Due to our firm’s annual update, our offices will be closing early today at 4:15pm. We will be open as usual from 9am Friday morning.

Get in Touch Menu

Significant benefits to be had when voluntarily registering your land

08 August 2014

We have been encouraging our clients for some time to make voluntary applications for the first registration of their property.

The Land Registry has announced that approximately 20% of all land in England and Wales remains unregistered, which amounts to just over 3 million hectares. We are working on an initiative to get this land registered as soon as possible.

Why should I register my property?

Registering your title to your property can bring significant benefits, many of which are set outbelow:

  • Registered land is far easier to deal with, meaning that any future transactions will generally be cheaper and dealt with more efficiently.
  • Registration creates a clear record of ownership, with an identifiable title plan, evidencing any matters that affect the property and making it readily marketable.
  • Registered titles are protected under a government guarantee.
  • Boundary disputes are less frequent, less costly to deal with and are more easily defeated once the title is registered.
  • Adverse possession (commonly known as squatting) claims are much easier to defeat.
  • Registered land can be valued more quickly and inexpensively.

What benefits can we provide?

Nowadays, in almost all situations where there is a change in ownership of property (including on inheritance or when trustees are changed) or the creation of a mortgage over it, registration is compulsory.

Willans has negotiated a service level agreement with the Land Registry’s Gloucester office which reduces the costs involved and the time taken for those people who wish voluntarily to register their land before compulsory registration is triggered.

The benefits of voluntary first registration and this agreement include:

  • The Land Registry fee is 30% lower than for compulsory first registration.
  • All applications will be dealt with by a dedicated team at Gloucester, with whom we have an excellent relationship, and who will liaise with us constantly throughout the registration process.
  • Your best estimate of the value of your property will be acceptable – you do not need to have it professionally valued (thereby reducing your costs).
  • You do not need to have your property accurately mapped, as the Land Registry will provide a plan to be discussed and agreed with us before completion of the registration (which will further reduce your costs).
  • We no longer need to provide copies of all documents evidencing your title to the Land Registry, thereby reducing the amount of time we need to spend preparing the application (and further reducing your costs).
  • The Land Registry team at Gloucester will aim to complete the registration within 4 weeks.

If you would like to know more about our service or the benefits of first registration, please contact the agriculture team.

Contact us
Disclaimer: All legal information is correct at the time of publication but please be aware that laws may change over time. This article contains general legal information but should not be relied upon as legal advice. Please seek professional legal advice about your specific situation - contact us; we’d be delighted to help.
Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA
View profile
Adam Hale
Related services
Share this article
Resources to help

Related articles

Legal agreements for biodiversity net gain

Agriculture & rural affairs

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is now mandatory for all new property developments in England. Our agriculture & estates team details the changes below. Since 2 April 2024, grant of planning…

Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA

Buying, selling and letting farmland during the agricultural transition

Agriculture & rural affairs

English agriculture is in the middle of a major transition, with some of the biggest changes to farming practices and farm payments seen in over half a century. Our experts…

Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA

The advantages & traps of option agreements

Agriculture & rural affairs

An option agreement can be utilised when a developer is considering purchasing land for development. It grants them the ‘option’ to purchase land for an agreed-upon price (or price mechanism)…

Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA
Contact us