What is Crown land conveyancing search?
A Crown land conveyancing search will give the following information about Crown land holdings as at a given date:
- Crown tenure type
- Crown tenure status
- registered holders
- Lot and DP identifiers
- primary due date
- current annual gross rental
- current amount due (only available where the debt transfers with the land).
What is a Crown tenure?
Crown tenure is a term used to describe:
- incomplete purchase, a perpetual lease, a term lease, a special lease or a permissive occupancy administered under the provisions of the Crown Lands (Continued Tenures) Act 1989
- any lease, licence or enclosure permit granted under the Crown Lands Act 1989
- any lease granted under the Western Lands Act 1901
When is a conveyancing search necesary?
The department strongly recommends anyone intending to purchasing a property, especially waterfront land or rural properties, undertakes a search of Crown land prior to settlement to determine:
- the existence of any Crown tenures
- any amounts due (the payment of these rents are subject to private arrangement between the vendor and the transferee)
- the due dates for any rental amounts owing.
You should discuss the need for a financial search with your solicitor.
Making an application for a search
Search applications can be made by completing the Conveyancing search: Crown land conveyancing search application and forwarding the form, together with payment, to:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (for monthly account holders only)
- Fax: (02) 4925 3452 or (for monthly account holders only)
- Post: PO Box 2155 Dangar NSW 2309
Please note that the search attracts a fee and no search results will be provided until full payment is received.
The following information should be provided on the Crown land conveyancing search form:
- holder(s) name
- property address
- Crown tenure type
- number and land district, (eg. SL 12345 Lithgow, EP 45/89 Molong)
- account number (if known)
- folio reference (certificate of title reference)
- Lot/DP number