Title Deeds: Proof of Property Ownership
If you're planning to buy a new property, you'll need to get the title deed transferred into your name to prove that you own the property. You'll need the assistance of a lawyer specialising in property transfers (also known as a conveyancer) to help you transfer the title deed into your name.
You'll only legally own the property when the Registrar of Deeds signs the transfer. After the Registrar of Deeds signed the transfer, the Deeds Office closest to you keeps a copy of the title deed.
What is a title deed?
A title deed is a registered legal document which proves ownership of a defined piece of land, a house, or an apartment in a block of flats.
What is the Deeds Registration?
The Deeds Registration branch is an entity of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development where you can register title deeds and documents, and obtain information related to registration and archived records.
The Office of the Chief Registrar of Deeds (OCRD) oversees 11 deeds registries located in 9 provinces.
The deeds registry is open to any member of the public to also access information about:
Before you can obtain information from the deeds registry, have the following ready:
To obtain a copy of a deed or document from a deeds registry, you must:
Online searches for title deeds are also possible, via DeedsWeb. You can also obtain the following information on DeedsWeb:
To find out more about the fees involved in getting a copy of your title deed, visit the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform's webiste.
For more information, please contact:
Information section contact:
Tel: 021 464 7747 or 021 464 7741 / or 021 464 7742
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
New Revenue Building
Registrar of Deeds, Cape Town
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