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This guide deals with the procedure to be followed when applying for first registration of unregistered estates in land. It does not deal with the effects of registration or the characteristics of the various classes of title with which land may be registered.
Sections 4.3.3, 4.3.5 and 4.3.12 have been amended as a result of a review of our rejection criteria on applications for first registration.
Section 188.8.131.52 has been amended to provide further clarification as to who may sign the separate additional certification required when an application is made on the basis of certified copy deeds and documents only.
Sections 4.4.6 has been updated following the revocation of rule 111A by The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018. Updates have also been made to sections 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 on the amendment of rule 203 of the Land Registration Rules 2003. Section 4.4.11 has been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018. Section 184.108.40.206 has also been updated to reflect section 127(11) of the Finance Act 2016, which removed the Stamp Duty Land Tax requirement relating to annual rent for leases granted for a term of 7 years or more on or after 1 April 2016.
Section 9 has been amended to give a reminder of our requirements where you are lodging copy deeds with your application.
Section 4.4.4 has been amended as conveyancers can now lodge first registration applications without sending us original deeds and documents.
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Section 4.4.4 has been amended to clarify that copy deeds sent to us will be scanned and destroyed.