Deed of Confirmation

What is a Deed of Confirmation

A Deed of Confirmation is sometimes alternatively called a Correction Deed. It is used in cases where a previous deed contains errors that need to be corrected.  When it comes to property deeds, over long periods and through the various arduous legal processes that take place, it is not uncommon for human error to creep in. The deeds for a property may therefore contain errors of various kinds.

There can be many reasons that a Confirmation Deed is used to address and rectify these types of error, particularly when it comes to asserting the legal rights associated with the property and thereby safeguarding the owner of the property from potential future issues.

Property

When people buy and sell property, the deed is what asserts the conveyance of the property from the seller to the buyer. The deed will typically also contain a number of warranties, assuring the property as part of the terms of the sale.

When you buy a property, the title deeds are a record of your ownership of the property, and are registered as part of the Land Registry service. This will indicate any rights and responsibilities that you have with regard to the property, as well as details of any mortgage that you have on it.

Inaccuracies

All manner of errors and inaccuracies may find their way into the documents for a deed. Simple errors such as spelling mistakes in names, addresses etc are common. Also, the description of the property, or, for example, the total area of land contained within it, may be inaccurate.

The legal processes associated with property are lengthy, often arduous and costly, so it’s best to avoid where possible, making amendments to the original documents. Particularly with older properties that have had eventful histories in terms of ownership etc, the process of changing original documents and deeds is generally extremely troublesome.

This is why such legal avenues as Deeds of Confirmation are used, to assert the relevant information about the property, thereby protecting any interests in it for future events.

However, the Confirmation Deed cannot be used to alter anyone’s interest in a property or land. For example, the details of buyer and seller in a Deed of Confirmation must be the same as they are in the original deed. All that can be changed are inaccuracies relating to the property and/ or land.

Security

The title deeds for your property as registered by the Land Registry are what give your title security. For this reason, you may want to make sure any inaccuracies are corrected in case of future legal issues – this is one of the main functions of a Confirmation Deed.

Additionally, when you come to sell the property at some future date, the legal processes may well run more smoothly (and more quickly) if you have ironed out any discrepancies at this stage. Any future issues that you may have with the land will likely be less awkward and costly if you make sure that the property is represented accurately in the deed documents from this point forward.