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First registration of title if deeds are lost or destroyed (PG2)

Applying for first registration of land where the title deeds have been lost or destroyed (practice guide 2).

Applies to England and Wales

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Aimed at conveyancers, this guide gives information about HM Land Registry requirements concerning applications for first registration of land where the title deeds have been lost or destroyed.

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Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 19 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have added a bullet point to section 7 to ensure you enclose an undertaking to send to HM Land Registry any lost deeds that are subsequently found.

  2. Section 2 has been amended to add clarity as to our process on cancellation/rejection and what official copies are available.

  3. Section 3 has been amended to clarify our practice in respect of the protective entries we make in the register.

  4. Section 2 has been amended to clarify that you should lodge only copy documents with your application as we will scan and destroy originals.

  5. The guide 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.

  6. Link to the advice we offer added.

  7. Welsh translation added.

  8. Section 2.2.6 has been updated to make it clearer what kind of evidence of possession we would normally expect to see.

  9. First published.