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How Can I Obtain a Title for My Property Without a Registered Title?

If you find yourself in a situation where your property lacks a Registered Title, you're not alone. Approximately 55% of land in Jamaica remains unregistered. Jamaica Homes understands the importance of securing proper title to your property, and we're here to guide you through the process.

Checking for a Common Law Title:

Begin by checking with the Registrar General Department in Spanish Town to determine if a common law title for your land has been recorded. This step can provide valuable insight into the status of your property ownership.

Steps to Obtain a Registered Title:

While you can register the land yourself, it's highly recommended to seek the assistance of a qualified attorney to navigate the complexities of the process. Here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Property Survey: Commission a Land Surveyor to survey the property and prepare a survey diagram. The survey diagram must be submitted to the Survey Department in Kingston for approval.

  2. Application Form and Declarations: Complete an application form to bring the land under the Registration of Titles Act. Obtain a Statutory Declaration affirming your ownership of the land, as well as supporting declarations from individuals familiar with the property's existence for at least 13 years.

  3. Supporting Documents: Gather supporting documents, such as purchase receipts, common law titles, probated wills, and tax receipts, to establish a history of ownership.

  4. Tax Payment Certificate: Obtain a current Tax Payment Certificate to demonstrate compliance with tax obligations.

  5. Submission to Registrar of Titles: Submit all required documents, including the survey diagram and supporting paperwork, to the Registrar of Titles. Pay the necessary fees associated with the registration process.

  6. Referee of Titles Approval: The documents will be reviewed by the Referee of Titles for approval.

  7. Advertisement and Finalization: Advertisements must be published in a daily newspaper for three consecutive weeks. Following the publication period, and upon payment of the final fee based on the value of the land, the Registered Title can be issued.

Why Choose Jamaica Homes:

At Jamaica Homes, we recognize the importance of securing proper title to your property. Our experienced team can provide guidance and support throughout the title registration process, ensuring that your property ownership is legally recognized and protected.

For personalized assistance or to explore our range of real estate services, please visit our website Jamaica Homes or contact us via email or through our contact page. We're here to help you achieve peace of mind in your property ownership journey.

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