New South Wales (NSW) Title Searches
New South Wales (NSW)
Land Title Searches
The Certificate of Title (or Title Deed) is provided to the owner of every land or property in New South Wales (NSW).
InfoTrackGo sources land titles from NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) to equip you with updated information for your property transactions. We make searching easy, so you can focus on making well-informed decisions around property investments.
About NSW Land Registry Services
The NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) is a private company that is responsible for the largest centralised land title registry in Australia. It manages the land titles registry on behalf of the NSW Government under a 35-year concession that took effect on 1 July 2017.
Aside from issuing new Certificates of Title, the NSW Land Registry Services (NSW LRS) also processes, approves and records hundreds of thousands of transactions on existing properties each year.
How can you get a NSW Land Title?
Simply type the NSW address in our search bar to get access to property information and verify ownership.
What does a Title Search cover?
What does a Title Search cover?
The main purpose of a property title is to inform you about the current owner of a piece of land. If there are multiple owners, a title will also tell you if they are either tenants in common or joint tenants.
Tenants in common own a portion of the land and can sell their share or leave it to someone else in a legal Will. On the other hand, joint tenants own the property as a single unit – so if one passes away, the full ownership remains with the other joint tenant(s).
You can also find any potential easements on a property title. An easement is a right given to another person (someone who does not own the property) to use the property for a specific purpose.
The two most common easements are for services and for right of way. Easements can restrict your use of the land and prevent you from building on top of it, so it’s important that you’re aware of them before you buy, sell or renovate.
By performing a property title search, you can also be aware of covenants. Covenants are guidelines and/or restrictions on the land that can limit what can be built on it, where specifically a property can be built and from what materials it may be built with.
Covenants are created by the property developer to retain the quality, look and feel of a building or neighbourhood. These rules must be adhered to when altering a property to prevent serious consequences.
If you see a caveat on the title, it’s a sign that you may want to reconsider your purchase decision. The word caveat means “beware”, and is a legal notice lodged with the state land registry. It’s essentially a warning that someone else has an interest in the property.
For example, a builder may put a caveat on a property if the owner owes them money – this will then alert anyone else looking at the certificate that the title is not “clear”
With a property title search, you can also check if there is an existing mortgage on the property. If there is, the bank holds the Certificate of Title rather than the property owner.
When you’re buying a property, it’s important for the seller to discharge the mortgage before settlement to prevent any significant delay.
NSW Property Search FAQ
- To ascertain current owners
- To see if there is a mortgage registered on title
- To see if any caveats have been registered on title
- To see if the property is affected by or appurtenant to any easements, restrictions or covenants