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Are there any other registers or sources of information that it is usual to search when buying a property or lending money on mortgage?

Information about immovables and related rights is entered in the land register. Additional information can be found from the following registers:

1. Geoportal of Estonian Land Board (cadastre, http://xgis.maaamet.ee/xGIS/XGis) offers the following public information:

1.1   Address data.
1.2   Historical maps.
1.3   Detail planning.
1.4   Engineering geology.
1.5   Database of geodetical point.
1.6   Geology;
1.7   Hogweed control and nature management activities.
1.8   Restrictions.
1.9   Place name register.
1.10 Cultural monuments.
1.11 Nature protection and Natura 2000.
1.12 Land information.
1.13 Road information.
1.14 Mineral deposits.
1.15 Soil map.
1.16 Nitrate-sensitive zone.
1.17 Cultural heritage.
1.18 State land sales.

Land register information system is linked to the cadastre which means that one can easily look specific information about immovable and its restrictions.

2. National Register of Construction Works www.ehr.ee maintains records of construction works which are being built or which are being used. The following information is entered in the register of construction works:

2.1Information concerning a construction work, including essential technical specifications of the construction work and information concerning the physical unit of the construction work as defined in the Apartment Ownership Act.
2.2 Information concerning the location of the construction work, including the cadastral code.
2.3 Information contained in the building permit.
2.4 Information contained in the written approval issued by the local authority.
2.5 Information contained in the occupancy and use permit.
2.6 Information concerning persons related to the construction work.
2.7 Information concerning the owner of the construction work.
2.8 Information concerning persons related to the building work performed on the construction work.
2.9 Information concerning the building work performed.
2.10 Information concerning site investigations and evaluations of the construction work and concerning persons who conducted such investigations or performed such evaluations.
2.11 Information concerning any liens in respect of a construction work which is a movable.
2.12 Information concerning any executory liens or any prohibitions of dealings in respect of a construction work which is a movable.
2.13 Information related to cultural monuments.
2.14 Information contained in an enforcement order issued by an official exercising construction oversight authority.
2.15 Information contained in an enforcement order issued by an official exercising public oversight authority.
2.16 Information concerning energy performance certificates.

Information mentioned above is submitted by local authorities, the Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority, the Heritage Conservation Inspectorate, notaries public, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, undertakings which issue energy performance certificates in respect of buildings, bailiffs and the Financial Intelligence Unit. The information recorded in the register of construction works is public and is made publicly accessible on the website of the Registry of Construction Works.

Land register information system is linked to the register of construction works which means that one can easily look specific information about immovable and buildings connected.

Since for the transfer of immovable property ownership or encumbrance of an immovable with a real right and for the transfer or encumbrance of a real right encumbering an immovable or the amendment of the content of such real right, a notarised agreement between the entitled person and the other party (a real right contract) is required, notary public makes all the necessary enquiries to find out the hidden charges and explains the circumstances to parties.