Joint property ownership

3. Change from joint tenants to tenants in common

This is called ‘severance of joint tenancy’. You should apply for a ‘Form A restriction’.

You can make this change without the other owners’ agreement.

A solicitor, conveyancer or legal executive can also make the application for you.

How to apply if the other owners don’t agree to the change

  1. Serve a written notice of the change (a ‘notice of severance’) on the other owners - a conveyancer can help you do this.

  2. Download and fill in form SEV to register a restriction without the other owners’ agreement. You can also fill in form RX1 to register a ‘form A restriction’ if you can’t provide any of the evidence of severance options listed in form SEV.

  3. Prepare any supporting documents you need to include.

  4. Send the form and supporting documents to HM Land Registry’s Citizen Centre. There’s no fee.

Supporting documents

You should include an original or certified copy of the notice of severance signed by all the owners.

If you can’t get the other owners’ signatures you can instead send a letter certifying that you’ve done one of the following with the notice of severance:

  • given it to all the other owners
  • left it at the other owners’ last known home or business address in the UK
  • sent it by registered post or recorded delivery to the other owners’ last known home or business address and it hasn’t been returned undelivered

How to apply if the other owners agree to the change

  1. Download and fill in form SEV to register a ‘form A restriction’ if all owners agree.

  2. Send the form and trust deed to HM Land Registry’s Citizen Centre. There’s no fee.

Where to send your application

HM Land Registry
Citizen Centre
PO Box 74
Gloucester
GL14 9BB