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Want an easy way to reduce the time and cost of your conveyancing?

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Three quarters (76%) of the customers who use our free online service, Application Enquiry, agree that it reduces the time they need to speak to us about their registration applications. We all know the expression ‘time is money’, so if you are a land or property professional, are you using the service and reducing your costs like your competitors?

What is Application Enquiry?

Application Enquiry has been giving land and property professionals accurate information about pending registration applications since March 2016. To use it, you’ll need to be signed up to use our Business e-services through the HM Land Registry portal.

The service offers you an online tool that supports the way you already monitor and manage registration applications. You can use it to search the applications that have been lodged with us for registration, and use a variety of references to check:

  • an application’s progress status;
  • the reason an application has been delayed, where applicable;
  • if a charge has been discharged;
  • information about recently completed or cancelled applications; or
  • the full priority period for Official Searches.

Please note that you will need certain references to search for certain things. For example, you won’t be able to find out whether an application has been completed if you don’t have the relevant reference number we give you, keeping it all secure.

Why use our Application Enquiry option

Eighty-two per cent of those who have used Application Enquiry rate it as excellent, very good or good and over half (59%) agree that they are able to find all of the information they need about their applications. That’s because we’ve been enhancing the service in response to user feedback since we launched it.

Once you have found the details you need, you can save them as a PDF to keep for your records or send them to other interested parties. Our customers, such as lenders, asked us for this feature so we built it for them.

If you don’t find what you are looking for, you can contact us directly from Application Enquiry. You can even send us a request to expedite your application under certain circumstances.

Once you start using Application Enquiry, you shouldn’t need to call or email us as often, especially about the progress, status of, or recent activity with your applications. This means your organisation can focus on other priorities, while we get on with processing your applications.

We know our customers want us to improve our speed of service as a priority. Together, we believe we can drive down the time it takes us to process applications, especially new title applications, and reduce the time and cost of registration.

How to make an Application Enquiry

Our guide explains how Business e-services customers can check their current applications to HM Land Registry through the portal.

We have also put together some tips to help you get the most from the service. They include searching by the reference we supply and saving application details for later, and checking and verifying discharge activity, the limitations of requesting more information and asking us to expedite an application.

The statistics in this post have come from the Customer Satisfaction Survey we conducted between 20 February and 3 March 2017. Three hundred customers took part.

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  1. Comment by John Bush posted on

    Hello. I have just a new lease extension completed on my flat. The flat is for sale and I have a firm buyer who has had a survey done and has a mortgage offer in place. The solicitor who dealt with the lease extension is a different one from the one who is doing the conveyancing.
    1) Who should lodge an expedite request please?
    2) What information do they need to give you to lodge the expedite request correctly?
    Thank you

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      John - the firm which lodged the actual application which needs to be expedited. We need a request and supporting evidence of the confirmed buyer/mortgage offer expiry date

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  2. Comment by Kate Fleming posted on

    Hi there,

    I was told by the solictors vendors that we were unable to expedite the application for 25 windsor road b36 0JN as it was at the top of the que to be processed. This was 2 weeks could you inform me how close we are to the freehold application to be completed please?

    Thank you

    Kate Fleming

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Kate - the application against that address was expedited and completed on the 1st February

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  3. Comment by Ali posted on

    Thanks Ian, does this mean I can not complete the re-mortgage before the prior application is complete at the land registry, as I have no influence on the prior application submitted by the freeholder.
    Many thanks

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Ali - whether you can complete is very much up to your conveyancer and lender. If they are happy that the prior application does not adversely affect your own property/title and the remortgage then that can mean they are happy to complete but very much their decision.

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  4. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Dawn - it can take a couple of days before it appears. Nothing to show a rejection at this stage but they would know if it had been

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  5. Comment by ianflowers posted on

    Natasha - I'm responding as Adam is currently unavailable. Once expedited, we aim to start consideration of the case within 10 days. The expedition also ensures that the case will proceed through each stage as quickly as possible. As Adam has mentioned, there are number of processes on this type of application which can delay things and these cannot be circumvented even on expedition, so it's not really possible to give a definitive timescale to completion at this stage.

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  6. Comment by AdamH posted on

    T&J - if it’s a first registration then the average timescale between receipt and consideration by us is 6 weeks. Expedition, if approved, reduces that timescale to 2 weeks. Everything then hinges on it being in order. We would not amalgamate the new and existing title unless they applied for us to do that and it was possible to do. You’ll need to rely on your conveyancer and the seller’s conveyancer to update you re progress and the detail behind the application(s) made.

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      Comment by T&J posted on

      Thank you for your reply. The main delay we are experiencing is regarding the small parcel of land adjacent to the property (very roughly around 20 square metres). Can you please tell us if an application has been lodged to expedite the registration of this title?
      thank you

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        Comment by AdamH posted on

        T&J - I'm afraid we can't without the title number and case reference

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  7. Comment by Kenl posted on

    Thanks Adam for getting back to me so quickly. I'm a little confused. Do they need to provide evidence that I currently own the property in question, or that we are selling the property and have a buyer who will purchase it? I'm happy to chase my solicitor I just want to be able to provide any documentation as soon as possible.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Kenl - we would need documentary evidence to confirm you have a buyer e.g. copy contract or memorandum of sale. I've spoken to the processing office though and they've resolved things it seems and the application has been completed.

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  8. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Amber - I can't be definitive but as it is a signed form from the person with the rights and lodged by a conveyancer then it should be straightforward.

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  9. Comment by andy posted on

    Hi, I am currently in the process of selling a parcel of land. The land consists of 1 title and we are now attaching 2 smaller parcels to it, hopefully to form a new title which will encompase the 3 seperate parcels. We have a buyer for it but they want the title document updated with the Land registry before they will move to legal exchange, that shows everything under 1 title. Apparently this is because their mortgage company won't accept any additional land being bolted on to the original title at a later date.
    Is there a way to expedite processing these 3 parcels into 1 title with the Land registry, some sort of payable service or fast track option - or are we going to be subject to the usual waiting process of 3 or so months? Many thanks

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      Comment by ianflowers posted on

      Hi. When applying, or after lodgement, expedition of the application can be requested. If granted, we aim to consider the application within 10 working days. There is no fee for this and any request should be accompanied by appropriate evidence of the dependent transaction.

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        Comment by andy posted on

        Thank you for your prompt response!

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  10. Comment by Steve Gates posted on

    Good Afternoon

    Could you let me know please how long it normally takes to get a restriction removed against a property please. we were told 14 days and we have been waiting over 21 now. it relates to how the property owned was owned by the seller and his late wife. we have chased up constantly with both ours and the sellers solicitor but can't seem to get a definitive answer on where our case is

    Many Thanks

    Steve

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Steve - average wait time between receipt and consideration is 10 working days. Everything then hinges on what is being requested, by whom and what wider checks (if any) are required. So it is impossible to be definitive re such matters. The solicitors should be able to check on progress online using their business e-service accounts
      Do you have the title number?
      Re your disappearing message - this is an online blog. Blogs are moderated and as such any comments have to be approved before they will appear.

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  11. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Cherry - it is an expedited application (SF653473) and we have recently written to the lodging conveyancer.

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      Comment by Cherry posted on

      Thanks for the prompt reply.

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      Comment by Cherry posted on

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for your information. I have try to contact the seller’s solicitor, but has not got any reply. The state agent told us that the site visit has been arranged on 25/11. So is that mean after 25/11, then need another 16/17days to complete? Sorry to ask again, as Christmas is coming, we are just wondering if it will happen before Christmas or after Christmas. Not sure if can find out any updates or where we are now.

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        Comment by AdamH posted on

        Cherry - when we notify the solicitor that a site visit is needed then that will normally happen within 2 weeks of that notification. Timescales can vary as we rely on a non HMLR surveyor to complete the visit so timing is out of our control.

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  12. Comment by ianflowers posted on

    Samantha - If it's not showing on our system we won't hold any more information, I'm afraid.

    If you are asking about a timescale for completion when we do receive it, if the expedite is granted, we aim to consider the application within 10 working days. It will then depend on the individual case as a number of processes are involved and if the application is not in order, we'll need to raise a query with the solicitors acting.

    Where there is a particular urgency, it would be best to get the solicitors acting to make this clear as part of the expedite request. We can't give any guarantees, but we'll do our best to help.

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      Comment by Sam Hollens posted on

      Thanks Adam,

      I can confirm that the sellers solicitor has sent to you guys yesterday. Can you confirm if it has been received? It is a road search from the county council highway dept

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        Comment by AdamH posted on

        Sam - further info was supplied yesterday. I should stress that there were a number of issues raised with the solicitor (not just the one re the highway) and a site visit/survey is required.

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  13. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Robert - it has not been expedited but it is flagged as urgent and we have already begun processing it. Due to the nature of the application it has been referred to one of our lawyers and the lodging conveyancer should hear from us shortly re next steps.

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  14. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Rg - the key is that initial consideration by one of our lawyers as it is not an everyday application. Invariably such applications involve a degree of dialogue between us and the lodging solicitor to confirm specific details. Everything then hinges on next steps.
    Whilst such applications can, where no issues arise, be processed quite quickly in my experience 2-3 weeks and taking you up to Christmas, is very unlikely. But you do need to rely on your solicitor here as to timescales/options and much will depend on the outcome of that first stage.

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      Comment by Robert Gott posted on

      Hi Adam, since we last spoke on here things have changed a fair bit with the application on Snap Mill, Smarden, Kent TN27 8RB. Do you have the latest from your end?

      many thanks,

      Rob

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        Comment by AdamH posted on

        Rob at our end it seems we have been in touch with the conveyancer before Christmas to confirm that their application has been expedited. But as yet we have not fully considered it. The seasonal break will have impacted here but hopefully it will be considered shortly
        The conveyancer should be able to keep you informed as to progress

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          Comment by Robert Gott posted on

          Hi Adam, I had a message from the solicitor to say that the matter should be completed this week, is that the same your end? Thank you

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          Comment by Robert Gott posted on

          Hi Adam, I have been told by the solicitor that a response should be out this week. Is this the same your end?

          Many thanks

          Rob

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            Comment by ianflowers posted on

            Robert - I'm replying as Adam is unavailable. Not this week, I'm afraid. The solicitor acting has lodged some documentation today and this is likely to be considered on Monday (13th). Provided everything is in order, it should be completed shortly after that, but it's difficult to be more precise until the case has been fully considered.

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          Comment by Robert Gott posted on

          Hi Adam, on Friday Ian was hopeful everything would resolved yesterday on the land swap, do you know if everything went to plan?

          Many thanks

          Rob

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Robert - the application is still with us and waiting to be fully considered. Ian's reply was to explain how the conveyancer had submitted new documents to go with the application and that those would be added to the mix asap. As suggested the application should be considered shortly as it is expedited but everything then hinges on it being in order. If it is in order or if more details are needed then the conveyancer would be made aware (TT106322)

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          Comment by Robert Gott posted on

          Thanks for the update Adam, we are not aware of anything further outstanding so fingers crossed it will be sorted tomorrow.

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          Comment by Robert Gott posted on

          Good morning Adam, from my discussions yesterday with the solicitors there is noting more outstanding do you know if this is correct and if we are finally ready to move on with this? Thank you

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Robert - unfortunately more is required and they were contacted yesterday to request it (TT106322)

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          Comment by Robert Gott posted on

          Good morning Adam,

          Hopefully this will be my last post on here, I’m told all the information from your request on Thursday last week was returned the same day, can you please confirm if there is anything else holding up the application?

          You are by far the quickest response for information hence why I use this service, so thank you

          Rob

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Robert - the expedited application was completed yesterday morning

  15. Comment by Paul Oakley posted on

    I am in the process of trying to expedite the registering of un registered land at my property. How long should this take?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Paul - a request to expedite is normally considered within a few days but you have to 8nclude documentary evidence to confirm the urgency involved. Once expedited then it’s normally considered within 2 weeks. Everything then hinges on it being in order

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  16. Comment by Emma posted on

    Hi Adam, my solicitors have submitted an RX3 yesterday (very late enquiry raised by my buyers solicitors) 14 Monarch Court, WS10 9FD. The company involved was dissolved some years ago, and I believe the evidence has all been submitted to you. We were due to complete on Thursday. Do you have an idea how long it may take to be resolved please?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Emma - an application was received on the 9th (title WM952871). It will be considered asap but I suspect it will need to be reviewed by a senior officer as well due to the dissolution of the company to decide validity and next steps. Your conveyancer can track it's progress online but I would not imagine any next steps have been decided on until next week

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        Comment by Emma posted on

        Thanks for the quick response, Adam. Very much appreciated

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  17. Comment by Cherry posted on

    I am buying ST2 0JS No. 19 Truro place,but now holding up the transaction is a small land at the back is not registered. The seller’s solicitor advised As this process has involved the Land Registry serving notices on the neighbouring land owners, the corrections to the plan cannot be finalised until after 12 March 2020 which is when the notices expire. My mortgage offer will be expired in 7th March. Is there any chance to short the notice time or expedited ?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Cherry - I'm afraid not as we are reliant on the recipients to respond. We can't chase them or hurry them up.

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  18. Comment by Gemma posted on

    Hi there, I’m waiting for a land registry deed to be looked into regarding a ‘blue building line’ shown on the plan. Title number NK168546, postcode NR12 8UH. Can you tell me if it’s been received and under urgent review? It’s holding up an exchange due this week. Many thanks.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Gemma - we have received an enquiry against that title and the processing team are waiting on the paper records to be received from central storage to confirm what has happened and why. They will then respond to the conveyancer asap. The conveyancer has also chased the matter recently

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        Comment by Gemma posted on

        Hi Adam, thanks for your quick reply.
        All parties have set a deadline for exchange tomorrow.
        Is it likely the paper records will be sent over today/tomorrow morning to my conveyancer?
        An extremely long, drawn out and stressful sale rests on this!
        Many thanks, Gemma

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Gemma - it's possible and the team have already advised the conveyancer that they will deal with it asap so hopefully they are able to. All depends on what the paper records reveal though as to whether it is a simple amendment or something more complex. It's been flagged as urgent already but I will enquire as well

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            Comment by Gemma posted on

            Thanks Adam

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Gemma - the amendment has been completed and the register updated to match the title plan

  19. Comment by Hazel posted on

    Hi, I am purchasing the property - Title: WYK451150. There was an area on the plan shaded in blue (I know what it is) which wasn't noted on the title deeds. I understand (from a call to the Land Registry) that an application for an "amendment" was made around 3rd December 2019 - but no one seems able to tell me what this is or whether it has been completed. I understand we are awaiting a Completed Register of Title - does that mean that the amendment has been made and we are just waiting on the document or is there more that needs to be done? Is there any idea of timescales on this? I can't seem to get a straight answer from solicitors - it's becoming very frustrating for both me and the vendor. Many thanks for your help!

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Hazel - we have established that the register needs to be amended and emailed the seller's solicitor on 3rd December but as yet they do not appear to have responded. As the buyer I would suggest that you/your solicitor contacts the seller's solicitor and ask them to respond to our email of the 3rd December.

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        Comment by Hazel posted on

        Many thanks for this Adam. I have gone back to my solicitor and the estate agent and asked them to apply pressure. So frustrating. Thanks for all your help!

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  20. Comment by kk posted on

    aah got it ... Yes the expectations are set but it seems i have to apply more pressure to vendor/solicitors ... Thanks for the help.

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  21. Comment by Jamie posted on

    Hi Adam,

    I have a pending title split that has been running for a month now of which is holding up a re-mortgage, but the re-mortgage is to pay off family loans of which I'm paying interest on as well as credit cards etc.
    Does this reasoning constitute a priority...?
    Thank you

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Jamie - most likely yes so the conveyancer needs to submit a request to expedite and also provide documentary evidence to confirm the issue as described. They should be aware of what is required

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  22. Comment by Steven King posted on

    Hi
    Early last year in May 2019 i went through the process of renewing my lease to sell my property. My solicitor sent me all the confirmation emails in September 2019 telling me it had completed and now i am just waiting on the registration process with land registry so i went ahead and sold my property that same month.

    Is there any way of knowing when this will complete? as my buyers solicitor says they will not exchange before registration is complete at land registry and my whole chain is about to collapse as it is taking to long. I have asked the solicitor to expedite several times but they just give me excuses. Is there any way i can expedite myself or even check if my solicitor has even requested to expedite?

    The title number is SGL539251

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Steven - the application was lodged in late October (prov title SGL807813) and no request to expedite has been submitted it seems. If the matter is now urgent, as you have a confirmed buyer, then the solicitor needs to request expedition and submit documentary evidence of the confirmed purchase. They should know the drill but check with them as to whether there is any reason why they would not be making such a request. We need the request and evidence from them in these cases as it's their application and although you are the client there may be a reason for their reluctance to make a request.
      Without expedition it is unlikely that the application will be considered until late May/early June as things currently stand

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  23. Comment by Nick Corrin posted on

    Hi,
    We are purchasing a new build property - 42a Bearton Rd, Hitchin, SG5 1UE. Although we were told that the new titles had been expedited, we have not yet had them confirmed by HMLR. Please can you confirm the status of the new titles?
    Many thanks in advance.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Nick - the pending application (HD585302) has not been expedited but processing did start earlier this month. We have been in touch with the lodging conveyancer to resolve a few issues and they have recently replied. The application is now back with the nominated caseworker so will be reconsidered shortly.

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        Comment by Nick Corrin posted on

        Thanks Adam,
        Do you have an estimate on the timescale for the application to be reconsidered?
        It's disappointing that the request was not expedited as it has been holding up our sale for some time now. Would there be any benefit to expediting the case at this stage?

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Nick - reconsideration normally happens within a few days of replies being received. There is no benefit in trying to expedite it now as expedition reduces the wait time between receipt and consideration. That wait time is now over

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  24. Comment by Robert Gott posted on

    Thank you Adam that’s great news. The solicitors are saying only half the documents are back, do you know if the other half will be back today?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Robert - I don;t know what they mean by only half I'm afraid. If they are expecting more then I would suggest they contact us direct through the normal channel they would use.

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  25. Comment by steven king posted on

    Hi,

    The original deeds to my property seem to be incomplete at land registry. How does this happen? and how to i obtain new deeds that contain all the proper information i need to sell my property? The sale of my property has his a stumbling block as the buyer's solicitor will not proceed without complete legible documents. This was never an issue when i purchased the property 12 years ago, how come now there is an issue with the deeds and title plan ect?

    Steve

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Steven - impossible to comment here so I would suggest you use our online contact form to provide the specific details and what you think is wrong and why. Our support team can then check the registered details and respond as appropriate. If we have erred in some way then we can then look at putting that right. https://help.landregistry.gov.uk/app/contactus_general

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        Comment by Catherine Andrews posted on

        Hello ,
        We are in the process of selling our house and are just at point we were expecting to exchange. It now appears there is an anomaly on the entry for our property regarding a garage that was part of the property when my parents bought the house in 1961. The entry shows the garage as being partially outside the boundary line. Our buyers solicitor say if this cannot be amended ( not sure what that means ) we need to apply for adverse possession ( not sure what that means either. Is there any way we can pay an enhanced fee to have the entry amended? We have all the original deeds and the planning permission documentation from 1961. Any advice would be most welcome. I am completely new to this and my Mother is elderly and confused so can’t give me any history, although no issue has ever been mentioned by her or my late Father in the past .
        Many thanks
        Catherine

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Catherine - any amendment has to be applied for. If there was an error made in registering it and you have deeds to prove that then an application can be made on that basis.
          If there was no error but someone has effectively extended their boundaries/built on land registered to someone else then a claim as to ownership now might be required. That’s what adverse possession refers to.
          There is no enhanced fee involved. But someone will have to apply and it reads as if the solicitor is trying option 1 first with option 2 as a possible next step if the first fails

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            Comment by Catherine Andrews posted on

            Hi Adam,
            Thanks for that. Any idea how long it would take for an error to be corrected? I’m having the plot measured to confirm that the garage is within our boundary. Do you think that a mortgage lender ( for our buyers) would accept evidence that there has been an error in advance of Land Registry plan being amended ?
            Thanks so much for your swift reply
            Catherine

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Catherine - all depends on what that evidence was I suspect but very much a Q for the lender.
            You need to rely on your legal advice here as measuring the plot inc the garage simply confirms the plot size and measurements. If that is larger than the registered extent you’ll need to resolve that as your solicitor has explained. Just because the plot and garage exist at a larger size does not mean the registered extent is just changed to match. That is not how land law works re such matters hence you needing to rely on your legal advice. The buyer will be doing the same

  26. Comment by Sonya posted on

    Hi there

    If we remortgage, how long does it take for the new mortgage lender and the old one to be removed to be added to the title deed? Will I need to pay for a new copy of the title deed?

    Thanks
    Sonya

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Sonya - average timescale around 2 weeks. If you want a copy from us then yes re payment.

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  27. Comment by Jake posted on

    Hello,
    We purchased a property last summer. Our solicitor said the land registry application had been made immediately after purchase. Please would you be able to provide me with an indication of when the application was made and what its current status is?
    Address:

    Lower Noyadde
    HR35JS

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Jake - we do have a backlog of certain types of work which may mean it is one of those and subject to a delay. Your solicitor should be able to check and confirm online using the specific title number and case reference. If it is still waiting to be processed then the online information will confirm that

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  28. Comment by Paul posted on

    Hello

    We are in the final stage of selling our freehold MAN352115 (and lease GM111492). The buyers solicitor is questioning the rentcharge and has requested a deed of variation to remove 1925 law of property rights to satisfy the buyers lender. Our sale fell through in December 19 and the property sold again at the start of January. Apart from this enquiry, the chain should be able to complete so it is very urgent.

    I have spoken to the rentcharge owner and they are not keen on a variation believing that it will be very expensive - instead they have offered to sell the rentcharge for £250 plus £240 legal fees and can produce the paperwork in a few days - I'm not sure but it might be a deed of release (I need to check with them). I am concerned that the Land Registry may not be satisfied with the documents and not remove the rentcharge from the register if I go ahead with the transaction.

    Is it a case of having evidence that they are the rentcharge owner and if so what should I request as part of the transaction e.g. copy of the rentcharge deed (or is a copy available at the Land Registry charges register please)?

    Many thanks in advance,

    Paul

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Paul - they will need to produce evidence to show that they are the rentcharge owner. We are aware of the rentcharge created in the 1923 Conveyance so they will have to show how they have acquired it and are this able to now sell/release it. A copy of the rentcharge deed and register would not be sufficient as I assume the owner now is not the same as the named company. I'd recommend you seek legal advice as to what is sufficient to confirm their ownership and ability to sell/release the rentcharge now

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  29. Comment by Paul posted on

    Hi Adam

    Thanks for your reply. I have solicitors for the sale of our house and will pass it over to them but before I do I would like to get my facts straight so I know what to ask for from the rentcharge owner to agree the purchase of the rentcharge and whether I should pay the £490 up front.

    Looking at some old correspondence that we received when we bought the house, in 1992 the rentcharge was being paid to The Trustees for N.O. Gartside (possibly a director of Wingfield Park Est Co). In approx 1994, the current rentcharge owner acquired the rentcharge. Would the purchase in 1994 be sufficient proof of ownership and would I need to ask for this purchase deed as part of the transaction or would a copy be sufficient for Land Registry? Or do we need documents all the way back to 1923?

    Also, if it is a sale (and not a deed of release) does it need to be sold to the current title holders (myself and my wife) to merge with the title so that we can apply for the rentcharge to be extinguished? Which way is easier - release or sale please or does it not matter?

    Sorry for all the questions

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      Paul - we would need evidence of a good root of title re the rentcharge so going back at least 15 years from the date/deed on which the current owner purchased it. The requirements would be the same re that root of title as if you were trying to prove title to an unregistered property
      If you acquire the rentcharge then you can apply to cancel it on merger by producing the root of title and new deed whereby you bought it. A deed of release releases the rentcharge to the owner. I don;t think one is easier than the other as same requirements by and large but I'm sure your solicitor can advise which is easier from a conveyancing perspective

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        Hi Adam

        I've just spoken to the rentcharge owner and he acquired a number of rentcharges in December 1993 including the one on our property. The prior deeds proving root of title may refer to multiple rentcharges or he may simply not want to part with the originals. In either case, would copies certified by his solicitor be acceptable if lodged by my solicitor or would he need to forward the originals to my solicitor(I doubt that is an option)?

        Kind regards

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Paul - certified copies are generally acceptable

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            Comment by Paul posted on

            Thanks again Adam,

            My solicitor has advised for me to agree a sum for the redemption and receive a confirmation from the rentcharge owner which should be forwarded to the buyers solicitors for them to register on completion. Should I request root of title copies certified by the buyers solicitors even though they are not the solicitors ultimately filing the redemption?
            He has offered to sell the rentcharge to me as mentioned - if this is the only option he will offer, does this mean that I then produce a deed of redemption for the buyers?

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Paul - we can't advise you on how you redeem the rentcharge or prove title to it above and beyond what I have already shared. You need to rely on your legal advice here

  30. Comment by Simon posted on

    Hi could you update on a application for
    10a high street ST7 4RL please?
    Deed Variation for solar panels with ashade greener . As our mortage offer expires soon were worried and we were told it normally takes 2-5days for this type of application to complete. Thank you

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Simon - the application was received on the 9th March. 2-5 days is too short a timescale but it should be considered in the next few working days. The lodging conveyancer/firm can track it's progress online for you and confirm when completed or if any issues are raised with them

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        Comment by Simon posted on

        Thank you for your reply its much appreciated. Is there any further update on the matter ? Thank you

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Simon - No. Still waiting to be processed

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            Comment by Simon posted on

            Thank you for replying ive only just been notified.
            Is there still no update yet im starting to feel its not going to happen ?
            Thank you Adam

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Simon - not as yet I'm afraid. No reason to expect it to not happen but as I am sure you will appreciate other factors are now impacting on our workload and ability to process some applications within the previous advertised timescales. We will start on it asap (SF170338)

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            Comment by Simon posted on

            Thank you for the update Adam yes its a stressful time for everyone without worrying about our home falling through as I mentioned before the mortage offer expires soon and with all this going on now it’s getting depressing.
            Thank you For your help

  31. Comment by Paul posted on

    Hello again

    I am about to offer to pay for a Deed of Release for the rentcharge on MAN352115 from the rentcharge owner as it appears to be the only way that we can sell our house without losing the sale.

    I just need to clarify that certified copies of root of title signed by the rentcharge owners solicitors and filed by the buyer solicitors when they redeem the charge are sufficient? I have asked my solicitor but she is not sure.

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      Comment by Paul posted on

      The rentcharge owner purchased the rentcharge in 1993. I have found this definition of good root of title on the web :

      The good root document – which is the document which shows that the seller is the current legal title owner and must be at least 15 years old at the date of the contract.

      So is the conveyance in 1993 sufficient please (and can it be a certified copy from their solicitor as my last question)?

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        Paul - a root of title starts with how the current owner purchased it and goes back at least 15 years form there. We won;t confirm what is acceptable ahead of an application as it is for you/your conveyancer to confirm who now owns it and to satisfy yourselves as to the root of ownership. We will only consider it once an application is submitted.

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          Comment by Paul Mullineux-Jones posted on

          Thanks Adam

          I have gone ahead and offered to pay for the release - fingers crossed that it is produced as it is the only enquiry left on our chain.

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  32. Comment by Jerry dover posted on

    My solicitor said she put an application in to take off a restriction to sell my late fathers home , when i called the land registry they said no new application has been made. I spoke to my solicitor again and she said they have another way to send applications through a different portal.Land registry said there is no such thing, am i right to start panicking and is my solicitor giving me false information?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Jerry - the portal is an e-channel for solicitors to use. They can also apply by post. Both still end up with us and on a single system so if we haven’t got an application, then we haven’t got one irrespective of how it was submitted.
      I wouldn’t be panicking and would simply ask them to confirm title number, our case reference and date of lodgement. They can also check and confirm whether it’s waiting to be processed or the stage reached through their portal. So no need to contact us as they have all the information you need.

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  33. Comment by Emma posted on

    How does one get a TR1 document signed and witnessed by two different people in the current COVID-19 situation if we are not allowed to leave our houses?

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      Emma - if you are unable to leave your houses then you may have to wait until restrictions are relaxed.

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  34. Comment by C McKittrick posted on

    How can I check what stage my expedite is please? (I am the buyer of a shared ownership new build and gone into a private rented Property)

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      CM cKittrick - if it’s expedited then it will be processed ASAP. Your conveyancer can check and confirm progress online inc if anything is holding it up e.g more information needed.
      I should stress that all applications to update/create a register are disrupted at the moment. All are waiting longer than usual to be processed. However expedition puts you at the head of the Q along with other expedites.
      https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-our-services

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        Comment by C Mckittrick posted on

        Thankyou for your response as with it being a shared ownership it has a complicated contract to be compiled thereafter (ie more time I am told!). I do understand the hard work, the reduced workforces everywhere are making and it is appreciated.

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  35. Comment by Teri West posted on

    Hi, could you please look into an application for 217 Newton road, Lowton, WA3 2BG. We are aware that it has been expedited but unable to find out when it was expedited and the likely timeframe.

    Many thanks,
    Teri

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Teri - what’s the title number and case reference please?

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        Comment by Teri West posted on

        Hi Adam,

        Title number is MAN264766

        Reference is MD1265T (I think?)

        Thanks

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Teri - many thanks but we’ve not had an application against that title for over a year. And the reference is unrecognised. Can you check and confirm with the conveyancer please?

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  36. Comment by Teri West posted on

    Hi Adam,

    Apologies. Here are the correct details:

    Title number MAN360133

    Reference number DC57EC5

    Could you tell us when this was expedited please and the likely timeframe? We're currently very concerned that we are going to lose our next property which is a new build and are awaiting this in order for our property sale to go through.

    Thank you

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Teri - it was added to the systems on 15th. It’s not expedited as yet so if they asked on submission ir later then that’s not happened yet but due to the current crisis that can happen.
      I’ll flag with colleagues but I’d suggest confirming with conveyancer that they have asked and provided urgency.
      I should stress that first registrations are the most disrupted type of application at present as they are paper/office based. So whilst expedition helps it doesn’t mean it can be completed immediately or in days. So you are likely to still bear with us but we will process it ASAP

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  37. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Daniel - there are several applications against that title. None are expedited so if the conveyancer has lodged an application then get them to check case ref and confirm they’ve requested expedition and lodged documents to confirm urgency

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  38. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Daniel - what’s the title number and case reference please? If you don’t have them then check with solicitor but they can also confirm expedited and any delay too

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  39. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Daniel - the application was expedited. It’s now been completed so I’d suggest speaking to the conveyancer to clarify/confirm next steps.

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      Comment by Daniel posted on

      That’s great news

      Thank you for the follow up reply
      I will get onto my conveyancer to give them the push.

      Thank you

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  40. Comment by Mike posted on

    Hello.
    My two sisters and I inherited our parents house about 3 years ago. The next door neighbour bought the bottom of the garden in 1984 but didn't move the fence or register the boundary and our solicitors have just finished sorting this out. The title number is BK102695, his is ON89253. I think this also includes a request to be allowed to move the same neighbours services, which run down the side of the garden.
    Our solicitor tells us it will take over 9 months to register. The neighbour thinks nothing more should be done but we are unable to sell the house. It would be great if you could please see if you could help out. Thanks very much, Mike

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  41. Comment by Mike posted on

    Hi Adam
    Really prompt answer. Thanks very much.
    The neighbour's solicitor has been having a major health issue for the last year and I'm not sure he's even at work any more. We were hearing from a Locum every few weeks, if that. Would you be able to accept something from our solicitor, if I can trace her on her furlough, or is this a lost cause?
    Thanks very much again. Mike.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Mike - there’s never a lost cause but the applications we have are from CANTELLI & CO so you need to press them to pursue the urgency. This may seem a daft thing to say but it’s their choice re expedition as whilst others are affected they are their applications

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        Comment by Mike posted on

        Hi Adam.
        Thanks very much for your time to deal with my query. I'm sure you have better things to do. I'll ask my solicitor to try to get whoever is at Cantelli to fill out the expedition form and try to speed things up. Not that hopeful though. Thanks again for your help. Mike

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Mike - thank you. There’s no form as they can apply online - hopefully they’ll be proactive for you. Good luck

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  42. Comment by Daniel Etienne posted on

    Hi Adam,

    I have more details now.

    Title number is WSX399857

    HM land registry reference is K194KKR

    Many thanks

    Daniel

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Daniel - many thanks. That was lodged yesterday so have they asked for it to be expedited?

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        Comment by Daniel Etienne posted on

        Thank you for your quick response.

        It is all a bit confusing... we were informed that the request to land registry was made about 7-8 weeks ago... with this reference number: WSX179592.

        We were then told that this had been expedited last week on the 28th April. Yet when they e-mailed me today, I've been given WSX399857 and K194KKR.

        So, have they never put through the actual request to land registry?

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Daniel - there are a number of applications against the earlier title you posted. None of them submitted by the same conveyancer. However I have very limited access to the specific details so I’d be loathe to say Y/N re timing of actual request.
          I’ll ask a colleague to take a look to see if they’ve requested expedition as if they haven’t then there’s going to be a lengthy delay

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            Comment by Daniel Etienne posted on

            Hi Adam

            Did you manage to get a reply? I spoke to the solicitor who said she put through the application 7/8 weeks ago but she is now saying it cannot be found on the portal. 11 North Mead PO19 6EG

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Daniel - the details you have are correct and the application was lodged on 5th May by Sharratts. Colleagues can’t match anything previously on the other title so best to ask conveyancer to confirm for you. I’ve had it expedited

  43. Comment by Matthew posted on

    Hi, I am just wondering roughly how long it is taking to register a deed of variation for solar panels that we are currently purchasing number 71 LE13 1EZ. We were told by the selling solicitor it would be registered imminently But we have since been asked if we can accept an undertaking to deal with this after completion. Which makes us wonder how long it will take. As we’d rather have it all sorted before completion. We are only a 2 person chain and this is the only thing holding us up at the very top of the chain. We’ve been advised a expedite has been applied for but no decision yet. Thanks

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Matthew - if you e agreed to buy and they e provided that evidence with the request then it should be expedited. If it is then it will be considered ASAP. Your own conveyancer should be able to check/confirm online for you in a few days

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  44. Comment by Matthew posted on

    Thank you very much for the quick reply Adam. This puts our mind at ease a bit.

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  45. Comment by Nikki posted on

    Hello, Please is it only solicitors that can ask for a case to be expedited? My husband and I bought a house in 2018. The title number is HD135567. He passed away recently which coincided with when our fixed mortgage offer was coming to an end. I tried to remortgage with the same bank but to my dismay found out that the original solicitor we used set it up as tenants in common. My husband and I didn't spot this, so now the bank is saying that they need proof that the title has been updated and probate before they can remove his name and allow me to remortgage. The current variable rate is causing me financial difficulty. the form to update the title seemed easy enough to do so i completed it on my own and sent it back with death certificate which you have acknowledged receipt of. I'm just struggling to pay the increased amount at the moment and will benefit from it being expedited but can't see how I can do it. If not, will it be quicker to pay a solicitor and lodge another change then ask them to expedite? Thank you so much for all your help here

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  46. Comment by Nikki posted on

    Thank you so much Adam, I've been doing some more reading and i'm now confused. I sent in a DJP form with death certificate, should it have been RX3 instead and I did not complete ST5 form. Is that needed?

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      Nikki - I’m very sorry as I should have acknowledged your recent loss and I’m sorry to read that.
      The tenants in common (TIC) aspect can be confusing but you appear to have worked it out correctly. If you have sent a form DJP then that will update the register re your legal ownership and remove your deceased husband’s name.
      However it won’t deal with the form A restriction which the solicitor applied for when you were registered and which many associate with the TIC aspect you refer to. In order to cancel that you will indeed need a form RX3 and ST5.
      The alternative to the ST5 would be a certificate from a conveyancer confirming the same details but I assume at this stage you are not using a conveyancer but will do for the remortgage.
      The RX3 and ST5 requirements are set out on our PG 6 section 7
      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/devolution-on-the-death-of-a-registered-proprietor
      If you would like me to put your pending application on hold to await your forms RX3 and ST5 then please let me know ASAP

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        Comment by Nikki posted on

        Thank you so much for your quick response. Yes can you please put the pending application on hold. I was applying for remortgage with the same bank to move to a better deal so was told I didn't need a conveyancer as it's classed as a product transfer.

        I will complete rx3 and st5 and put it in the post this morning, please finally how can I ask for it to be expedited? I have wasted time, I didn't have trying to save money by doing it myself instead of paying a solicitor and so annoyed with myself.

        It's neither here nor there but still have no idea why solicitor would have registered it as tenants in common without a conversation and rely on us to spot it in paperwork.

        Thank you so much for all your help.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Nikki - I’ve already flagged it so just include a note explaining how you need to remortgage urgently for financial reasons

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        Comment by Nikki posted on

        Sorry Adam, I also wanted to add that I've just dug out the letter from the bank and it says and I quote ''...If you are entitled to ......'s share of the property and wish to change the name on the mortgage, we will need confirmation that the title deeds have been updated at the Land Registry and grant of probate and written confirmation from the executors (in this case, its me) that you are entitled to .........'s share of the property.

        So not sure if just the DJP will update the title deeds. I will call the bank for confirmation. I have put the Rx3 and ST5 in the post just now so my question is whether its possible for the pending application to be expedited and then if it's not adequate for the bank, ask for the RX3 to be expedited too. I'm honestly just looking for the quickest possible way. I appreciate most will have a sob story but paying nursery fees for twins (classed as key worker so still sending them in) plus increase in mortgage payment is crippling me.

        Thank you again for all your help.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Nikki - the DJP and death certificate are sufficient to update the register. You don’t need probate for that but check with lender as to their needs

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            Comment by Nikki posted on

            Thanks Adam, the bank has confirmed that they just need the register updated and not the Form A restriction removed so once I hear back from land registry, I should be able to proceed, then i guess the restriction can be removed at a slower pace.

            I 'm not asking for a specific timeframe but am i likely to hear back by the end of the month at the latest?

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Nikki - many thanks. I had put the application on hold but will let it go now and it should b3 done this week.

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            Comment by Nikki posted on

            Hi Adam, Please will you be able to check if the title has been updated thanks

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Nikki - HD135567 has been updated and the application completed. That should have gone out yesterday

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            Comment by nikki posted on

            Thanks Adam, still not here, hopefully it will arrive on Tuesday. Kind Regards

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            Comment by Nikki posted on

            Hi Adam,
            Sorry to trouble you, please can you confirm if its definitely gone out as I still haven't received it.

            regards

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Nikki - the application was completed on the 18th and the register updated. That register is available online.
            The letter confirming the update plus a copy of the register will have been issued by 2nd class post. If that hasn’t arrived at your Borehamwood address then it may be still in transit or lost in the post. If you want it reissued then you’d need to use our contact form https://help.landregistry.gov.uk/app/contactus_general to enquire, advise and request it. I should stress that you don’t need it to now move things forward but I do appreciate why you would want it for completeness

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            Comment by Nikki posted on

            Thank you so much Adam, it did't occur to me to check the register online. I've just downloaded a copy online. You've been very helpful thank you once again, most appreciated.

  47. Comment by Matthew posted on

    Hi again. Our solicitor is struggling to get an answer back from the selling solicitor regarding weather his request for the deed of variation to be expedited has been accepted? Is this something you could look into? I’m afraid I don’t have the title number but the address is 71 Grange Drive, LE13 1NJ. We have to move at the end of the month and if this can’t be processed in time we will need to pull out of transactions and look at other options.

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      Matthew - we have an application submitted on 7 April but there’s no request to expedite or documentary evidence with it at present. I’d suggest speaking to your conveyancer and asking them to take that up with the seller. They’ll need to make the request and submit the evidence

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        Hi, is there anything you can tell me about how this application is progressing? Our sellers solicitor is refusing to ask for it to be expedited as he says there isn’t grounds for it to be expedited. So all parties are just waiting we are only a chain of 3. we haven’t exchanged contracts yet but our buyer is likely to pull out in the coming days and force us to pull out of our purchase unless we can get a rough idea of when things can proceed.

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  48. Comment by Matthew posted on

    Thanks Adam, I will go back and try and get some answers, I was told last time the sellers solicitor had expedited it so hopefully I get some honest answers back this time.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Matthew - if they have then ask them for channel used and case reference please?

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  49. Comment by Matthew posted on

    I’ve just realised I put the wrong postcode in, the correct one is 71 Grange Drive LE13 1EZ. If that makes any difference?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Matthew - thanks but no as I realised and found the correct one

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  50. Comment by Matthew posted on

    Ok, I will ask for these details. Thanks for your help.

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  51. Comment by Daniel Etienne posted on

    Hi Adam, any update?

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      Comment by Daniel Etienne posted on

      Sorry, I thought it linked to my previous post! WSX399857 and K194KKR.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Daniel - the amendment to WSX399857 was completed today

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  52. Comment by Ruth Edwards posted on

    Please can you give me an update on my request that has been expedited?
    Application Reference:- S075FKR
    Title No:- CYM523119

    Many thanks

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  53. Comment by Matthew posted on

    We have finally had an answer from the sellers solicitor, they have confirmed they haven’t asked for it to be expedited and have also left it in the hands of a shade greener to register so they now have to push them to ask for it to be expedited. Thanks for your help Adam without your answers everyone would of just been sat here waiting!

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  54. Comment by AdamH posted on

    Ruth - it’s been completed

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  55. Comment by Melanie posted on

    Hi, we have a property in our chain that is unregistered and delaying a chain that’s ready to exchange. It has been expedited a week ago, how long will it take to be managed now (Was submitted before lockdown)? It has title deeds already. High Wycombe, bucks but I don’t have the full address. Thanks for your guidance it helps as we are trying to plan our move... Melanie

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Melanie - if it’s been expedited then it will be considered ASAP. First registrations involve actual paper deeds and as such that plus the closure of our offices makes processing them extremely tricky and as such will inevitably lead to delays. We are managing to process the majority but it’s not a quick thing. You will have to bear with us I’m afraid

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        Comment by Melanie R posted on

        Is there any estimate timeline that can be given on a expedited new registration? Is it day/weeks or months? My solicitor is scaring me saying it could be months! We are living amongst boxes with kids so it’s freaking me out. Thanks for your reply... mel

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Melanie - expedition reduces the wait time between stages so once expedited it will normally b3 considered within a few days. If it’s all in order and no wider checks are needed then it’s completed there and then.

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  56. Comment by Melanie R posted on

    Hi Adam, Really appreciate your help here! I will let you know if I have further queries.
    All the best Mel

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  57. Comment by Steve posted on

    Hi, Please could I have an update on the progress of the following house registration which seems to be taking a while to be registered, ref:MP1/MP2/Brio/382/003. The owner is selling the property and is in a chain with us, most parties are ready but her sale is being held up due to the property not being registered. Any progress update would be much appreciated. Regards, Steve.

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  58. Comment by steve posted on

    Thanks Adam, I will try and find the correct reference as this was the one that the owner gave to me.Thanks.

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  59. Comment by Kirstie posted on

    Hi
    I was wondering if you could help.
    We are buying the lease on our current property (CH41 0BJ) as we are selling. Our mortgage offer expires on 31st July. We have explained this to the solicitor and he’s asked for proof which we have sent. He has told us he has put the paperwork in but I was wondering if it had been expedited? I have asked him but he didn’t give an answer. He said if it wasn’t back in 2 weeks he would chase it up. Thanks.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Kirstie - sounds right so please rely on your solicitor here. Just make sure they e requested expedition using their portal/Application enquiry and submitted documentary evidence.

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        Comment by Kirstie posted on

        Thanks Adam. I wasn’t sure as he hadn’t answered when I asked. I will wait for him to chase it up after 2 weeks if needed. I appreciate your reply.

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  60. Comment by steve posted on

    Hi, Please could you look into this case, the house is sold subject to contract, and the hold up is that its taking a long time to register the property and the whole chain is waiting and becoming very stressed. The new title number is BM441349 and the property is 18 Hampden Road. Thanks in advance, Regards, Steve.

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  61. Comment by VIJAY SINGH posted on

    Hi, My house is sold subject to contact. My solicitor submitted deed of variation for solar panels lease and i asked him to request expedite as only this is holding exchange of contracts. Please could you check if expedite is requested. Address is 15 CV3 3GB.
    Please could you advise how long it will take.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Vijay - you’ve contacted us on our forum and we’ve replied there. Please stick to a single enquiry channel to save us duplication if reply and effort

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  62. Comment by Max Vickers posted on

    Hi there,
    We are waiting on the transfer of a garage out of the title deed of the house we are buying. The application was submitted in April - it's the only thing holding our transaction up, and we are desperate to move. Could you advise on how much longer it will take? The address is 75 SE23 2AX
    Thank you very much for any help.

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  63. Comment by Jess posted on

    Hi Adam/ian,

    I am in the process of purchasing a property and we are held up on the registering of the lease extension.

    The property address is 39b Rock Road, TN15 8RD.

    Would you be able to see how much longer this will take roughly?

    Thanks in advance.

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  64. Comment by Nigel Kettell posted on

    Hi,
    Can I get any details on the application that I submitted re: BK74163?
    I submitted this application approx 6 or 7 weeks ago.
    Regards,
    Nigel.

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  65. Comment by Nigel Kettell posted on

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    "Some applications are taking slightly longer than our usual service standards."

    How long are your "usual service standards" as unfortunately this statement doesn't give me any indication of how long this application may take?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Nigel - if it’s a register update then 2/3 weeks under normal circumstances. Current timescales are nearer 8/9 weeks
      Your quote refers to other types of application and not applications to create or update a register

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  66. Comment by Aaron Jameson posted on

    Hi, Can I get an update on a RX4 that was put in for SY396451 please? Our solicitor has said is was expedited due to the fact we are purchasing the property and have given notice on our rented house. Thank you

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Aaron - there’s an application submitted on 26th June. It’s not been expedited so please ensure they have requested it by filling our online guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-hm-land-registrys-services#expedite-an-application

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        Comment by Aaron Jameson posted on

        Would it be possible to check this one again? I have been told that it has now been expedited?
        If it has then how long will it take to get looked at? And how long from there will it take for them to be able to pull the updated deed to allow us to complete the purchase? SY396451
        Thank you for your help

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Aaron - it’s been expedited today so should be considered in the next few working days

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            Comment by Aaron Jameson posted on

            Hi Adam
            SY396451 there should be a RX4 which was expedited and confirmed to have been last week for this?

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Aaron - apologies as I searched an SYK title. The application against SY396451 was completed on the 3rd July. I doubt if the applicant will have received the confirmation as yet in the post. But the updated register is available online

  67. Comment by Aaron Jameson posted on

    Thanks Adam. Does this mean the deed will be amended if accepted within the next few days?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Aaron - no. Just means it will be considered ASAP rather than waiting several weeks before that happens. If it’s all in order and registerable when considered then the register can be updated at same time

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        Comment by Aaron Jameson posted on

        Hi Adam,
        Any update on this one? SY396451
        Thank you

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Aaron - we haven’t had an application against that title for a few years

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  68. Comment by Jannie Blair posted on

    Hi Adam,

    I wondered if you can help me please? We are in the process of buying 7 Eagle Fold, Hyde, SK14 4GU. The sellers solicitor is not getting to our solicitor despite calls/emails. The sellers are in the process of buying the leasehold Prior to exchange/completion and our solicitor has confirmed the application has been expedited through by their solicitor. I do not have a title/process number but I wondered if you let me know where the process is up to? I appreciate everything has slowed down due to COVID. We are just concerned because mortgage offers will run out soon. Thanks in advance.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Jannie - it was expedited yesterday so should be considered ASAP. Most are being considered within 2 working days at present so hopefully, if all is in order, things may be completed soon. Your own solicitor should be able to track progress themselves MAN361772/DC5852C using their secure portal

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        Comment by Janet Blair posted on

        Thank you so much for the swift response! You say it will be considered in 2 working days - how long does it take then for the transfer of the title? I will chase up our solicitor now to ask them if it’s out of your remit.

        Brilliant service Adam!

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Janet - should not will as we can’t be definitive so can only offer an indication based on current experience
          If it’s in order when considered then it’s completed. I wouldn’t chase anyone now as a result. I would simply ask them to check for you early next week.

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            Comment by Jannie Blair posted on

            Hi Adam. Thank you so much for your response.

            I’ve sent my solicitor an email today to ask them to use the code you sent to chase up the freehold today. You indicated it should be through now - is that the case please according to your records?

            Thanks in advance.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Jannie - it has been expedited now so hopefully it can be considered ASAP

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            Comment by Janet Blair posted on

            Hi Adam.
            Re 7 Eagle Fold, Hyde.

            I still have a walk of silence from our solicitor. I have emailed again today. You kindly confirmed the application had been expedited at the start of July and if everything was on order the application would be considered in 2 working days. Please can you confirm if the freehold transfer and confirmation of the application has been completed by the land registry and sent through To our solicitor?
            Thanks in advance - fingers crossed we’ll get there in the end. I appreciate lockdown has slowed the whole process down.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Janet - expedition reduces the wait time so it was expedited in 2nd July and considered in 3rd July. We contacted the solicitor for more and they have now replied. That reply was added to the application today so will be referred back to the caseworker to reconsider ASAP

  69. Comment by Sophie posted on

    Hi Adam, would it please be possible to see if a request for lease extension for TGL207036 has been expedited? We are in the process of buying the property but we are waiting for the lease extension to go through. Thank you

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  70. Comment by BS posted on

    Please could you tell me how much longer it will be before the restriction is removed from 84 DN18 6EY our solicitor says they started this process at the beginning of May.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      BS - application was submitted 19th June. It was expedited on 2nd July as due to Covid it was still waiting to be processed. We have written to solicitor today as the application is not in order.
      If they are able to respond quickly and everything is then in order it could be completed quickly

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  71. Comment by S posted on

    Hi we are awaiting the sale of property 42 highcross place, chertsey, kt169fn. Removal of a rogue restriction that expired last Tuesday, has this been expedited? Many thanks

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      S - an application to remove a restriction against that title was completed today

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  72. Comment by S posted on

    Hi submitted a comment earlier regardung a restriction and its not showing

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  73. Comment by S posted on

    Hi, can i have an update on restriction on this property we are purchasing this propety. Its 9 birkshead wilsden bd15 0dh.

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  74. Comment by Cassie posted on

    Hi, our solicitor apparently sent an application to register our house (first registration) yesterday.
    Our buyers’ solicitor are insisting that it is registered prior to exchange/completion.
    Our solicitor sent a memorandum of sale as evidence and asked for the application to be expedited.
    I appreciate that it might be difficult to give a definitive answer, but is it possible to get an estimate of how long it’s likely to take to register the property please? Am experiencing financial hardship and the sale was agreed last December!

    Thanks for any help.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Cassie - they’ll need to request expedition through a specific channel https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-hm-land-registrys-services#expedite-an-application
      If they lodged the request with their application it won’t be actioned I’m afraid due to the impact of Covid 19 on how applications are handled on receipt

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        Comment by Cassie Smyth posted on

        Ok, I’ll pass that information on. Thank you.

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          Comment by Cassie posted on

          Hi. Our conveyancer has said “ We cannot expedite the matter using the Land Registry portal until we have either the proposed new title number or a Land Registry reference.“

          They sent the request for a first registration, by post, on Monday or Tuesday.

          I’m confused as to whether the postal application will now sit with you until you can respond (as I understand this is likely to be many weeks?) or will you acknowledge receipt of the application once you have received it and then the conveyancer may use the portal to apply for expedition?

          Thank you for any advice.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Cassie - an acknowledgement is issued to them as the firm lodging the application

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            Comment by Cassie Smyth posted on

            Hi, please disregard my reply from earlier today.

            Our conveyancer has updated us to advise that there is a delay in registering the property due to a notice being issued on the application, which will not expire until the 24.08.
            Unfortunately I have no idea what this means; is it something to worry about?

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Cassie - when registering a title for the first time we may have to carry out wider checks with adjoining or affected land/property owners. These checks often involve writing to them, in the form of a Notice, to advise them of the application and what we intend to do in creating the title.
            In this case it seems that the unregistered land/property includes a variety of rights, notably rights of way, over adjoining land/property.
            The purpose of the wider checks is to confirm the affected neighbours agree/consent to such rights being registered. They are given time to consider and then respond hence the timescale your solicitor has quoted.
            If the recipients respond and consent then the timescale can be shortened. If they do not then whilst the timescale runs out on the 24th the application will need to be reconsidered again so if it can be completed that may not happen until a couple of working days later.

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        Comment by Cassie Smyth posted on

        Thanks for your help, Adam.
        Are you able to check please if you have received an application for
        56 Gurdon Road
        CO2 7PP?

        Many thanks.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Cassie - we have. Added to the system on 8th July

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            Comment by Cassie Smyth posted on

            Thanks so much Adam, and has the conveyancer expedited it yet?

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Cassie - not yet. You’ll recall your previous comment re it needing to be lodged first so I assume they’ll request expedition next https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-hm-land-registrys-services#expedite-an-application

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            Comment by Cassie posted on

            Thanks Adam. Sorry to keep on but our conveyancer is on holiday until Wednesday. Has anyone else used the portal to apply for expedition?

            Cheers

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Cassie - I’m afraid not. I’ll flag with colleagues to see if anything can be done. I must stress though that first registrations are the most affected by Covid at present as they rely on paper deeds.

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            Comment by Cassie Smyth posted on

            Thanks Adam. Have you had an application to expedite yet? Many thanks.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Cassie - you’ll recall I flagged it with colleagues so it was expedited then. It appears the solicitor had sent in paperwork re the urgency and that has now (yesterday) been added to the application.
            It will be considered by a caseworker as soon as possible. If in order then it should be completed. If not then it may still be subject to delay whilst that is rectified. You will have to bear with us.

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          Comment by Cassie Smyth posted on

          Thanks for the clear explanation, it is reassuring. Okie dokie then, I will leave you alone now! Cheers.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Cassie - these things can be routine but they are necessary to ensure the legal titke can be relied upon. It can seem like a painfully slow process but we can’t avoid that sometimes. Hopefully it will continue on a positive trajectory for you

  75. Comment by Jodie G posted on

    Hi, 26 weeks into buying our house and we are now waiting for a Deed of variation to be registered, we believe that the sellers solicitors did this around 2 weeks ago and requested that the case be expedited, we've had no news and with the mortgage offer expiring on 18th we're getting worried! Can you check if the request to expedite was approved and any estimates timeframe? Title number is NT84418, thank you 🙂

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Jodie G - there’s nothing pending against that title I’m afraid and nothing recent either. It’s for a #53 property so if that’s the right one then best contact the solicitor for an update

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        Comment by Jodie G posted on

        Thanks for your speedy response Adam, it is number 53. There is a freehold and a leasehold at that address. The variation is on the leasehold (solar panels) - can you double check if I gave you the title number for the leasehold? Thank you very much!

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Jodie G - many thanks and I did check both. Nothing pending against either so if lodged please ask them to confirm title number and all important case reference

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            Comment by Jodie G posted on

            Thank you so much Adam, I will chase the sellers today!

  76. Comment by Bethany N posted on

    Hi Adam,
    I wondered if you can help me please? We are in the process of buying 39 Valley View Road, Riddings DE55 4EU. The sellers solicitor isn't responding to our solicitor despite calls/emails. Our solicitor has confirmed the application has been expedited through by their solicitor. I do not have a title/process number but I wondered if you could let me know where the process is up to? I appreciate everything has slowed down due to COVID. We are just concerned and getting really stressed because our mortgage offer runs out very soon. Thanks in advance.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Bethany - the application is still with us an is only partially processed. Although the solicitor requested expedition this was refused as they did not provide the required documentary evidence to confirm the urgency. They don’t appear to have responded further to that refusal.
      Whilst I can flag it with colleagues you may wish to speak to your own conveyancer not only re the current situation but also with regards your mortgage offer and any lender flexibility

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        Comment by Bethany N posted on

        Hi Adam,
        Thank you for getting back to me.
        I believe the solicitors expedited the application on Friday with evidence from our mortgage provider highlighting the urgency as we really need this sorting due to our mortgage offer expiring very soon. Please can you confirm if this request has been accepted and if so how long will this take for yourselves to complete? So we can actually complete on our property purchase. Thanks again for your help and fast response, I really appreciate it.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Bethany - it has been expedited and processed. Unfortunately it is not in order so we contacted the lodging conveyancer on Friday. So how quickly things now move on is dependent on their response

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            Comment by Bethany N posted on

            Hi Adam,

            I believe the sellers solicitor has sent addition paperwork over to yourselves. I just wanted to check to see if you can advise where we are with that and if the restriction has now been processed? Thank you very much in advance.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Bethany - it looks like they replied on Friday so those details will be referred back to the caseworker to reconsider the application again. As it’s an expedite then it will be considered ASAP but that can still mean a wait of a few working days.

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            Comment by Bethany N posted on

            Hi Adam,
            Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! i really appreciate it. Fingers crossed we'll hear back from yourselves shortly then with an update 🙂

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            Comment by Bethany N posted on

            Hi Adam,

            Sorry to bother you again, i just wondered if there is any update and if the case worker has had chance yet to reconsider the application? i really appreciate your help during this all.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Bethany - it’s with a senior officer now as a next stage. As it’s expedite it will move quickly but not instantly I’m afraid so please do bear with us.
            The conveyancer has also been in touch and is informed/aware.

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            Comment by Bethany N posted on

            Hi Adam,

            Thank you for getting back to me. I really do appreciate it. Our solicitor isn't returning my emails, would you be able to advise if there has been any update on removing the title at all?

            Again thank you in advance. You've been so helpful.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Bethany - wider checks are now being carried out. These include contacting affected parties, namely those with an interest in the restriction. Those checks rely on recipients to respond and they are given time to do so. As such the checks may not complete until 18th/19th August so you will have to continue to bear with us

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            Comment by Bethany N posted on

            Hi Adam,
            Thank you again for getting back to me, I really do appreciate it!
            My solicitor has finally been in touch to inform me that the vendor had received your paperwork and this has been sent via post for guaranteed delivery today, they also sent a scanned copy in via email. I believe it was originally said that the Lang Reg could action the restriction the same day of receiving the letter. Would you be able to confirm this has been received and if action will be made today.

            Again I do appreciate your help with this.
            Thanks, Beth

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Bethany N - I can’t confirm if it’s been received. The application was submitted in such a way that anything ‘extra’ would come in separately and then have to be referred to the processing team to action. So the only information I could share would be if the application has been completed or not. As yet it has not been so I can only assume the ‘extras’ have not been matched/considered.
            Two things to flag are that firstly I’m afraid things very rarely happen at the speed someone has suggested to you. Even pre Covid it wouldn’t be done same day.
            And secondly the outstanding matters were not solely reliant on the vendor so there may still be other matters to be resolved re the wider checks I mentioned previously.

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            Comment by Bethany N posted on

            Hi Adam,
            Thank you for your response, I believe the vendor was told this would be actioned by today (Friday). Would you be able to check if the application has been completed? If not is there any way I can track and keep checking this myself? Instead of keep bothering you.
            Again thank you for your help it is appreciated. Regards, Beth.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Bethany - it’s still live so not yet completed. There’s no way for you to track progress I’m afraid. I’d encourage you to rely on the conveyancers to do that for you as they can track it through their secure portal with us.
            They are clearly checking/actioning so I’d suggest relying on them.i can see the solicitor contacted us this week and it’s back with the caseworker. But nothing to confirm or deny that it would be done today
            The blog format is not designed for dealing with such enquiries as we only have very limited access to our casework systems. We do our best to help but asking for updates numerous times and when you are getting information from elsewhere too is not the best use of this channel.
            That reads incredibly critical but it’s not meant to be. I say it simply to manage expectations at a time when the processing of applications is significantly disrupted and they may not progress as quickly as some might hope for a whole host of reasons, some of which are beyond our control.
            Happy to check again next week but I won’t approve and reply to your comment unless I’ve got something extra to add - hope that’s ok

  77. Comment by Matt posted on

    Please can I check if an expedited application for an amendment has been made for title number WR42159?

    Appreciate you are very busy given Covid but do you have any ETA as to when it will be processed?

    Thank you in advance.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Matt - an application was submitted against that title on the 8th July. If it needs to be expedited then the solicitor needs to request that as per our online guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-hm-land-registrys-services#expedite-an-application

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        Comment by Matt posted on

        Hi Adam,

        Thank you for the quick response.

        I have chased the solicitors again and they have now made a further enquiry to expedite the application.

        Apologies to ask again, but please can I check if the application is now expedited? - Title number WR42159 (Unfortunately this has been going on since May)

        Thanks in advance.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Matt - it has now been expedited

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            Comment by Matt posted on

            Thank you for confirming Adam.

            Do you an ETA as to when the application will be processed? we've been waiting such a long time to complete.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Matt - hopefully it will be considered this week. Everything then hinges on it being in order and if it is then it is completed and the register updated

  78. Comment by Pru Bonar posted on

    Hi there, I am selling my flat and purchasing another property and the chain has been ready to complete for a few weeks except for one problem, I need a certificate from the landlord but the landlord (a property company) is in liquidation. My lease is a sub-lease with the property company which bought several flats in the development and sold the leases on. The freeholder manages the building and all fees are paid directly to the freeholder anyway so maintenance etc is not a problem. My solicitor submitted an RX2 application on an expedited basis on 9 July asking for this restriction to be disapplied on this occasion so the sale can go ahead. Have you any idea how long this might take please? Feeling desperate. Title number is AGL271122. Many thanks

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Pru - we have it and it has been processed. However we have asked the conveyancer for more details (11th July) and await their response.
      Totally appreciate the feeling of desperation you must be feeling but hopefully your conveyancer can help there especially with regards what’s needed and timescales involved

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        Comment by Pru Bonar posted on

        Hi Adam, we finally received some further information from the liquidator which was sent to the Land Registry yesterday. Any idea how long it may take to be resolved? Many thanks Pru

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Pru - additional documents were received on 28th and again on 29th so the application will be referred back to the caseworker to reconsider again. That normally happens within a couple of days with an expedited application

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            Comment by Pru Bonar posted on

            Thanks Adam. However, I still haven't heard anything re the disapplication. The document sent Tuesday last week was a photo of the Notice by the liquidator disclaiming the lease so my solicitor sent it again when she received the hard copy from me the next day. As you know, we have applied to have the restrictions requiring Certificates of Compliance to be disapplied so my sale can go ahead. I cant exchange until this has been done which, of course, means my purchase can't go ahead either and the others in the chain are unsurprisingly getting impatient. Any idea how much longer I might have to wait so I can notify the estate agent for my purchase please? Many thanks

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Pru - I’ll see if I can find out

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Pru - it’s with one of our lawyers to consider the additional details provided. I’ve flagged it again so hopefully we’ll know more shortly. Sorry for the continued delay but clearly some complexity to it all.

  79. Comment by Pru Bonar posted on

    Many thanks Adam. I will check with my solicitor and see if I can help. May get back to you later. Have a lovely day. Best wishes

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  80. Comment by Samuel Whitcombe posted on

    I am in the process of selling my flat and buying a house. To sell the flat we had to apply for a lease extension, which we did through our solicitor. As everything else to do with the selling and buying of the propertys is now complete our solicitor expadited the extension as we now need it done quickly for us to complete. My solicitor told me that the Land registry excepted the expadition 2 weeks ago. I just wanted to have a realistic time scale as to when we might get it sorted. My solicitors assures me he has accounted for everything to make sure there are no mistakes. So when should I expect to hear back?

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Samuel - if it was expedited 2 weeks ago then processing should have already begun. And if the solicitor hasn’t heard anything they should check online through their secure portal to ensure it is expedited and/or what stage it is at.

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  81. Comment by Naz posted on

    Land Register Ref. P163PLR

    I urgently need this Transfer of Equity application to be registered as it is holding up the purchase of my new property. Can you please advise the status of it and how long it will take to be processed.

    Also if I request my conveyancing solicitor to expedite it what evidence does she need to submit since I have not exchanged contacts on my house purchase for this very reason (my conveyancing solicitor on the house purchasing side it holding up the signing of the contracts subject to this Transfer of Equity being registered), I have already given notice to my landlord for the end of the month and will be homeless without the house purchase. Kindly advise.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Naz - it was submitted on 8th July so probably won’t be considered for 4/5 weeks yet. If there’s an urgency then ask the solicitor to request expedition and lodge a copy of the memorandum of sale for example

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        Comment by Naz posted on

        Hi Adam, can you kindly advise the status of this one P163PLR. It has been Expedited, what is the estimated time of completion (registration). Look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          Naz - it’s an expedited application and w3 contacted the solicitor for more details yesterday.

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            Comment by Naz posted on

            Hi Adam, re. Ref P163PLR - the solicitor reverted to the Land Registry on the enquiry raised. Kindly advise estimated time of completion please. Thanks Naz

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            Naz - as with all expedites it’s asap. When a solicitor provides more information as the application was not in order the first time it was considered, it is referred back to the caseworker to reconsider. There should be no need for you to query the progress of every application bearing in mind that process. As you know expedites are processed ASAP, which effectively means usually within 2/3 working days, your solicitor can check and confirm progress online and if all is in order when it has been completed

  82. Comment by M posted on

    Hi Adam,

    Please is it possible to have an update on the re-registering for the Deeds at property:
    9 Cragg Lane, Denholme, BD13 4HP.

    We believe the Seller's Solicitor's submitted the registration last week as a priority. There's a chain of us all who have been waiting since February and now have mortgage offers ready to expire at the end of August . Any information would be amazing. Thanks

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      M - if they did then it would be a first registration and as yet nothing is showing up in our systems. If they have lodged it then once they get confirmation they can then request expedition. That reduces the wait time from several weeks to hopefully a few days. Everything then hinges on it being in order
      https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-hm-land-registrys-services#expedite-an-application

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        Comment by M posted on

        Hi Adam. I hope you are well? Sorry to chase again but I wondered if anything is showing for 9 Cragg Lane, Denholme, Bd13 4HP? We have been told the information was sent off on Friday. Thanks

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          M - nothing as yet but that’s no surprise as the application is a postal one. Once received it will have to be scanned and added to our systems and Covid 19 impact means that can be a drawn out process.
          Once it’s in the system the solicitor will be notified of a provisional title number and case reference. It will then wait several weeks currently before being processed.
          If it’s urgent the solicitor needs to request expedition https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-impact-on-hm-land-registrys-services#expedite-an-application
          So I’d suggest waiting a week at least before asking them to confirm receipt of title number/case reference and that expedition has been requested and agreed to

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            Comment by M posted on

            Thank you. I've chased again and apparently was sent recorded mail on Monday. Fingers crossed it's with you now. Will check back again next week as hopefully we may have a title number by then. Thanks again.

  83. Comment by M posted on

    Thank you for your fast reply. I will go back to see if it has properly been registered yet. Thanks again for your help.

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  84. Comment by J posted on

    Hi Adam.
    I’m wondering if you can help me please? I’m in the process of buying Garden Flat, 9 Ludlow Road, BS7 0XD and have been waiting for a new lease to be registered since April. The seller’s solicitor has applied for the application to be expedited and this has been agreed ‘subject to a requisition being satisfied.’ Can you tell me if this requisition has been dealt with and if the application has now been expedited please? If so, when can I expect this to be completed? Thanks in advance.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      J - do you know the title number and case reference? There are a few applications pending against #9 (post code is 0DX ending) but they refer to Flats A, B etc but none are expedited. If you can get some additional information that would help me identify the right one. But as none are expedited I’d get the conveyancer to check/confirm online through their secure portal

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  85. Comment by David Oliver posted on

    Hello. Are you able to provide the status on updating of a lease (term extended, so " first registration" i believe?). Application SGL320794

    The application was made on 6th February and is still pending. It is now holding up a remortgage which is costing me money each month and is preventing a home purchase from completing.

    Thanks!
    David

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  86. Comment by J posted on

    Hi Adam. Thank you for your quick response. It’s Flat B (9, BS7 0DX) and the title number for the freehold is AV182044. I have asked the solicitor for the case number but no response as of yet. Are you able to identify the flat based on this? Thanks.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      J - many thanks. So all the applications are intertwined. We wrote to the solicitor raising a number of points and they seem to have replied over time. However we wrote again on 8th July as certain points remained so I’d suggest you speak to your conveyancer next to move things on and if they disagree get them to contact us through their normal secure channel.

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        Comment by J posted on

        Many thanks Adam. I will do as you suggest. I’ll no doubt be in touch again soon - you’ve been very helpful!

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        Comment by J posted on

        Hi Adam. Just wondering if you’ve received anything further from the solicitor RE title number AV182044? Thanks.

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          Comment by AdamH posted on

          J - no application as yet against that title

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            Comment by J posted on

            Hi Adam, thanks for this. Can you clarify what you mean by no application being received? Do you mean the application to register the lease has not been received or an application to expedite the process? Apologies - I am a first time buyer and not familiar with the process.

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            Comment by AdamH posted on

            J - no application to update the register. Expedition is a request to hurry a pending application.

  87. Comment by Dawn Earl posted on

    Hi Adam
    Can you help us? We are currently purchasing a house that shows incorrect boundaries on the Land Registry, even though the land in question was transferred to the current owner when they purchased it some 5 years ago. I wondered if I gave you the address if you could help me with its status.
    Many thanks
    Dawn

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Dawn - I can try but there’s not much we can reveal on a blog other than we have an application or not. Far better to ask the conveyancer involved to check and confirm title number/case reference and progress for you

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  88. Comment by Dawn Earl posted on

    Hi Adam
    Thank you for your prompt reply and explaining you cannot advise specifically on this blog. Can you advise present timescales, from expedition start to finish? We are in the middle of a chain and afraid it might collaspe with the uncertainty of when this will be remedied.
    Many thanks
    Dawn

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Dawn - expedition reduces the wait time. Once an application is expedited then it will invariably be considered within 10 working days. Currently that tends to be 2/3 days. Once considered it all depends on whether the registration requirements have been met. If they have then it’s completed at the same time. If not then more may be requested from the applicant and/or we may carry out wider checks.
      So there’s only one definitive timescale when something is expedited. It’s considered ASAP. How quickly it can be completed thereafter depends on a number of factors, not all of which are always within our control.

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  89. Comment by Dawn Earl posted on

  90. Comment by Dawn Earl posted on

    Hi Adam
    I have just found out that the issue of the property I spoke with you earlier about has not been expedited as they are not being accepted via email. Is this correct?
    Many thanks
    Dawn

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  91. Comment by Mark Davison posted on

    Good morning, we are in the process of buying a house but in the conveyancing process it transpires that part of the garden is unregsitered and isn't included in the title deeds for the house. The sellers have been in the property for 29 years and the physical boundaries have never changed since they bought it but this obviously wasn't picked up by their solicitor 29 years ago. Our Solicitor has informed us that the sellers need to apply for Adverse Possession before we can complete and that this would take a minimum of 65 days but could be even longer. This now risks putting our whole chain in jepoardy as we have two people in the chain behind us and our seller has one in front of them. How realistic is the 65 day turn around and can this be fast tracked considering that it is holding up the sale and will potentially collapse the chain which has already taken 5 months to get to this stage. Please advise.

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      Mark - if there’s an urgency then applications can be fast tracked, expedited. However that reduces the wait time. It doesn’t remove the registration requirements which have to be met and will invariably take time to complete. Those stages are generally consideration, referral to a lawyer to consider, a site visit/survey and wider checks with neighbouring/affected landowners. The last stage is I suspect the one linked to the 65 days you mention - the wider checks allow the recipients 65 days to reply. That timescale is a requirement and can only be shortened by them replying.
      So yes things can be accelerated but you are still looking at a lengthy processing time I’m afraid

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  92. Comment by Jack Meekin posted on

    Adam - Could you be so kind as to please give me an update RE First Registration applicaton for 37 Westfield Avenue, HD8 9AH. I believe the application was submitted via post on 06/06/20. We are waiting for the First Registration to be completed to allow us to complete the transaction. I believe the vendor/vendor's solicitor has applied for he application to be expidited. Can you confirm this and tell me wether it has been approved please. Our buyer is ready to exchange contracts and this is holding up the transaction, they would like to complete on the 21st August ideally, however this is dependant on the pending first registration on our new property.
    Any update greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks,
    Jack

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  93. Comment by J posted on

    Hi Adam. Are you able to give me an update on the application for Flat B, 9 BS7 0DX (AV182044) please? I understand it's tied in with an application for Flat A. Solicitor tells me they have replied to requisitions raised through the portal but they have not been picked up by a case handler yet. Can you confirm the information required has been received please? Thanks!

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      Comment by AdamH posted on

      J - it’s clearly a complex application but I can see that the solicitor has provided more details today so assume they are aware and able to update you re progress. We can’t do that very well via a blog I’m afraid.

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