General law land

historical documentsThis type of title came about from land sold by the Crown (State of Victoria) prior to the introduction of the Torrens system in 1862.

General Law titles are based on a common law system, which originated in England.

The General law title system relies on a 'chain of deeds' to prove ownership. This 'chain' is made up of all documents since the land was sold by the Crown, and is still valid proof of ownership.

Conversion from General Law to Torrens title is a relatively simple process and is recommended by Land Use Victoria. The conversion process usually results in a title with a State Government guarantee of registered interests.

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Page last reviewed on 31 October 2016

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