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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I have paid off my Council loan and had to pay a legal fee/vacate fee of €100.00. What is the legal fee/vacate fee?
  2. I am a tenant of Cork City Council and I would like to buy my house. What do I do?
  3. I wish to transfer my house into the joint names of myself and my spouse or to my children or other relative.
  4. My house is in the joint names of myself and my spouse. My spouse is now deceased/my spouse and I are now separated. I want the house in my sole name. How do I go about having my spouse’s name removed from the Title Deeds?
  5. I called in to collect my Title Deeds to my property and was given only one document called a Transfer Order. Is this all the Title Deeds? What is a Transfer Order?
  6. I would like to sell my house back to the Council.
  7. I need a copy of my title deeds - is there a fee for this service?
  8. I need redemption figures to redeem my Council / housing loan. 
  9. I wish to have my deeds released to my Solicitor.

1. I have paid off my Council loan and had to pay a legal fee/vacate fee of €100.00. What is the legal fee/vacate fee?

This fee represents the legal fee charged by the Council for the work involved in:

  1. taking up title documents for the property from the Council’s Strong Room;
  2. Listing the Title Documents in a Schedule for receipting by the borrower/ borrower’s solicitor;
  3. Preparing the form of Vacate (that is the form that is executed by the Council for the purposes of confirming that all monies secured by the mortgage have been paid by the borrower to the Council)
  4. Having the form of Vacate executed by the Council
  5. Releasing the Title documents together with the form of Vacate to the borrower or the borrower’s solicitor.

It should be noted that in circumstances where a duplicate form of Vacate is required by the borrower or the borrower’s solicitor, a second legal fee will be payable to the Council.

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2. I am a tenant of Cork City Council and I would like to buy my house. What do I do?

Contact the Tenant Purchase office in the Fire Station. You will be asked to complete an Application form.

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3. I wish to transfer my house into the joint names of myself and my spouse or to my children or other relative.

Contact your Solicitor for this transaction.


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4. My house is in the joint names of myself and my spouse. My spouse is now deceased/my spouse and I are now separated. I want the house in my sole name. How do I go about having my spouse’s name removed from the Title Deeds?

Contact your Solicitor for this transaction.

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5. I called in to the Law Department of Cork City Council to collect my Title Deeds to my property and was given only one document called a Transfer Order. Does this document represent my document of Title to my house? What is a Transfer order?

The Transfer Order is the deed by which a house bought by a Tenant from the Council, is transferred to the Tenant. This is the only deed/document that is required to be completed to transfer ownership and it comprises a number of pages of text together with a map of the property. This Transfer Order, once executed by the Council and the tenant purchaser(s) is required to be sent to the Land Registry in Waterford for registration of the tenant purchaser(s) as owner(s) of the property. On completion of this registration, the tenant purchaser’s ownership is registered on a document called a Land Registry Folio. An official copy of the Land Registry Folio with filed plan (i.e. map of the property) attached may be requisitioned from the Land Registry upon payment of the Land Registry fee of €25.

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6. I would like to sell my house back to the Council.

Contact the Property Department at Norwich Union House, 88/89 South Mall, Cork; Telephone Number: 021 492 4334.

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7. I need a copy of my title deeds - is there a fee for this service?

Contact the Law Department at City Hall law@corkcity.ie, giving your name, address, account number. The Law Department may be contacted by e-mail at law@corkcity.ie.There is a copying charge for this service - see Schedule of Fees.

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8. I need redemption figures to redeem my Council / housing loan.

Contact the Law Department law@corkcity.ie giving your name, address, account number and type of loan. The redemption figures will be forwarded to you by mail. It should be noted that an annual recurring fee for retention of uncollected title deeds will be charged by the Council. This will arise after a period of 3 months following notification to the borrower to collect same. In this regard please see Schedule of Fees.

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9. I wish to have my deeds released to my Solicitor.

Complete the Form of Authority below and return to the Law Department.

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Form of Authority(6KB)