How to Search in the Registry of Deeds
All general law records, which date from 1827, are held in the Registry of Deeds in the Lands Building, 134 Macquarie Street, Hobart. The books of general law land grants, dating from the early 1800s, are now held at the Archives Office.
Staff in the Land Titles Office are not permitted to assist in searching records, other than to point out the layout of records in the room. If assistance in searching records is required, the services of a solicitor or search agent are recommended.
Where do I start?
NOTE: Memorials (copies of deeds) are filed in book/page number (eg 13/4500). Your solicitor, estate agent or vendor should be able to provide you with this number.
If you do not know the registered number(s) of the deed(s), you will need to know:
What if I only know the address?
A search of cadastral (plan and map) records may provide sufficient detail to commence your search. An additional search fee may be required to search the cadastre.
To search the cadastre:
You may search in the Registry by year of purchase and surname/s of the parties involved.
All deeds in the Registry are entered in the indexes, in alphabetical order of the surnames of the parties involved. Indices are divided into time zones being: 1827-1926, 1926-1942, 1942-1953, 1953-1957, 1958-1967, 1968-1972. Indices from 1972 to date are held as a computer database which may be viewed "REGISTRY OF DEEDS" on computer screens at the public counter or in the Registry.
By using the owner's surname and period of ownership, select the appropriate years' index book. On finding the owner's name, copy down all relevant entries.
Searchers are requested to take all due care in handling the books to ensure their own personal safety and preservation of the records. The Registry records may prove heavy to lift and awkward to photocopy, therefore you may want to bring someone with you to assist with searching.
You will be required to provide ID prior to key allocation.
A photocopy fee of $28.80 per document is payable if no search fee has been paid.
If a search of the cadastre at the Land Titles Office is required, the current cost is $43.20 per specified parcel. (Dependent on the search required, an additional $28.80 per hour fee may also apply.)
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