Proof of property ownership requires a clear and unattached title to the land and improvements, such as buildings, under review. The issue can become complicated if there are tax liens on the property, such as for back taxes, or if the loan on the property has not been paid in full, although the legal standard for establishing ownership in most states is the owner's name on a title certified by a courthouse of record. Follow these steps to prove ownership of your property if your title is destroyed or misplaced.
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Go to the records room or deed room of the courthouse in the county where your property is located.
Look up the title for your property, which will be recorded and registered with the courthouse after the sale closing and again when all liens have been lifted from the title.
Get a court clerk to help you in locating the record. Most courthouses file land titles based on a system of districts within the county where the land is located. You will need to look up the title in the record book for your particular district.
Ask a clerk to made a copy of the title, which must be in the owner's name.
Have the notary public of the courthouse notarise the title document.
Complete the application paperwork in localities that require a written, signed application for a replacement title, and send the documents via certified mail to the address provided on the application.
Present the title to prove ownership of your property.
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