cloud on title
cloud on title: an interest (as a lien) in real property that if valid impairs the owner's title compare quiet

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

cloud on title
n.
An encumbrance or claim on a title that could potentially impair the title but can be proven invalid by outside evidence, and can be removed by an action to quiet title.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


cloud on title
A claim or dispute about the ownership of or an encumbrance on property. For example, a tax lien on a piece of real estate or a possible claim by the heir of a former owner might create a cloud on the title. Or a past mortgage might have been paid off, but the property documents were never recorded (filed in the public land records). These kinds of potential problems are usually turned up in a title search. (See also: clear title)
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Selling a House

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


cloud on title
n. A defect or potential defect in the record of the title to real property that evidences a possible outstanding claim or encumbrance (such as an easement or a lien) that could annul or impair title to the property.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


cloud on title
An apparent claim or encumbrance, such as a lien, that, if true, impairs the right of the owner to transfer his or her property free and clear of the interests of any other party.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


cloud on title
An apparent claim or encumbrance, such as a lien, that, if true, impairs the right of the owner to transfer his or her property free and clear of the interests of any other party.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

cloud on title
   (cloud)
n.
   an actual or apparent outstanding claim on the title to real property. "Clouds" can include an old mortgage or deed of trust with no recording showing the secured debt was paid off, a failure to properly transfer all interests in the real property (such as mineral rights) to a former owner, a previous deed which was improperly written or signed, an unresolved legal debt or levy by a creditor or a taxing authority, or some other doubtful link in the chain of title. Often the "cloud" can be removed by a quiet title action, by finding a person to create or execute a document to prove a debt had been paid or corrected. Title companies will refuse to insure title to be transferred with a "cloud," or they will insure ownership except for ("insure around") the "cloud."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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