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Land Registry changes when applying to register a first registration.

4th September 2015

From 7 September, the Land Registry will be changing the documents required when applying to register a first registration. 

If the first registration application is based on a statutory declaration or statement of truth, applicants will no longer need to send in any original documents if: 

    title documents are unavailable, or 
  • title is claimed by reason of adverse possession of unregistered land

If some, but not all of the deeds and documents relating to the title are in the control of the applicant, this direction does not apply. In these cases, the original deeds and documents must accompany the application, along with a statutory declaration or statement of truth relating to the missing deeds and documents. 

This guidance only applies for applications lodged by post, document exchange and personal delivery.

This change brings the requirements for first registration closer to the requirements for other types of application. 

The Land Registry have published a ‘registrar’s direction’ that confirms the new requirements.

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