Extension of leases (PG28)

How to extend the term of a lease and register the transaction (practice guide 28).



Agreements for the extension of leases are common. However, a lease cannot simply be extended by deed. A new lease needs to be granted.

Aimed at conveyancers, this guide explains how:

  • these transactions may be best effected
  • to lodge the necessary applications for registration

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Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 19 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Section 2.6 now explains that when a new lease is made subject to the old lease, notice of the old lease will be added to the title of the new lease and vice versa.
  2. Amendments have been made to a number of sections following the amendment to rule 203 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018. The amendment deals with the retention and return of documents by the registrar. Sections 2.1, 2.2, 3 and 4 have been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.
  3. Section 2.3 has been amended to make clear when the applicant needs to provide evidence to remove a form A restriction on surrender of a lease.
  4. Link to the advice we offer added.
  5. Welsh translation added.
  6. Sections 2.1 and 3 have been amended as a result of the publication of brand new [practice guide 19A: restrictions and leasehold properties](
  7. First published.