Deeds & Legal Documents

Deeds
Property is usually transferred to a new owner by either a Warranty Deed or a Quit Claim Deed.

  • Warranty Deed - the seller guarantees the buyer that (s)he owns total interest in the property. Any problems that may arise regarding title are the responsibility of the seller to resolve.
  • Quit Claim Deed - the seller guarantees the buyer that (s)he owns only the interest the seller had in the property. Any problems that may arise regarding title must be resolved by the buyer.

Certification of Title
It is advisable to have a lawyer conduct a title search to help ensure good title to the property.

The Certificate of Title confirms that a title search has been conducted on the property and in your lawyer's opinion it is a marketable title.

Right-of-way Agreements
If access to the property involves crossing lands owned by others, you should ensure there is a legal right-of-way. If a legal right-of-way does not exist, one should be acquired before purchasing the property.

If you are unable to obtain a legal right-of-way to the property there is a Nova Scotia Statute called the Private Ways Act that you may use to gain access.

Resources

Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds Service Locations
1-800-670-4357 / 1-902-424-5200 (outside NS)

Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds
1-800-670-4357 / 1-902-424-5200 (outside NS)

Nova Scotia Municipalities
1-800-670-4357 / 1-902-424-5200 (outside NS)