What You Need to Know About The Deeds Registries (Amendment) Act No. 8/2017

The Deeds Registries (Ammendment) Act was gazetted and came into effect on the 25th of June 2018. The amendments to take note of are:

Section 78 of the Act which now restricts the execution of powers of attorney to only those witnessed and signed by a legal practitioner, notary public or justice of the peace. This new provision renders null and void powers of attorney for deeds registry purposes if they are signed before commissioners of oaths and/ or other “competent witnesses” whom were previously permissible prior to the 25th of June 2018;
The other notable amendment in the Act permits the digitization of the deeds registry in line with the establishment of an electronic deeds registry;
The goal with the added Sections 3 and 4 of the Act are to supplement the paper-based registry in a bid to enhance the deeds registry service by expediting and facilitating administration processes in deeds registry;
This grants access to the electronic registry for the purpose of information-gathering to the legal practitioners and public at large thereby safeguarding against fraud in property registration as well as ensures that the violations of privacy and other abuses are minimal or completely removed;
Visit the Deeds Office portal here.

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