Register of Deeds

Definition - What does Register of Deeds mean?

The register of deeds is a government office that is located in each county in the USA, which deals with recording interests on property, such as ownership over land and long-term tenancies on farmlands or other properties. When a property is bought or leased on a long-term tenancy, it is a legal requirement for the details of both parties to be listed in the register of deeds.

Justipedia explains Register of Deeds

A person is able to check the ownership status of their property, or that of any property that they are considering buying or leasing, to determine whether or not they are being supplied with true and correct details. This means that a person is unable to sell property that does not belong to them because the register of deeds has the names of every person that owns property in every area, and only those people—who are legally allowed to transact on the person's behalf (such as a liquidator)—are able to sell.

If a person owes substantial monies to another person through a court order or otherwise, it is possible for the lender to take a charge over the debtor's property, which allows them to get paid if the property is ever sold.

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