Reminder that some fees will fall from 17 March

On Monday 17 March our new Fee Order will come into force. We will be introducing: a flat fee for all ‘inspection of documents’ and ‘official copy of document’ (OC2) applications a reduction in the number of fee bands for scale 1 registrations a reduction in the fee for scale 1 registrations of properties priced…

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Wider powers and Local Land Charges consultation

Readers have until Sunday 9 March to respond to our consultation on widening our powers and providing Local Land Charges searches. The first part seeks views on extending our powers to provide information and register services relating to land and other property. This would enable us to play a wider role in facilitating the land…

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Refunds on applications to register the grant of an easement

If you have submitted an application to register the grant or acquisition of an easement you may have overpaid us. You may be eligible to claim a refund if your application was submitted since 1 April 2004 and related to three or more title numbers. Since 1 April 2004 you should have been charged under…

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Test out our new MapSearch service

All Business e-services customers can test out our new free-to-use web-based MapSearch service available through the portal. MapSearch is an instantaneous, self-service alternative to our Search of the Index Map (SIM) service. At no cost, MapSearch users can: quickly establish whether land or property is registered view the location of registered land/property obtain title numbers,…

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Cancellation of Form A restrictions

When application is made to cancel a restriction in Form A of Schedule 4 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 we require evidence which shows that: where there is a sole proprietor, the proprietor is now the only person with a beneficial interest in the property, or where there are joint proprietors, the proprietors now…

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The Land Registration Act 2002 – 10 years on: leases

In the fifth of our series on the anniversary of the Land Registration Act 2002, a Land Registry lawyer looks at the recent history of leases The basis of registered leasehold conveyancing was not, of itself, an issue which was one of the drivers of change to the system of registration that existed under the…

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House Price Index calendar

Land Registry is one of the United Kingdom’s four producers of official house price statistics, along with the Office for National Statistics, Registers of Scotland and Land & Property Services, Northern Ireland. Work is underway to develop a single UK House Price Index, as reported in Landnet 39. Land Registry’s House Price Index (HPI) will…

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Property Alert helps protect public against fraud

Our new Property Alert service is designed to help members of the public protect themselves against property fraud. The online property monitoring service has been running as a ‘beta’ service since the beginning of January and following excellent feedback will now go live to everyone on Tuesday 4 March. The free service is aimed at…

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Practice guide update

You can find the latest versions of all our practice guides on our website. The latest updates are (most recent first): February 2014 Section 9.8 of Practice Guide 40 – Land Registry plans – Supplement 2 – Guidance for preparing plans for Land Registry applications has been updated to provide clarification on guidelines for plans printed…

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Registration of company charges

Although the regime for the registration of charges by companies with the Companies Registry changed nearly a year ago, a significant number of applications to Land Registry to register a company charge do not include all the required evidence. When lodging a company charge dated on/after 6 April 2013 for registration with Land Registry you…

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Execution of deeds by local authorities

Local authorities are significant landowners. About 770,000 titles (3 per cent of the current total) are registered to local authorities. It is not surprising then that local authorities are often involved in conveyancing transactions. Most local authorities execute deeds using a seal, although parish and community councils are expressly exempted from any requirement to keep…

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Land Registry – when two worlds collide

Land Registry museum

As the ‘digital guy’ and ‘newbie’ here (did you know that the average length of service is currently 22 years?), I’m frequently amazed and intrigued by the rich history of Land Registry.

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