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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Mc Allister

First Property Registration: A Simplified Guide

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

The Registration of Title Act 1964 (Compulsory Registration of Ownership) (Cork and Dublin) Order 2010 (S.I. 516/2010) marked a significant shift in property ownership registration in Ireland. It brought about the compulsory registration of title in the Land Registry, which is now managed and controlled by the Property Registration Authority (PRA). This mandatory registration initially applied to the counties and cities of Dublin and Cork from June 1, 2011, and has since been extended to cover all counties in Ireland. This transition from the older system of registration in the Registry of Deeds signifies a pivotal step towards modernizing property registration and paving the way for "e-conveyancing."

What Is First Property Registration?

First Property Registration is a fundamental process where the ownership and property details are registered in the Land Registry. The core components include creating property "folios" and mapping them through Land Registry maps. These folios and maps collectively form the official register maintained in the Land Registry.

Advantages of Holding a Registered Title:

  1. Simplified Title Proof: Registered titles simplify the process of proving ownership. No longer do you need a bundle of title deeds; instead, you can rely on the registered title for a straightforward verification of property ownership.

  2. State Guarantee: A Land Registry title is backed by the State's guarantee. If it is ever revealed that an error occurred during registration, and someone experiences a loss as a result of that error, the State indemnifies them against such losses. The Land Registry rigorously examines titles submitted for registration, ensuring a high level of scrutiny before acceptance.

In summary, First Property Registration is a vital step in property ownership in Ireland. It streamlines the process of proving ownership and provides a robust State guarantee for registered titles, offering peace of mind and protection for property owners. If you have further questions or need assistance with property registration, feel free to reach out to us at We're here to make the process as clear and efficient as possible for you.

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