Objections and disputes: HM Land Registry practice and procedures (PG37)

Information on HM Land Registry practice and procedures relating to objections to registrations and disputes (practice guide 37).

Applies to England and Wales



This guide deals with situations where a party has objected to a registration or is involved in a dispute. It covers the roles of HM Land Registry, of the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal and of the court. The guide is aimed at conveyancers and you should interpret references to ‘you’ accordingly.

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Published 13 October 2003
Last updated 12 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Section 4 has been updated to accord with our advisory policy.

  2. Section 2 has been amended to include a reminder that under section 77 of the Land Registration Act 2002, there is a duty not to object to an application without reasonable cause.

  3. Section 2 has been amended to explain that sometimes completion can be deferred to allow an objector to clarify their grounds of objection.

  4. Section 5 has been amended to state that once a case has been referred to the tribunal, any enquiries about progress or procedures should be directed to the tribunal rather than HM Land Registry.

  5. The guide has been amended throughout as a result of a review of our disputes procedures.

  6. Link to the advice we offer added.

  7. Welsh edition added.

  8. First published.