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Registration of Deeds Act (Northern Ireland) 1970

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13Common and negative searches by registry of deeds.N.I.

(1)A requisition may be made to the registry of deeds for a common search or negative search to be made by an officer of that registry of the records and documents therein, and such requisition shall be in such form, contain such particulars and be signed by such person as may be prescribed.

(2)All requisitions under subsection (1) shall be kept[F1, or recorded and the record kept,] in the registry of deeds in the prescribed manner[F1 for the prescribed period].

(3)Every common search and every negative search required by a requisition under subsection (1) shall be carried out in the manner and subject to the conditions prescribed for such a search.

(4)A statement or, in the case of a negative search, a certificate, in the prescribed form, containing the prescribed particularsF1. . . , shall, on the completion of every search carried out by the registry of deeds pursuant to a requisition under subsection (1), be issued to the person making the requisition.

(5)A certificate under subsection (4) shall include a copy of the requisition pursuant to which the negative search was carried out.

(6)For the purposes of any action brought by virtue of section 17, any error in or omission from any certificate under subsection (4) shall, according to the contents thereof, be evidence of a breach of duty imposed under the Registration of Deeds ActsF1. . . , both in respect of the execution of the search and of the extent and nature of the requisition.

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