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Unregistered land and property

Since 1990 it has been compulsory, when all land and all leases (which are for more than seven years) are purchased to be registered with the Land Registry.

Before registration took place purchases of land were made by deeds which meant you were given a bundle of old documents dating back to when the land first changed hands. Consequently, when land was purchased it was a slow and time consuming procedure of having to read through all the old deeds to ascertain previous buyers’ ownership and all agreements which related to the property.

The monetary value of such deeds meant you would pay for them to be stored at either the back or your solicitors as the consequences of losing or damage them meant you would experience difficulties in selling the property.

Now compulsory registration has been made, all documents needed in relation to the property can be found on the Land Registry website ready to download or have posted out to you. Therefore when land is registered it is much easier to ascertain the boundary of the property, the quality of title held, any rights the property has the benefit of, whether there are any restrictive covenants to abide to and any lease which the property is subject to.  Equally it is also easier if amend the register if any rights need to be added or the property transfers to another person.


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