Since 1 June 2011, compulsory registration of title with the Land Registry now applies in every county of Ireland, as the counties and cities of Dublin and Cork, the last remaining exceptions, are included in the new system of compulsory registration. Since 1 June 2011, any party selling land or granting a lease (if 21 years or more remain on the lease) must ensure that the land is registered, and if it isn’t, the purchasers will have to apply for first registration of the title with the Land Registry. Sellers of unregistered land will need to hold a map of the property which complies with the requirements laid down by the Property Registration Authority.
Legislating to prepare for a system of E-conveyancing has long been an aim of successive governments. At present, approximately 93% of land in the state is registered, and the addition of counties Dublin and Cork will help towards the aim of having all land registered. If you own property which is unregistered, (i.e. where the deeds and particulars are held in the Registry of Deeds instead of the Land Registry), you should contact us to see about upgrading your title to Land Registry Title. The advantages of owning Land Registry Title are clear: your title is guaranteed by the state and the state will indemnify anyone who suffers a loss as a result of a mistake made by the Land Registry, your evidence of title and ownership is contained on a single document and a map which is drawn to Ordinance Survey standards and is consistent with modern land surveying techniques and procedures.