How does one search a title at the land office? In other words, how and why do you use the information that the land office has recorded about the titles that it has registered?
There are some important reasons you may need to look at land office records. First, if you're buying or long-leasing property in Thailand, you want to know who owns it. Let's say you look around and decide that you want to buy or long-lease a house in a neighbourhood you know is a desirable one. The agent introduces you to a lady whose husband has recently died. The agent explains that the house belonged to the lady's husband, but that the widow is now the owner.
The more you see the house, the more you like it. It's reasonably priced, and, as you should, you ask neighbours and friends in the area about the place. They think highly of the lady and don't know anything about the house that would make you not want to buy. Examples of things that would make you not want to buy that the neighbours might know are that there's a polluting factory nearby area or that there was recently a fire in the house and much of the damage has been covered up with one coat of paint.
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