Changes to Ownership
Filing to the Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR)
As of November 30th 2020, land title applications may require a LOTR transparency declaration and transparency report where relevant. Applications requiring and missing an accompanying LOTR form will be returned without processing. All applications submitted by mail should be sent to the New Westminster Land Title office to avoid processing delays. For more information about LOTR visit landtransparency.ca
The general instructions on this website do not guarantee registration
All land title applications undergo a complete examination after they are received. The LTSA recommends you consult with a legal professional who can provide advice on compliance with these statutory forms and related matters.
LTSA employees are not permitted to provide legal advice or assist in completing forms. If you choose to submit an application yourself, the land title office registration process for applications received by mail or in person is described below.
Important Legal Considerations
Transferring title, such as after the purchase of a new home or death of a spouse, often requires the expertise of a legal professional.
A legal professional can investigate the current status of the title in the land title register to determine the required land title documentation. Other considerations include:
- Transmission of property requires specific documents that may be issued by various governments throughout the world. There are other legal aspects to consider such as estate planning, future title ownership needs or land tax deferment possibilities.
- There may be court documents or certificates required that your lawyer may identify and apply for on your behalf which allows the registration of a change in title to proceed with fewer time delays.
- After filing the necessary documentation with the LTSA, the legal professional will be responsible for any potential deficiencies in the documents and will be required to remedy them, at their cost.
Legal Professionals Protect Your Interests
A legal professional becomes your representative in these matters and acts on your behalf. They can advise you on appropriately recording your title ownership and answer property tax questions.
Legal professionals electronically file land title documentation offering enhanced fraud protection through the electronic digital signature process.
Please hire a legal professional who can give you advice on compliance with these statutory forms and related matters. Your legal professional can also provide you with a current State of Title Certificate which is a certified true copy of the new title record.
Types of Tenancy
There are different ways to share ownership or tenancy on title. An interest in land may be held by multiple owners as joint tenants or as tenants in common.
The primary benefit of holding land as joint tenants is it carries with it a right of survivorship. So when a joint tenant dies the interest in land passes to the surviving joint tenants.
Another type of shared ownership is tenants in common. To remove an owner from title upon death requires application to the court to have the will proved and appointment of an executor.
If you are unsure, do a title search to confirm what your tenancy is on title. The title may state one of three options: joint tenants, tenants in common or nothing which means tenants in common. If the title is held in trust or you have further questions, please seek legal advice.
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Do not use correction fluid (wite-out) on your application. This will result in your application being returned to you. If an error is made, cross-out the text and write the correction above or complete a new form.
Should you wish to progress without engaging a legal professional, the following Courtesy Guides set-out the requirements to lodge an application with the LTSA:
The following sample forms may be helpful when working through the documents contained in the above Courtesy Guides: