We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Statutory Warranty Deed?

By Christopher John
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
MyLawQuestions is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At MyLawQuestions, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A statutory warranty deed, or special warranty deed, is a document that transfers ownership of land. This type of deed contains specific promises from the person transferring the land, the grantor, to the person receiving the land, the grantee. The law refers to these promises as warranties or covenants. Legislative bodies have created a specific form that is used to serve as a statutory warranty deed.

To understand a statutory warranty deed, it is useful to compare it with two other types of deeds often used in the U.S. There's the quitclaim deed, a type of deed that does not provide any type of warranties to the grantee. A grantor that uses a quitclaim deed is only transferring whatever interest he may have in such property. Therefore, this type of deed does not provide any type of protection to a grantee from other people claiming an ownership interest in the land. It also does not protect against claims from encumbrances upon the land.

The second type of deed is a general warranty deed, or a warranty deed. This type of deed provides specific promises to a grantee. The usual warranties in this deed are that the grantee has title to the land, that there are no encumbrances on the land except as stated in the deed, and that no other party will make a claim of ownership to such property. This type of deed provides the greatest amount of protection to a grantee. It obligates the grantor to defend the grantee from any claims made on the land and entitles the grantee to recover any losses from the grantor.

A statutory warranty deed, also called a special warranty deed, also provides specific promises to a grantee. These promises are limited in comparison to promises contained in a general warranty deed. A special warranty deed only protects the grantee against lawful claims arising under the grantor. This means the grantor is not responsible for any claims made by people having claims from prior owners of the property.

To illustrate, a grantor transfers property to a grantee using a statutory warranty deed but fails to specify in the deed that there is a mortgage on the land. The grantor is liable to the grantee. The grantor, however, is not liable to the grantee if a third party makes a claim to the property as long as the grantor did not do anything to cause such a claim. If the grantor used a general warranty deed, he would be liable to the grantee for any claims. A general warranty deed generally protects a grantee against claims from all people while a special warranty deed protects against claims that arise only from actions of the grantor.

Certain jurisdictions in the U.S. have established that the use of certain terms in a deed will cause it to become a general warranty deed. For example, the words “convey” and “warrant” will cause the deed to operate as a general warranty deed. In other jurisdictions, however, the use of the terms “grant” or “warrant specially” will cause the deed to function as a statutory warranty deed.

MyLawQuestions is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

By anon1005172 — On Jul 04, 2021

Why is thereno mention of what happened to allodial titles?

By Logicfest — On Jan 02, 2015

@Terrificli -- That is true, but not all deed transfers are covered by a mortgage. In many cases, a quitclaim deed or statutory warranty deed will do fine. What are some of those cases? You could have a married couple going through a divorce and one party quitclaiming his or her interest in a property so as to grant it to the ex-spouse.

In many cases, you don't need something as iron clad as a general warranty deed. Other instruments will do just fine.

By Terrificli — On Jan 01, 2015

If you are financing the purchase of property or a home, you probably want to get general warranty deed instead of a special warranty deed, quitclaim deed or anything else.

Well, actually, your title company will probably insist on a general warranty deed. That is because the title company is pulled in to write insurance when property is financed and is on the hook if title cannot be transferred. To minimize risk, the title company will want a general warranty deed and will research to make sure that deed transfer will stick.

MyLawQuestions, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

MyLawQuestions, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.