How you update the property records when someone dies depends on whether they were the joint or sole owner of a property.

Check the property records if you don’t know:

  • who owns a property
  • whether it’s owned jointly or solely

When a joint owner dies

When a joint owner of a property dies, fill in form DJP to remove their name from the register.

Send the completed form to the Land Registry, along with an official copy of the death certificate.

When a sole owner dies

When the sole owner of a property has died, the property is normally transferred to either:

  • the person inheriting the property (known as ‘the beneficiary’)
  • a third party, eg someone buying the property

If you transfer to a beneficiary

To transfer a property to a beneficiary, download and fill in these forms:

You must also send:

  • the original or an official copy of the grant of probate or letters of administration
  • the Stamp Duty Land Tax certificate or self-certificate for the property (if appropriate)
  • a fee - check the fee calculator

Send the completed forms and supporting documents to the Land Registry.

If you sell the property to a third party

You need to:

  • transfer the ownership of the property
  • provide the buyer with an official copy of the probate or letters of administration