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1950s Looking Back At Laws During The Coronation : Residential Conveyancing

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Residential Conveyancing

In 1952 it was not compulsory to register your property upon a purchase, meaning a lot of land and property remained unregistered during this period.

The law to make registration compulsory upon a disposition only came into force in 1990 for the whole of the UK, although enforcement started in Eastbourne in 1925. In England and Wales over 86% of freehold land is now registered with the Land Registry.

This meant that all conveyancing transactions, including mortgages, during the pre-registration period would be hand written on original title deeds. Original deeds would come in all different shapes and sizes, making the disposition of unregistered land a rather more complex legal transaction.

How does this affect you in 2022?

If your property remains unregistered, check out below some examples of transactions that could trigger first registration:-

  • Transfers of land for consideration (sale or purchase)
  • Transfers of land by gift
  • Assents
  • An order of the court

There are various other events that can trigger registration, which can be found on the government website, you can also instruct us to carry out a voluntary registration, should you wish to tidy up those title deeds.

For any Residential Conveyancing queries call 0800 088 6004. You can get a quick online estimate of our conveyancing fees here

Photo: HM Land Registry


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Charlotte Toms


Charlotte Toms


Charlotte is a Solicitor in the Private Client team at our Kettering office.