A caveat is a document lodged with the Registrar of Titles by a person claiming an interest in land registered under the Registration of Titles Act or Registration (Strata Titles) Act. Its objective is to prevent the registration of any change in the proprietorship or of any dealing with the property unless such dealings are made subject to the purchaser's interest.
in Jamaica, lands being registered are advertised in the daily newspapers weekly. If someone has applied to register land that you have an estate or interest in, without your consent, you may lodge a Caveat against bringing the land under the Registration of Titles Act. The Caveat must be lodged within the time prescribed by the Referee of Titles in the advertisement.
Forms of Caveats are available at the Office of Titles. You must consult an Attorney-at-law to commence an action in Court in respect of the interest claimed in the Caveat. Copies of the documents filed in Court must be submitted to the Registrar of Titles within one month of the lodging of the Caveat.
Failure to notify the Registrar of Titles of the Court proceedings will result in the Caveat lapsing after a month and the registration being proceeded with.
The Registrar of Titles may also in his own right lodge a caveat. You should contact the National Land Agency Registrar of Titles, 23 1/2 Charles Street, Kingston, Jamaica or your attorney-at-law for more detailed information.
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