3. Being referred to the tribunal

Your case may be referred to the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber if somebody disputes your application to the Land Registry. This is known as a ‘reference case’.

Both parties will be sent a letter by the tribunal after your case has been referred by the Land Registry.

The letter will explain whether you’re the ‘applicant’ or the ‘respondent’. Generally, you’ll be named as the applicant if the tribunal thinks you’re the party that needs to prove its case.

Making a ‘statement of case’

Applicants

You have 28 days after getting the letter to send your ‘statement of case’ to the tribunal and the respondent. The letter will tell you where to send your statement.

Your statement must include:

  • your name and address (and an address where documents can be sent to you)
  • the name and address of your legal representative (if you have one)
  • your reasons for supporting or objecting to the original application to the Land Registry, giving all relevant facts and evidence

You need to include copies of documents that:

  • are important to your case
  • are needed to understand the case

You also need to include a list of the documents.

After the other parties have responded to the tribunal, you’ll be told if there’s going to be a hearing.

Respondents

You have 28 days after getting the applicants ‘statement of case’ to send your own case to the tribunal and the applicant.

Your statement must include your reasons for supporting or objecting to the original application to the Land Registry, giving all relevant facts and evidence.

You need to include copies of all documents that:

  • are important to your case
  • are needed to understand the case

You also need to include a list of these documents.

The tribunal will then contact you to tell you if there’s going to be a hearing.

Starting court proceedings

You or the other party can be ordered by the tribunal to start court proceedings at any time. This will happen if the tribunal can’t handle your case.

You can also contact the tribunal and ask them to make the other party start court proceedings, or voluntarily start proceedings yourself.

Read guidance on how to start court proceedings..

Get help

You can get help with the appeal process and forms by contacting the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber. The helpline can’t give you legal advice.

Land Registration division of the Property Chamber landregistration@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7291 7250
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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