• 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.

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

    The guidance contained in section 6.22 has been amended to confirm the dates after which a charge under section 22 of the Health and Social Services and Social Security Adjudications Act 1983 cannot be made. Section 6.23 regarding the registration of restrictions to protect charges under section 68 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 has been amended to clarify when it might be appropriate to register a Form MM restriction relating to a charge under section 68. A new section 6.24 has been inserted setting out details of a non-standard restriction we may be able to consider in respect of a charge under section 71 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 affecting the interest of a beneficial joint tenant.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Return and rejection of applications for registration (PG49)

    A reference to '5 business days' in section 3 of this guide has been changed to '5 working days'; a minor change has also been made to section 4 to cross-refer to our practice of accepting first registration applications with certified copy deeds only.

  • 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.

  • Cautions against first registration (PG3)

    Section 4.2 has been updated to remove the reference to outline applications on revocation of rule 54 of the Land Registration Rules 2003 by The Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018 coming in to force on 6 April 2018.

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

    A minor change has been made to section 1.1 to cross-refer to our practice of accepting first registration applications with certified copy deeds only.

  • 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.

  • Transfers of public housing estates (PG47)

    A minor change has been made to section 1.3 to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for an application for first registration.

  • 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'.

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • Execution of deeds (PG8)

    Section 1.1 has been updated to reflect our current practice relating to the use of copy documents for registration. Section 11 has been updated. The Land Registration (Electronic Conveyancing) Rules 2008 have been revoked and replaced by new rules 54A to D which have been inserted into the Land Registration Rules 2003 by the Land Registration (Amendment) Rules 2018. The 2018 Rules came into force on 6 April 2018. Section 9.5.1 has been updated to clarify that the donor of a power of attorney does not need to sign the deed.

  • 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.

  • Requisition and cancellation procedures (PG50)

    Section 6.1 has been amended to remove a reference 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. It is no longer possible to secure priority for an application by way of an outline application. References in this guide to ‘business days’ have been changed to ‘working days’. Sections 5.1 and 6.2 have been updated to reflect the introduction of Land Transaction Tax for transactions affecting land in Wales completed on or after 1 April 2018.

  • First registrations (PG1)

    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 4.4.11.1 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Administration and receivership (PG36)

    Sections 1 and 2.1 have been updated to reflect the provisions of the Insolvency (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/1119) which bring the insolvency procedures for limited liability partnerships into line with the changes already made to insolvency procedures for companies.

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

    A new section 14 about digital mortgages has been added to this guide.

  • Evidence of identity: conveyancers (PG67)

    Sections 5.1, 6.1 and 11 have been amended to clarify our requirements in relation to rule 17 identity evidence for attorneys.

  • Discharge of charges (PG31)

    Section 8 has been amended. Where a charge is released as part independent of a transfer of part a note will normally be added to any restriction in favour of the charge that the restriction does not affect the part released.

  • Index map: official search (PG10)

    Section 4 has been amended to clarify that only business customers can apply electronically through Business e-services and Business Gateway.

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

    Section 7.1 has been amended to clarify the position where rent is paid to someone other than the landlord.