How a Title Deeds Health Check can help you understand more about your property

Property Disputes - 2 minutes read

Whether you’re a landlord, seasoned homeowner or a first-time buyer, understanding your property’s legal landscape is crucial. Land registry title deeds hold the key to this knowledge, acting as official documentation of ownership and outlining crucial details about your piece of land or property. However, deciphering the legal jargon can be very daunting, especially when faced with a property or boundary dispute.

First, it is important to consider your land registry title deeds as the legal identity card of your property. They comprise of two key components, the Title Register which provides details such as who owns the property, its registered address, any mortgages, and restrictions like easements or covenants, and the Title Plan which provides a visual representation and depicts the boundaries and general location. It is important to understand that the Title Plan does not show the exact position of the property boundaries and so disputes may arise where two or more property owners dispute the precise location of a particular property boundary.

Land Registry Title Deeds can be very complex, especially in circumstances where historical conveyances and abstracts are concerned; understanding the exact nuances requires careful examination.

If you are faced with a dispute with your neighbour regarding your property then a report detailing the ownership position, identifying any charges or restrictions, advising on any restrictive covenants, identifying and advising on easements and rights of way and identifying any grants for shared access or utility lines could help you resolve the dispute. We call this a “Title Deeds Health Check”. As part of the health check, we would work with expert land surveyor who would support with interpreting the title plan, conducting physical measurements and producing an accurate land report.

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By understanding your land registry title deeds, you will empower yourself to make informed decisions and safeguard your property rights, particularly when faced with a property or boundary dispute. With a Title Deeds Health Check you will gain valuable knowledge about your property and the rights and burdens associated with the land, so you can make informed decisions and navigate any potential disputes with confidence.

If you would like to learn more about our Title Deeds Health Check service please get in touch with our property dispute resolution team.