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What is a "quiet title" action?

Anyone involved in a real estate title dispute in Pennsylvania may have heard the recommendation that they file a "quiet title" action. A quiet title action is an extremely effective way of resolving all kinds of disputes involving title to real estate. But what is a "quiet title" action and why is it called a "quiet title" action?

As described in Philadelphia court documents, a quiet title action is a legal action designed to settle land title disputes and to "quiet" any challenges to someone's rightful ownership. This action is often taken to resolve disputes involving a fraudulent conveyance of the title to a piece of property and to resolve ambiguities as to who actually owns a contested piece of land. If the person seeking to quiet title can prove that the current title is defective in some way, then he or she may be able to claim ownership of the property from the person or persons who currently hold the title.

This can be especially useful if you lost the title to a property through coercion, or if someone has committed theft of your property by forging the deed. This can also apply to cases in which allocation of property during disposition of a will is challenged due to claims of undue influence over decedents and their decisions regarding their estate. You can also quiet the title to remove certain mortgages and other liens that should have been, but were not, satisfied and you are unable to locate the mortgage or lien holder.

This has been an informational blog post written for reference only, and should not be misconstrued as actionable legal advice or counsel.

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