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Land Registry requires written evidence before extension granted

Thursday 22 April 2021

From 17 May 2021, conveyancers and solicitors will need to provide written evidence to show they have taken steps to resolve a request for information before the Land Registry will grant an extension.

A further change in the process comes after the window for replying to requests for information was extended in January 2021 to 40 days in which to reply before an application is cancelled. The longer period has resulted in a reduction in requests for extensions and cancellations, allowing the focus to be on processing new applications.

The Land Registry raises a requisition when information is missing, incomplete, or wrongly drawn, and the further improvements will see applications progressed quicker. Nearly 20 per cent of applications require requisitions and can be as high as 50 per cent in some cases.

Providing written evidence

Anyone applying for an extension will need to provide written evidence, including:

  • a summary of dates on which they have actively pursued any outstanding matters
  • documentation which shows if a delay is with a third party

Responding

The Land Registry no longer accepts requests by telephone, with portal users encouraged to use the Reply to Requisition rather than Application Enquiry.

An email address should also be supplied when lodging a request to receive reminders for any requests for information, which, in most cases, are usually sent after 40 days.