Public Guide 1 : A guide to the information kept at the Land Registry and how it can be obtained

Why is land registered?
The aim of registering title to land is to create and maintain a register of land, the title to which is guaranteed by the state. The guarantee means that if a mistake occurs in the register and the owner suffers loss, he/she can receive compensation.

A system of land registration also makes it simpler to buy, sell and charge (or mortgage) land and property.

Public Guide 2 : Keeping your address for service up to date

What is an address for service?
Anyone who has a legal right to or interest in, a property that has been registered, will need to supply an 'address for service' for the Land Registry’s records. An address for service is simply an address where we can send correspondence relating to your property.

Your address for service up to date so that the land Registry can send and you can receive important letters or notices.

Public Guide 3 : Changing Your Name on the Land Register

Once a name has been entered on the Land Register as proprietor, cautioner, chargee or otherwise, it is important that a change of the name of the Register is noted.

If there has been no application to change the name on the Register and an application signed in a new name or another name is received, the application cannot be processed unless there is evidence to reconcile the difference in the names on the register and on the application.

Public Guide 4 : Acquisition of land by prescription

What is prescription?
Prescription is a method of acquiring ownership of land by peaceable, open and uninterrupted possession without the permission of any person lawfully entitled to such possession for a period of twenty (20) years.

Public Guide 5 : How to prevent your application from being rejected

We would like to ensure that your documents are processed expeditiously. The list below highlights some of the most frequent reasons for rejection of Applications. Documents should be checked thoroughly against this list before lodging the application to minimise the instances of rejection.

  • Documents not dated.
  • Failing to describe the land correctly as on Land Register.
  • Failing to request that the Registrar dispense with the signing in relation to a prty required to a document such as the Transfer of land.
  • Not submitting documents in duplicate.
  • Documents not being signed by the correct party or his legitimate agent.
  • The documents not being properly witnessed.
  • Not establishing a proprietary interest in the land in respect to a Caution.
  • Not reconciling the names of the parties involved when there are major disparity as appearing in supporting documents and on the Land Register.
  • Not affixing the seal of companies where required
  • Not stating the tenancy of the transferees.
  • Not maintaining consistency of words and figures.
  • Not submitting original or certified copy of required documents.
  • Not submitting the Release of restrictive agreements where applicable.
  • Not stating the capacity of the person(s) signing on behalf of corporations.
  • Not stating the capacity of the witnesses in attestation clause.
  • Consent of Chargee or Cautioner are outstanding.
  • Complete address of parties not being stated.
Land Registry Department
Land Registry Department
Land Division Building
South Wing
Pond Street, Grand Turk
Turks & Caicos Islands