1. In your system, before granting a deed for sale or mortgage, is it compulsory, necessary or convenient to get information from the Land Registry?
In the Portuguese land registry (PLR) system, before granting a deed for sale or a mortgage it is compulsory for the notary or other authorised conveyancer (lawyers, solicitors or registrars) to get information from the Land Registry.
2. What type of information is requested?
According to the law, a certificate from the land registry¹ shall be obtained at the land registry office or online. In this certificate one must check the registered owner, information about the status of the property and also for ownership and encumbrances. This information shall be stated in the deed.
3. Who usually (or legally) deals with requesting this LR information? Public notaries? Solicitors? Interested parties themselves? Banks?
Anyone can request this information, but usually notaries deal with collecting LR information. In matters of judiciary charges, Court Representatives or Attorneys do so, on their own initiative or by means of a writ or judiciary order as the case may be.
*The main features of this certificate are further explained in the «Land Registry Publicity» fact sheet