From Monday 20 October we have changed the way we create title plans for the majority of leasehold registrations that involve a floor level, such as a flat.

As with all leasehold titles, the register and title plan must be read in conjunction with the lease to understand the agreement made between the original parties.

Most leases lodged for registration contain high quality digitally drawn plans that show the precise layout details of the demised properties at large scales, such as 1/100.

We are unable to produce title plans that reflect such intricacies on Ordnance Survey map extracts at much smaller scales.

Therefore the red edging on the tenant’s title plan may show only the outline of the building as published on the large-scale Ordnance Survey map.

Where other areas outside of the building are included in the lease, such as parking spaces, these will continue to be shown on the tenant’s title plan by red edging or other suitable reference.

On larger leasehold developments an extent for the lease being registered will be recorded on the landlord’s title plan.

The graphics below show the extents of the flats and underground parking spaces recorded on the landlord’s title plan.

Example of leasehold plan

By adopting this approach it will be easier to understand the position of all of the leases out of a registered title in relation to each other.

There will be exceptions to this practice change, such as those applications lodged to register a lease where part of the area demised does not fall within the red edging on the landlord’s title plan.

We are also changing the wording of entry number 1 in the property register. This will now confirm the property description and also refer to the lease, details of which are also contained within the same register. An example entry is:

“The leasehold land demised by the lease referred to below which lies within the area shown edged red on the plan of the above title filed at Land Registry and comprising the ground floor flat being 26 Regents House, Richmond Road, Cowgarth and parking space (CK3 8RN) .”

Our previous mapping practice for leasehold titles was based on the Land Registration Act 1925 when leases and their plans were not as accessible as they are today.

The purpose of the title plan is to support the property description in the register by providing a pictorial representation and identifying the general extent of the land in a registered title.

All title plans show general boundaries unless the line of the boundary is shown as having been determined under section 60 of the Land Registration Act 2002.

Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Digital Communications and Editorial Officer at HM Land Registry