HMLR Practice Guide updates

HM Land Registry has released details of changes to several Practice Guides in this week’s update.

Notices, restrictions and protection of third-party interests (PG19)

This guide gives advice about how to apply for a notice or a restriction to protect a third-party interest in a registered estate or charge. It explains the effect of existing register entries in respect of third party interests and explains what applications may be made in respect of existing entries.

Change made: additional guidance has been added to section 3.7.3 on applications to cancel a restriction where the restrictioner has died.

First registrations (PG1)

This guide deals with the procedure to be followed when applying for first registration of unregistered estates in land. It does not deal with the effects of registration or the characteristics of the various classes of title with which land may be registered.

Change made: Section 8.1 has been amended as a result of changes to unitary authority areas that came into effect on 1 April 2021.

Execution of deeds (PG8)

The aim of this guide is to advise on the execution of deeds that are to be submitted to HM Land Registry.

Change made: Section 5.1.1 has been amended to include an email address for local authorities to let HMLR know details of their delegated execution authorities. Section 13.3 (requirements for the use of electronic signatures) has also been amended. In particular, the borrower in the case of a mortgage need not have a conveyancer acting for them; the dating of the deed can be done by any party’s conveyancer; and the certificate as to compliance with the requirements needs to be dated and signed by an individual conveyancer, their full name and firm must be added and the deed or deeds for which the certificate is given must be specified.

Requisition and cancellation procedures (PG50)

This guide gives advice on how to avoid requisitions on applications and HMLR procedures where they do need to be raised.

Change made: Section 2 has been updated to include how to ask HMLR to use an alternative email address in correspondence when the application has been submitted using the portal.

Today's Conveyancer