What is a Residential Property Title?

16 April, 2012 | Jason Hendriks

A title is in effect the ownership paper for your property.  A title is also referred to as a “Unique Identifier” or “CT” (Certificate of Title).

The title records:

  • the legal description of the property, being the area, lot and deposited plan number;
  • the current owners of the property (Registered Proprietors); and
  • any covenants, encumbrances, mortgages registered against the property (often referred to as “Memorials”).

So, if you own your property, you will be shown as the Registered Proprietor.  If you have a mortgage over the property then the bank from which you obtained your mortgage will be registered as a mortgagee on the title to the property.  This is the bank’s security for the loan they have made to you.

There are most commonly three types of title to a property in New Zealand; being:

1) Fee Simple;
2) Cross Lease; and
3) Unit Title.

If you have any questions regarding the above, or wish to seek advice regarding buying residential property, please contact property lawyer Jason Hendriks by phone on 09 837 6885 or email jason.hendriks@smithpartners.co.nz

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About the author

Jason graduated with an LLB from Auckland University of Technology in 2016, and joined Smith and Partners in 2017. A general practice lawyer, Jason is particularly focused on assisting clients with all aspects of residential property law and estate planning –
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