Cautions against first registration (PG3)

Lodging a caution against first registration and dealing with caution titles (practice guide 3).

Applies to England and Wales



This guide gives advice on the processes involved in registering and dealing with caution titles. It explains the nature and effect of a caution title and what happens when HM Land Registry receives a substantive application for first registration of an estate affected by the caution.

This guide is aimed at conveyancers and you should interpret references to ‘you’ accordingly.

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Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 8 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Section 2.1 has been amended to make it clearer that the burden of a prescriptive easement can be protected by a caution against first registration.

  2. This guide has been restructured and parts rewritten to make our requirements clearer. Note, in particular, the requirement that the interest claimed must be clearly ascertainable from panel 10 of form CT1 and documents must not be enclosed with an application. This is not a new requirement. We will reject applications where panel 10 does not by itself sufficiently evidence an interest which can be registered as a caution against first registration – we will not check documents lodged with a form CT1.

  3. Section 4.2 has been updated to remove the reference to outline applications on revocation of rule 54 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming in to force on 6 April 2018.

  4. Link to the advice we offer added.

  5. Welsh translation added.

  6. First published.