Selling and lost your title deed? Request a copy before 24 February 2019
Currently the owner of a property of which the original title deed is lost, only has to sign an affidavit prepared by a conveyancer to apply for a replacement copy thereof.
On 24 February 2019 a new process will come into operation which will make it much more difficult to obtain a copy. The process will be:
- The affidavit, mentioned above, must be attested to by a notary public.
- A notification of intention to apply for a certified copy must be published in an ordinary issue of the Government Gazette.
- Before the copy of the deed is given, it must first be open for inspection for two weeks (after the publication of the notice mentioned above) for any interested person free of charge. During this period any interested person may object to the issuing of the copy of the deed.
- The objection must be done within the two (2) weeks of inspection.
Clients must let their agent or conveyancer know if their original title deed is lost. It will save a lot of time if the replacement copy is requested before the 24th of February 2019.
This article is reproduced here with the kind permission of MC van der Berg Inc