Previous LR Information

1. In your system, before granting a deed for sale or mortgage, is it compulsory, necessary or convenient to get information from the Land Registry?

It is necessary and normal practice for a solicitor acting for a purchaser or lender to inspect the register in order to ascertain that the vendor or borrower is in fact the registered owner and therefore entitled to transfer/charge the property accordingly. Inspection of the register will inform the purchaser/lender of any registered burdens already on the title that may need to be dealt with prior to the transfer or mortgage.

2. What type of information is requested?

Normally, a certified copy of the folio and map is required.

3. Who usually (or legally) deals with requesting this LR information? Public notaries? Solicitors? Interested parties themselves? Banks?

Generally, a solicitor requests this information. This information is easily accessed online at on the payment of the appropriate fee. On a residential transaction involving both a purchase and a mortgage, a solicitor can act for both the purchaser and the lender and certify the title to the lender. For commercial transactions a solicitor acting for the lender or in house solicitor will request the information.

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