A Historic Title is a Certificate of Title for a property that is not the current title. The Historic Title will identify the previous registered proprietors of the property and when the changes in ownership occurred.
How to Order a Historic Title
When you are ordering an Historic Title you can specify the address, DP or CT number as usual, but you can also provide the Historic Title reference number. In the sample provided you can order it as follows: NA551/26.
- Urgent Historic Titles are delivered electronically to your email address within an hour during operating hours (Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm).
- Overnight Historic Titles are delivered electronically to your email address by 10am the following working day.
This Historic Title product can be used to identify the previous registered proprietors of the title and may identify the interests registered on the title. Depending on the age of the Historic Title, it may also contain some of the following information:
The Title Reference, or Identifier Number:
These are unique for every title. Newer title reference/identifier numbers are numerical such as 564738. Older title reference/identifier numbers refer firstly to the land district of the property i.e the greater Auckland area is known as North Auckland or NA and then a combination of letters and numbers such as: NA125A/45.
This is the date that the title was issued e.g 13 March 2007.
The Land Registration District:
This identifies which of the 12 Land Districts the title is registered in e.g Wellington is WN, Canterbury is CB and Otago is OT.
The Prior Title Reference:
This is the previous title reference for the property.
The Legal Description:
This identifies the parcel of land e.g Lot 1 DP 3465 or Unit B DP 34098.
The Current Proprietors:
e.g Pete Mitchell or Titles Incorporated Ltd.
The Property Size:
The property size is described in either hectares or metres e.g 2308 metres more or less; or 8.457 hectares more or less.
A summary of any Registered Interests:
e.g these could include Consent Notices, Mortgages, Easements. The Historic Title document may provide a brief summary of these such as: Land Covenant in Transfer A569789 – 1.6.2003 at 11.15am. These interests are provided as separate documents and can be purchased from the Interest on a Title page.
The Nature of the property:
e.g Fee Simple.
The Plan Diagram of the property:
The Historic Title may contain a Plan Diagram, if provided this illustrates the shape of the property and usually includes the Boundary Line Measurements. A more detailed Survey Plan or Unit Title Plan is sold separately.
The Issue Date of the title:
Each time a title is requested from the LINZ database it is stamped with a date in the bottom right hand corner.