A glossary list of definitions for conveyancing terms and abbreviations beginning with ‘D’ can be found below.

Deed of Covenant

A legal document which binds the parties to perform certain acts (for example repair requirements) or refrain from acting in a certain way (for example not to keep animals at a property). This document is often required to be completed in Leasehold properties between the freehold owner and the new leasehold Buyer.

Deed of Gift

A document transferring ownership of a share or interest in a property from one person to another, but where no monetary payment is provided for the share transfer.

Deed of Guarantee

A document used where one person legally agrees to take over the obligations or duties of another person in the event they default on such obligations, usually in relation to a mortgage.

Deed of Grant

A legal document which gives specific benefits to a property owner (for example right to use a shared driveway).

Deed of Postponement

A legal document where one party, usually a mortgage lender, agrees to postpone their rights in favour of another party. In the case of a mortgage lender it may be agreed their legal charge will move to be ranked lower than a new legal charge.

Deed of Rectification

A legal document which corrects an error within the original terms of an existing legal document.

Deed of Variation

A legal document which changes the original terms of an existing legal document.


Also known as Title Deeds. See Title Deeds for the definition.

Defect in Title

A term used to describe when a problem within the legal ownership of a property is located. Such a problem will usually need to be remedied before Completion or if possible a suitable indemnity insurance policy be obtained to protect against adverse affects of the defect.


The amount of money of which the Buyer is putting toward the purchase of the property. Typically the amount would be equal to 10% of the purchase price at exchange of contracts, although sometimes a seller will accept less than 10%. The remaining balance of the purchase price is due upon completion.


The decrease in value of a property.


A disbursement is a payment made by a solicitor on your behalf that will be claimed back. Disbursements can include your Search Fees, Land Registry Title Documents and more.