Your guide to property titles in NSW

Learn the ins and outs of property ownership in New South Wales.

NSW property ownership guideIf you own property or are looking to buy property in NSW, it’s worth knowing how property ownership works, where you can access relevant information, the role of authorities such as Land and Property Information (LPI), and what to do in the event that you need to change ownership structure of your land (plus the costs involved).

NSW property and land ownership

Property ownership records are governed by LPI under the Torrens title system. The Torrens title system gives landowners validation and security of property ownership in NSW.

How to access property title information

The most common way to access property title information is online. LPI provides easy online access to many of the land title records of NSW through the LPI Online Shop.

Otherwise, you can request information over the client services counter at LPI Queens Square, Sydney.

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Changing property ownership

How to add a partner's name to the title

If you’d like to add your partner’s name to the title or transfer property ownership, you should notify your lender before you begin the process.

To add someone’s name to the property title, you will need to obtain a transfer form from the LPI website under "Land title dealing forms". To complete the transfer form correctly, make sure:

  • You record your partner’s name as transferee part (H)
  • You choose the form of tenancy (H) either joint tenants or tenants in common
  • You sign as the transferor
  • Both of you sign as the transferees

Next, complete and lodge a Notice of Sale (NOS) form which you can access from the LPI Online Shop. Once you’ve done this, access your original Certificate of Title (currently held by you or your lender) and any mortgage documents prepared by your lender.

Your lender can lodge the documents and the Certificate of Title on your behalf once you’ve completed the Transfer Form and had it approved by the State Office of Revenue (OSR).

For more tips about how to fill out the property transfer form, check out our article here.

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How to change the name of an owner on the certificate of title (if they are remaining on the title)?

If you have changed your name since you were recorded on the land title, you can apply to LPI to have your new name reflected on the property title.

You’ll need to submit:

  • Change of Name form 10CN. This form can be accessed from the LPI website.
  • Notice of Sale (NOS) or Transfer of land form. Both of these forms can be accessed from the LPI website.
  • Certificate of title. The current version of the Certificate of Title will need to be lodged with your Change of Name and Notice of Sale (NOS) forms. If your property is mortgaged, you’ll need to contact your lender and ask them to provide your Certificate of Title at LPI to formally register your name change.
  • Identification/Evidence. You’ll need to supply two forms of ID evidence, such as an Australian birth certificate or a current Australian driver’s licence. To view the full evidence list, visit the LPI website. The evidence required may vary slightly depending on the reason for the name change. For instance, if you changed your name due to marriage, you’ll need to attach a copy of the Marriage Certificate which is issued by the Registry of Births. If you changed your name due to divorce, you will need to state this in part 3 of the statutory declaration on the Change of Name 10CN form.
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Transferring an interest in a torrens property title

If you’d like to transfer an interest or a share of your land to another person, such as a family member or friend, you need to lodge a Transfer form 01T and a Notice of Sale or Transfer of Land form.

You’ll need to submit the following to LPI:

  • Transfer form 01T (approved by the Office of State Revenue) or a Transfer Severing Joint Tenancy form 01TJ
  • Notice of Sale or Transfer of Land (NOS) form
  • Original Certificate of Title for the relevant property
  • Statutory declaration
  • Lodgement fee

The transfer forms can be accessed online through the LPI website or from the client services counter at the LPI Sydney office.

For more information about how to change property ownership and the costs involved, visit the LPI website or check out our guide.

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LPI service fees

The below is a summary of some of the main fees charged for NSW land title registration services:

Service type Example services Cost
Dealings and related documents
  • The amendment of a certificate of title
  • Change of name
  • Discharge of mortgage
$109.50 (per service)
General register of deeds
  • Registering or recording a deed or power of attorney
$105.50 (per service)
Plans and related documents
  • Change of by-laws or change of address of an owners corporation
$109.50 (per service)

For more details about the LPI service costs, please visit the LPI website.

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    NickDecember 17, 2018

    I want to transfer ownership (sell) of my freehold house to my brother in law. can we do this ourselves?

    • finder Customer Care
      MayDecember 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, you can do a DIY when transferring your property to another. So when you sell or transfer, that’s definitely changing the name on the property. You may want to check our simple guide here on how you can do it yourself. That page also outlines some possible fees you’d incur as well as discussing the different types of ownership structure.

      If in case you’d change your mind and will get a conveyancer to do the paperworks smoothly, you may like to check out our guide here. Otherwise, there are DIY conveyancing tips outlined on this page which you might find useful.

      Hope this has helped.


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    KannadaDecember 14, 2018

    Hi there, what would the entire process cost, to add a child to a property title/deed.The property is in NSW & the mortgage has been paid off in full. Also, What would the approx legal fees for such a process cost? Thank you.

    • finder Customer Care
      MayDecember 20, 2018Staff

      Hi Kannada,

      Thank you for your question.

      As to the total cost you would incur when adding a name (your child) to your property will actually vary. Depending on your personal circumstance and the property value, stamp duty may be payable. In some cases, you may also be exempt from paying this tax. Please check this page to get more idea about stamp duty in NSW. With regards to the fees including legal, valuation and processing fees, that will depend on whose services you’ll go with. So best to check these up-front before you start working with someone.

      I’d also encourage you to contact your local state revenue office to confirm the whole process and some fees that may be involved.

      Hope this has helped.


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    KhadijahOctober 17, 2017


    We have just bought a house on mortgage and my name is as a occupier and my partners as the owner. How can I add my name as a joint owner.


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      October 18, 2017

      Hello Khadijah,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Kindly refer to the above steps on ‘How to add a partner’s name to the title’. In completing the transfer form, make sure that you have the following correctly:

      * You record your partner’s name as transferee part (H)
      * You choose the form of tenancy (H) either joint tenants or tenants in common
      * You sign as the transferor
      * Both of you sign as the transferees

      Then continue following the rest of the instructions given above. Make sure that you notify first your Lender before you make the request.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any additional questions.


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