains the date of completion of the building. You may obtain a copy of the relevant document.
- The Rating and Valuation Department provides the Property Information Online at www.rvdpi.gov.hk (Tel No. 2150 8836) for information on age of private domestic properties (excluding village type houses).
Consent letters (relating to payment of premium) issued by the Lands Department can serve as an indication for payment of the land premium. However, such consent letters may not have been registered in the Land Registry. If you cannot find such consent letter in the land register, you may approach the Lands Department for clarification.
Home Ownership Scheme/Private Sector Participation Scheme Flat
For properties under the above scheme, the Housing Authority issues consent letters certifying the lifting of restriction on sale of properties upon the payment of land premium. Such letters may not have been registered. If you cannot find such consent letter in the land register, you can approach the Housing Authority for clarification.
If you want to obtain additional information of any documents listed on the UML such as date of instrument etc., you can order the Unposted Memorial Information (UMI) by selecting the required item from the UML and add the selected order to the Order List.