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Land Registry updates its approach to First Registration applications

From 28 November 2016, it will be possible to lodge first registration applications without sending original deeds and documents to the Land Registry.

On 28 November 2016 the Land Registry will publish a Registrar’s Direction, which will enable solicitors to lodge certified copy deeds and documents instead of originals. There will be certain conditions which will be set out in the Direction.
The Land Registry will update Practice Guide 1: first registrations to reflect this change and set out the details in the Registrars Direction on 28 November.
It is important to note that the Land Registry are not changing the policy that applies when the supporting deeds and documents for first registrations have been lost or destroyed. Under these circumstances, one must still follow Practice Guide 2 – First registrations of title if deeds are lost or destroyed.