• Requisition and cancellation procedures (PG50)

    Section 2 has been amended to remind Business e-services customers they can reply to requisitions electronically.

  • Return and rejection of applications for registration (PG49)

    Section 6.3.1 has been updated because we no longer reject applications where prescribed clauses LR2.1, LR3 or LR6 have not been completed.

  • Prescribed clauses leases (PG64)

    Sections 6.2.1, 6.3 and 6.6 have been amended as, due to a change of policy, we no longer reject applications where prescribed clauses LR2.1, LR3 or LR6 are not completed.

  • Acquisition of land by general vesting declaration (PG54)

    Section 1 has been amended to refer to the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017. Section 38 of this Act relates to the advance payment of compensation.

  • First registrations (PG1)

    Section 4.4.4.1 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.

  • Adverse possession of (1) unregistered land and (2) registered land where a right to be registered was acquired before 13 October 2003 (PG5)

    Section 5.1 has been updated to clarify the status of the fee for inspection.

  • Execution of deeds (PG8)

    Section 10 has been updated to clarify that a special arrangement is only available in respect of discharges on form DS1.

  • Transfers of public housing estates (PG47)

    Sections 3.3.2, 3.16 and 3.17 have been updated as a result of the deregulation of Welsh housing associations under The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 and associated secondary legislation which comes into force on 15 August 2018.

  • Notices, restrictions and protection of third-party interests (PG19)

    Sections 7.24 and 7.36 have been updated as a result of the deregulation of Welsh housing associations under The Regulation of Registered Social Landlords (Wales) Act 2018 and associated secondary legislation which comes into force on 15 August 2018.

  • Cautions against first registration (PG3)

    This guide has been restructured and parts rewritten to make our requirements clearer. Note, in particular, the requirement that the interest claimed must be clearly ascertainable from panel 10 of form CT1 and documents must not be enclosed with an application. This is not a new requirement. We will reject applications where panel 10 does not by itself sufficiently evidence an interest which can be registered as a caution against first registration – we will not check documents lodged with a form CT1.

  • Registration of legal charges and deeds of variation of charge (PG29)

    Section 6 has been amended to clarify that an application to register a lender’s obligation to make further advances must be made by the lender or their conveyancer.

  • Costs in disputed applications (PG38)

    Sections 1.1 and 1.2 have been amended to clarify what is meant by ‘proceedings before the registrar’ and the timeframe for making a rule 202 request.

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

    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.

  • Devolution on the death of a registered proprietor (PG6)

    Section 8.4 has been added to clarify our existing practice on foreign grants of probate.

  • Local land charges (PG79)

    Contact details for Local Land Charges service added.

  • HM Land Registry: commonhold (PG60)

    Section 1 has been amended to include the contact details of the commonhold officer who can help with the enquiries about the prospective application. Section 7.3 has been amended and section 7.4 removed following the revocation of rule 54 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 which came into force on 6 April 2018. It is no longer possible to secure priority for an application by way of an outline application.

  • Dispositions executed by Law of Property Act receivers (PG36a)

    Section 7 has been amended to clarify the evidence we require for an application for registration based on a disposition by a Law of Property Act receiver.

  • Powers of attorney and registered land (PG9)

    Section 3 has been added (and subsequent sections renumbered) to clarify that where there are joint attorneys of a sole proprietor and there is a Form A restriction in the register, a disposition by the attorneys under which capital money arises will be caught by the restriction.

  • Leases: when to register (PG25)

    Following customer comment, we have amended section 6.2 to clarify which consents are required.

  • Transfer under a chargee's power of sale (PG75)

    Section 2.2.2 has been amended to clarify our practice on the cancellation of sub-charges.

  • Large-scale applications and calculation of fees (PG33)

    Section 17.3, which deals with fees, has been amended to include a further example. This is where a single lease comprises land out of registered titles and also out of unregistered land.

  • Overseas companies and limited liability partnerships (PG78)

    Section 3.6 on cross-border mergers has been corrected to explain that where the transferee is not a UK company, the merger must be approved by the relevant competent authority in the member state. This may be a Companies Registry rather than a court. Section 4.3 on execution without a common seal has been amended to include an example of execution where the authorised person is a corporate body incorporated in England and Wales. Section 5 on insolvency has been amended to confirm that the evidence of liquidation for an overseas company required is a certified copy of the court order or other documents relied on and the written opinion of a lawyer as to the nature and effect of the liquidation.

  • Address for service (PG55)

    Section 6 has been amended to clarify that form COG1 should be used when a registered owner is not represented by a conveyancer but applies independently to change the register.

  • Official searches (PG12)

    Sections 2.5 and 2.6 have been added to clarify what interests may or may not be protected by an official search.

  • Charities: advice for applications sent to HM Land Registry (PG14)

    Section 1 has been updated to clarify that information about charitable incorporated organisations can by found in practice guide 14A. Section 2 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for some applications for first registration.

  • Preparing plans for HM Land Registry applications (PG40s2)

    Section 9.8 has been amended (one line removed in table 1 and table 2) as the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991 has been repealed.

  • Upgrading the class of title (PG42)

    This edition of the guide replaces the March 2015 edition. Section 3.3 has been amended to reflect current practice on sending certified copies of documents in lieu of the originals.

  • Franchises: registration under the Land Registration Act 2002 (PG18)

    Section 5 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for some applications for first registration.

  • Statements of truth (PG73)

    Section 1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for an application for first registration.

  • Development schemes (PG72)

    Section 2.9 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for an application for first registration.

  • Amending deeds that effect dispositions of registered land (PG68)

    Section 3.3 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for an application for first registration. Amendments have also been made to a number of sections to reflect the fact that in many situations, a certified copy of a deed may have been lodged with HM Land Registry for registration rather than an original deed.

  • Overriding interests that lost automatic protection in 2013 (PG66)

    Section 3.4.2 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for registration.

  • Registration of mines and minerals (PG65)

    Sections 2.1, 4 and 5.1.1 have been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for an application for first registration.

  • Corporate insolvency (PG35)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for registration.

  • Easements claimed by prescription (PG52)

    Section 4 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for registration. Section 4.1 has been updated following the amendment of rule 90 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018.

  • Investigation or enforcement proceedings (court, insolvency, tax): applications (PG43)

    The appendix has been changed to show the up-to-date list of persons/bodies qualifying under rule 140(1) of the Land Registration Rules 2003 following amendments made to rule 140 and Schedule 5 to those rules by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018, coming into force on 6 April 2018. Minor changes have been made to clarify our practice. The section on acceptable variations to form CIT has been removed from the guide as the form has now been updated.

  • Rectification and indemnity (PG39)

    Section 2.2 has been updated to remove mention of customer team as this process is no longer in place. A reference to '15 business days' has been changed to '15 working days' in accordance with the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018.

  • Personal insolvency (PG34)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to mention that an application for first registration can be made on the basis of certified copy deeds and documents only. Sections 4.3 and 4.7 have also been updated. Paper applications to HM Land Registry must be sent to the address stated in the Registrar’s Direction.

  • Approval of mortgage documentation (PG30)

    A minor update has been made in section 3 to change 'business days' to 'working days'.

  • Private trusts of land (PG24)

    Section 8.6 has been updated to refer to two standard forms of restriction which have been added to Schedule 4 to the Land Registration Rules 2003 by The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018. Update of sections 1.5, 7.2.2 and 7.2.3 following an amendment to rule 203 of the Land Registration Rules 2003. References in this guide to ‘business days’ have been changed to ‘working days’.

  • Inspection and application for official copies (PG11)

    A small number of minor changes have been made to the guide. Section 3 refers to and links to form CIT which, following implementation of The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 on 6 April 2018, is now a promulgated form.

  • Applications under the Family Law Act 1996 (PG20)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for some applications for first registration. Sections 4, 5 and 6 of this guide have been updated to remove references to outline applications following the revocation of rule 54 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018.

  • Profits a prendre (taking natural resources from another's land) (PG16)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for some applications for first registration.

  • Developing estates: registration services - approval of draft transfers and leases (PG41s3)

    Section 5.17 has been updated to confirm that panel 13 for form AP1 must still be completed to name an attorney even if HM Land Registry holds a copy of the identity evidence for that attorney.

  • HM Land Registry: Islamic financing (PG69)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for an application for first registration. Sections 2.2, 2.4, 3.2, 3.4, 4.2, 5, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.4 have been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.

  • Easements (PG62)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for registration. Sections 2 and 2.1 have been updated following the amendment of rule 90 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming into force on 6 April 2018. Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1 and 4.2.1.1 have been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.

  • Leases: determination (PG26)

    Section 2.1 has been amended to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for some applications for first registration. Section 2.1.5, which dealt with submitting applications in accordance with a customer team arrangement or a particular office has been deleted as all applications should now be submitted to the address stated in HM Land Registry address for applications which is the address of HM Land Registry’s scanning centre. Sections 4.2, 5.2 and 13 have been updated and section 4.3 has been added to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.

  • Extension of leases (PG28)

    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.

  • The leasehold reform legislation (PG27)

    Section 3.3 has been updated to mention that an application for first registration can be made on the basis of certified copy deeds and documents only. Section 9.1 has been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.

  • Transfer forms for complex transactions (PG21)

    Sections 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8.1 have been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.