All States and Territories in Australia maintain a public database of the Certificate of Titles. Title searches are simple, yet important documents, which provides invaluable information about a parcel of land, if you know what to look for!
- Owner: The Title will specify the full name and address of the legal owner of the land. Importantly, the listed address may not be the registered owners current address.
- Mortgages: A bank may be listed on title if they hold a mortgage over the property. Before legally disposing of the property they must discharge their debt to the bank.
- Covenants: Restrictions placed on the use of the land. Covenants may also restrict what, where and the materials permitted to build on the land.
- Easements: An Easement is notification of a 3rd party’s right to utilise part of the land. Common easements include connection of essential services and rights of way.
- Caveats: Are legal notices, which provide a warning of a 3rd party’s legal interest in the property. If a caveat appears on a Title it should serve as a red flag and you should seek Conveyancer.com.au’s advice before proceeding.