Land registry

HM Land Registry registers the ownership of land and property in England and Wales. It provides property owners with title guaranteed by the government.

Many conveyancing solicitors deal with Land Registry on an almost daily basis and may well be familiar with its role. But there are some aspects of Land Registry’s service worth discussing in more detail.

Once a property has been registered with Land Registry, your client can sign up to its free property monitoring service, Property Alert. An individual does not have to own a property to register for Property Alert, but usually it will be the registered owner.

Your client will receive an email when official searches and applications are received against the property. This can help check for signs of property fraud.

Sign up to Property Alert

Property Alert does not block any changes made to the register but will alert your client to take action, if needed.

Read more about Property Alert

Read more about property fraud

Read our advice note with Land Registry on property fraud

If you think property fraud has been committed, or you have concerns about a transaction, you can:

You should also contact Land Registry immediately if you receive communications that claim to be from Land Registry, including an acknowledgement of an application, and you cannot verify the:

  • client name
  • property
  • application reference

Land Registry guidance on reporting a suspicious email

Before you begin an application, Land Registry will expect you to check:

If an application is incomplete or contains errors, Land Registry will raise a requisition. This is a request for further information to complete the application.

Land Registry says that over 40% of requisitions could be avoided. This is because information is often missing, despite it being:

  • clearly required from the forms used in the application
  • well established by legal practice
  • a standard legal requirement

Sometimes requisitions are unavoidable, for example when Land Registry asks for something unusual or unexpected.

How to avoid requisitions

Land Registry has guidance on how to avoid requisitions, including videos on the most common issues. You can avoid a requisition by:

  • making sure all names and addresses are correct on the application
  • obtaining consent where necessary from third parties if you’re applying for a restriction, for example lenders or managing agents
  • checking any deeds have been executed correctly

Read Land Registry’s guidance on avoidable and unavoidable requisitions

Common requisitions

Some of the most common requisitions relate to:

  • restrictions in the register
  • delays in Land Registry receiving discharge documents
  • names varying between the register, transfer and charge
  • executing deeds, and powers of attorney

Land Registry publishes data on its top 500 customers responsible for the highest number of applications.

Download the latest Land Registry requisitions data

Read Land Registry’s blog on why it publishes requisitions data

Read Land Registry’s article from Property in Practice magazine on avoiding requisitions

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