When a person dies and their property or land will be inherited by someone else, it is normally necessary to register the change of ownership with us. How you do this will depend on what the person who died owned. There are three options.
The person who died owned registered land
If they were the sole owner, or sole surviving owner and you have either probate or letters of administration, you can:
- The person who died owned registered land.
- The person who died owned unregistered land.
- I am not sure whether the person who died owned any land.
All cases your completed forms must be accompanied by:
- Transfer the property to the person(s) who inherits it>
- Transfer the property to someone else
- Register the personal representatives of the person who died
If the person who died was a joint owner with someone who is still living, you should register the death with us.
The person who died owned unregistered land
- An official copy of the probate or letters of administration (We will return these to you)
- Stamp duty land tax certificate where necessary,
- The appropriate fee.
The land must be registered for the first time once the transfer has taken place. If the person who has died is a joint owner and at least one other joint owner is still living, you do not need to involve the Land Records Bureau. But you can register the property voluntarily if you wish.
I'm not sure whether the person who died owned any land
In most cases the person who died will have title deeds for any land or property they owned. These deeds might be:
- At home
- Held for safe keeping by a solicitor or bank
- Held by the lender as security (If the land is mortgaged).
If you think the land might be registered then you can request ownership documents from us. If you are the personal representatives, you can also contact us to search by the property owner's name.