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The latest updates are:

Section 4.4.4 of Practice Guide 1 – First registrations has been amended to clarify that copy deeds sent to us will be scanned and destroyed. A new section 5.8 has been added dealing with inheritance tax.

Practice Guide 2 – First registration of title if deeds have been lost or destroyed has been updated to confirm the land registration fees payable and that some land charges searches are still required when making an application where deeds have been lost or destroyed.

Section 4.3 of Practice Guide 5 – Adverse possession of (1) unregistered and (2) registered land where a right to be registered was acquired before 13 October 2003 has been amended to confirm that you need supply only certified copies of application forms and deeds.

Practice Guide 6 – Devolution on the death of a registered proprietor and Practice Guide 73 – Statements of truth have been amended to refer to new form ST5 created to support applications to cancel Form A restrictions.

Section 2.1.2 of Practice Guide 8 – Execution of deeds has been amended to confirm that one party to the deed cannot witness the signature of another party to the deed.

Section 2.7 of Practice Guide 9 – Powers of attorney and registered land has been amended as a result of the coming into force of the Lasting Powers of Attorney, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Public Guardian (Amendment) Regulations 2015 on 1 July 2015.

Section 9 of Practice Guide 10 – Official search of the index map and section 2 of Practice Guide 40, supplement 6 – Other Land Registry plan-related services and guides have been amended to reflect current policy that Land Registry will issue textual results for official searches of the index map in most cases.

Section 10.3 of Practice Guide 11 – Inspection and application for official copies has been added to give details of our refund policy.

Section 2.7.2 of Practice Guide 19 – Notices, restrictions and the protection of third party interests in the register has been amended to clarify how panel 12 of form UN1 should be completed.

Sections 14 and 15 of Practice Guide 20 – Applications under the Family Law Act 1996 and section 9 of Practice Guide 63 – Land charges: registration, official search, office copy and cancellation have been amended as a result of changes to contact details.

Section 8.1 of Practice Guide 26 – Leases: determination has been amended to clarify the need to specify how long rent has been unpaid in relation to forfeiture on peaceable re-entry.

Section 6.4 of Practice Guide 27 – The leasehold reform legislation has been amended to clarify that a court order for variation under sections 38 and 39 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 cannot be protected by unilateral notice.

Section 9.1 of Practice Guide 29 – Registration of legal charges and deeds of variation of charge and section 5 of Practice Guide 30 – Approval of mortgage documentation have been amended to make it clear that when you lodge a scanned image of an approved charge for registration, the ‘MD’ reference of the charge must clearly appear on the scanned image.

Section 12 has been added to Practice Guide 29 – Registration of legal charges and deeds of variation of charge detailing our practice on the postponement of charges.

Section 5 of Practice Guide 30 – Approval of mortgage documentation has been amended to clarify that any scanned image of an approved charge lodged for registration must contain the MD reference allocated to the charge.

Section 3.3 of Practice Guide 42 – Upgrading the class of title has been amended to clarify the position for applications which are not first registrations, under which we will still need original deeds or documents to be sent in with Land Registry applications.

Section 4 of Practice Guide 54 – Acquisition of land by general vesting declaration has been expanded to give more information about how Land Registry will deal with applications to cancel register entries relating to third party interests such as easements and restrictive covenants. A new section 5 deals with highway land and stopping-up orders.

Section 2.2.8 of Practice Guide 75 – Transfer under a chargee’s power of sale has been amended to explain what is required where a restriction in standard Form QQ has been entered in the register.

Section 4.2 of Practice Guide 77 – Altering the register by removing land from a title plan has been amended to explain more precisely the legal position of the registrar when an application is made to the registrar for alteration which does not amount to rectification and the registrar has the power to alter.


Gavin Curry
By Gavin Curry,
Editor of Landnet, Land Registry’s customer magazine