Certificate of Title

 

Most land in Victoria is held under the Torrens Title System. Each property has its own certificate of title, the original of which is held at the Land Registry. A duplicate title is held by the owner or the owner’s bank if the property is mortgaged.

It is important to have your lawyer search the relevant certificate of title at the Land Registry. The internal registry records will show all registered caveats, easements, covenants, mortgages and mortgage discharges which affect the property.

Resolving a dispute over a discrepancy in land size can be costly so check the accuracy of the boundary measurements to ensure the measurements on the title match those of the actual property.

Your lawyer can also conduct searches to determine if other matters may affect the property, such as land contamination.