17th July 2009.
Important announcement made by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform regarding unregistered land in Galway City, Galway County and various other counties.

An important announcement was recently made by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, T.D, regarding compulsory registration for unregistered property in Galway City, County and beyond.

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, T.D. has signed an Order extending compulsory registration of ownership of land. With effect from 31 December 2009, compulsory registration is extended to the following additional counties; Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Leitrim, Limerick, Mayo, Monaghan, North Tipperary, Offaly, South Tipperary and Waterford and cities Galway, Limerick and Waterford [as defined in Section 10 of the Local Government Act 2001]. S.I. 176 of 2009 - Extension of Compulsory Registration.

This means that from the 1st January 2010, it will be compulsory to register unregistered land in the Land Registry. It is important to note this announcement, especially  if you  are considering buying or selling unregistered property in one of the affected areas. 

Unregistered land  has been commonly known or referred to as Registry of Deeds title. If you are considering selling unregistered property it would be advisable to have your title investigated now and your  application for registration of any unregistered land completed or prepared in advance of the sale. This will, or should, prevent any undue delay in the completion of the sale and thereby save you money in the process. Similarly if you are considering buying unregistered property then the title should be inspected by a suitable qualified solicitor well in advance of you signing contracts to ensure that the title is good and marketable and capable of being registered in a reasonable time frame. Otherwise you may be lumbered with a problematic title which may inhibit you selling on the property or raising finance on it.

If you require any further information or assistance on this topic,  please feel free to contact us on 091 582942 or email greg@gns.ie