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Can I be certain that I acquired the property?

Before purchasing a real property it is obvious that the purchaser examines whether the seller is the registered owner of the property and whether the title deed lists any encumbrances relating to the property. If, however, the investigation stops at this point and does not cover the transaction on the basis of which the seller acquired the property, the purchaser may face some unpleasant surprises.

According to the principles of the civil law, ownership rights can only be acquired from the owner. This principle applies to properties as well: the purchaser can only acquire ownership if the seller was the owner of the property. As the land registry authentically certifies who the owner of the property is, it seems easy to check the owner of a real property. More…