What does one do when your Title Deed is lost?

14 Feb 2011

What does one do when your Title Deed is lost?

In terms of Regulation 68
(1) of the Deeds Registries
Act 47/1937 the owner of
the property must bring an
application in the form of an
affidavit. The affidavit will
be describing the deed and
stating that it has not been
pledged and it is not being
detained by any one as
security for debt or otherwise,
but that it has been
actually lost or destroyed
and cannot be found
though diligent search has
been made thereof, and
further setting forth where
possible the circumstances
under which it was lost or
destroyed.
If your property is bonded
by the bank, the bank will
have to give their consent
to this application.
The Deeds Office will
issue a registered certified
copy of the Deed.
The registration
process takes approximately
15 working days
from lodgement until delivery
of the newly issued
deed.
The registration of the newly
issued copy must first be
finalised by the Deeds Office
before the transfer of your
property or the registration of
a bond can take place.
It is therefore of the essence
that this be dealt with as
soon as possible in order to
prevent delays
in the registration
process of
any other linked
transaction.
Contact any of
our conveyancers to assit if
you need assistance in this
regard.