What is a general warranty deed?

A general warranty deed (sometimes known as a full covenant and warranty deed) is a deed where the grantor (the person giving the deed) gives to the grantee (the person receiving the deed) all of the rights, title and interests in the property that the grantor has

The grantor provides all the covenants and warranties possible to the grantor in respect of title protection
In addition to the covenant of seisin and the covenant against encumbrances the general warranty deed contains 3 additional covenants:
  • quiet enjoyment that guarantees peaceful possession undisturbed by claims on title
  • further assurance that guarantees that the grantor will deliver any legal documents that may be needed to make the title good in the future
  • warranty forever that guarantees the grantor will defend the tail against any claims

A general warranty deed is an example of a statutory deed