There is a human necessity to divide a nation’s land into parts, relate the parts to different owners and call it private or public property.
One of the oldest ways to identify these land ownership’s, herein by referred to as ‘property’ is through the description of their boundaries. If we analyse a Property Deed from last century, we will discover that it’s method to identify the property is still in use today. North, South, East and West, or front, right, left and back. In many cases the description of the boundaries are the name of other owners, or elements of the environment which may well not exist any more.
Another identification, present in Property Deeds, is the address of the property in question. However, names of roads and street numbers change more often than expected, especially in our city, Valencia, due to political decisions or urban growth.
The Land Registry has the function to inscribe any plot, piece of land, new construction and every modification of state, such as extensions, purchase operations, mortgages and demolitions. Due to the function as an archive, the Land Registry saves the information using numbers. Each property has a specific number, and every change of state is registered by a number of box, book and folio. The inscription number gives information of how many changes of state have happened during the lifetime of a property.
Article written by:
Javier Leonardo Rímolo
Gross & Rimolo