The land registration system in Yukon is based on the Torrens System of land registration. The Land Titles Act:
- establishes the system of registration of title to privately owned lands; and
- lets officials operate the system and the records that are to be maintained by them.
Under this system, the government has custody of all original:
- titles; and
- plans of survey.
The government is responsible for the validity and security of all registered land title information.
What does the Land Titles Office do?
It has the legal responsibility for examining and registering documents for:
- ownership of land;
- any charges; and/or
- encumbrances against the land and ensuring accuracy.
The office examines, registers, files and ensures accuracy of all survey plans for Yukon.
What services are not offered by the Land Titles Office?
The office cannot:
- fill out documents for you – seek legal representation and advice where necessary;
- act as a witness, or a notary public for the documents to be registered;
- interpret the contents of documents – seek legal representation and advice where necessary;
- give the legal description of a property if you only have the street address; you can get the legal description from the local municipal office.
We encourage you to become an informed consumer. You will not find a step-by-step guide on how to transfer a piece of property on your own. We can, however, point you in the right direction.
How can you obtain a photocopy of a Certificate of Title?
Anyone can obtain a photocopy of the title to a piece of property at the Land Titles Office.
You will need the legal description of the property:
- LTO plan number; and
- not the street address.
If you only have a street (civic) address, you can get a legal description from the local municipal office.
How can you change your address on the Certificate of Title?
- Download the Land Titles Office change of address form, or pick it up from the office.
- Sign, complete and return the form to the office.
The Land Titles Change of Address form is not to be confused with the Government of Yukon change of address form.
In person: Andrew A. Philipsen Law Centre (ground floor), 2130 Second Avenue. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Government of Yukon
Land Titles Office (J-2A)
How can you find out the zoning for your property?
This information is available at the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources Lands Branch or your municipality.
What information is contained in a Certificate of Title?
The Certificate of Title sets out the:
- owner's name;
- nature and limits of the owner's interest;
- legal description of the property and all encumbrances;
- liens and interests affecting the land;
- owner's mailing address (not necessarily the address of the property) date of the transfer; and
- declared value, which does not always reflect the purchase price.
What is a Duplicate Certificate of Title?
Prior to the Land Titles Act coming into force in 2015, each original Certificate of Title had a duplicate. This was so that Land Titles Office could:
- register the document; or
- transfer the property.
Under the new legislation, duplicate Certificates of Title are no longer created or issued.
What is a caveat?
A caveat is a "buyer beware" warning to anyone searching the Certificate of Title. It tells you that legal claim or interest in the property is being asserted by someone other than the registered owner. Instruments registered subsequent to the caveat are subject to the claims of the caveator as stated in the caveat.
What is a Certificate of Pending Litigation?
This is a court document that shows a court action has been filed against the property.
What is the difference between joint tenants and tenants-in-common?
If 1 tenant dies, his or her share of the property reverts to the surviving partner.
If 1 tenant dies his or her share in the property goes to the estate, to be disposed of by legal representation or the Public Administrator.
What is the difference between a survey plan and a surveyor's certificate?
This is the legal lot plan of a parcel of land and can be obtained from the Land Titles Office.
These are detailed drawings of specific parcels of land that can be required by banks for mortgage purposes. These cannot be obtained through the Land Titles Office.
Where do you pay your taxes?
Property taxes are payable at municipal offices or at the Property Assessment and Taxation office at 308 Steele Street, 1st floor. Their office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also pay online from May 15 through July 2.
What else should you search for while you're at the Land Titles Office?
Writs of Seizure and Sale are kept in a General Register against a person's name. These writs are not listed on the title itself.
For more information, contact the Land Titles Office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 867-667-5612; toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 extension 5612.