Land Registry FR1 applications – November changes

18th November 2016

From 28 November 2016, conveyancers will be able to lodge first registration applications (FR1 form) without sending original deeds and documents to the Land Registry.

That Land Registry has stated that on 28 November 2016 they will publish a Registrar’s Direction, which will enable conveyancers to lodge certified copy deeds and documents instead of originals. (There will be certain conditions which will be set out in the Direction).

This gives conveyancers the opportunity to deal with the Land Registry more consistently and help streamline firm’s internal processes. Conveyancers will be able to apply the same practice for lodging:-

  • documents that support a first registration application
  • documents to support an application to update to an existing register

The change will also help the Land Registry explore whether they can offer customers electronic lodgement of first registrations through the portal.

After 28 November, conveyancers will still be able to lodge first registration applications with original deeds and documents.
Land Registry has said that they will update Practice Guide 1: first registrations to reflect this change and set out the details in the Registrars Direction on 28 November.

They have confirmed that they are not changing their policy that applies when the supporting deeds and documents for first registrations have been lost or destroyed. When a conveyancer lodges applications under these circumstances, the conveyancer will still need to follow Practice Guide 2 – First registrations of title if deeds are lost or destroyed.

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