FAQ

What is the land registration system?

Under the land registration system information is indexed according to parcels of land, instead of by the owner’s name. Tying ownership and interests in land to a particular parcel makes searching simpler and less prone to confusion and error. Under Land Registration, the registered owner is, by law, conclusively the owner of the parcel.

In the old registry system, ownership can only be determined after a review of all relevant title documents deposited at the Registry of Deeds. Lawyers then give their opinion as to who owns and has legal rights in the property (opinion on title). After a parcel is converted to the Land Registration System, there is no need to do an historic review of title – a person wishing to know who owns a parcel of land simply has to do a quick check in the system database to see who is listed as the registered owner. This eliminates the wasteful, expensive, and repetitive need to search the historic title to land each time it is transferred, subdivided, or mortgaged.

The system also provides online links to other land implemented, the system will connect all land-related information needed to make all land transactions simpler for everyone. Since land tranactions are the chief economic drivers in any market economy, this new system will help improve the economy and benefit all Nova Scotian’s.

SOURCE:
Government of Nova Scotia – Access Nova Scotia – January 2017

When does property get converted to the land registration system?

Any parcel of land that is being sold, subdivided (involving 3 or more parcels in total) or mortgaged must be converted into the land registration system. As well, anyone who owns property may voluntarily convert their property into the land registration system. If you are getting a mortgage, you may obtain one before your property is converted, however, the mortgage will not bind your property until your parcel is converted. For this reason, your financial institution may require you to convert your property before it releases the mortgage funds. Please see your lender for details.

SOURCE:
Government of Nova Scotia – Access Nova Scotia – January 2017