Deeds Registration(I) Registration of Deeds
(II) Deed Registration Process
(III) Registration Fees
(I) Registration of Deeds
What is registration of deeds?
- The Land Registry maintains a computerized land register for each property.
- Particulars of deeds or other documents affecting a property lodged for registration are entered into the land register of that property.
- On completion of registration, the land registers and imaged copies of the registered documents are open for public search subject to payment of the prescribed fees.
In what way is the registration of document related to me as a member of the public?
- If you purchase a property or become a party to a property transaction, you would need to execute a deed or other document. That deed or document will normally be registered with the Land Registry.
What are the benefits of registering a document in the Land Registry to me?
- Registration of a document under the present deeds registration system gives it priority over unregistered documents and other documents registered after it but does not give the document any validity it does not have.
- Through registration, your interest in the property is put on notice to any person who is interested in the property.
- Any persons subsequently dealing with the property will be bound by the registered document.
- Unregistered documents will lose priority and be void as against any subsequent bona fide purchaser or mortgagee for valuable consideration.
- For persons interested in a property, for example, a purchaser or mortgagee, they can obtain information related to the property from the relevant land register. They can also check and verify all registered land documents affecting that property with the assistance from private legal practitioners before making their decisions in dealing with the related property.