What are registration systems and what are their aims?

 

Land registration is a key principle in property law which allows for ownership to be identified; it also deals with possession and other rights that can be put onto the title of the property.  One of the central aims of registering land is to give publicity to the land, which offers benefits for tax purposes, as well as provides protection from disputes regarding the land as well as fraud.

Due to the unique features of property, a registration system is possible. Land will always be in a fixed and permanent location, which allows for easy identification of both location and identification of pre-existing rights to the land itself. Land is also limited, which makes it expensive and having a registration system limits the expense of figuring out what claims already exist on the land.

Finally, land can also be used for multiple purposes simultaneously and having the land registered allows potential buyers to know what pre-existing rights are owed to the land. With these unique features, this not only allows for land to be registered but also how these features apply to the land itself.

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