When the evidence of title supplied by the seller is checked against the original deeds, this is referred to as verification of title1.
In registered land the buyer verifies title when making a pre-completion search at the Land Registry2. In unregistered land, the abstract or epitome should be checked against the seller's original deeds. The buyer must inspect the deeds within the time limit for raising requisitions3. Verification should therefore be carried out as part of the investigation of title procedure. Unless the contract provides to the contrary, the costs of verification are borne by the buyer
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