Practice Guide 41 – Developing estates – registration services
Supplement 6 – Voluntary application to note overriding interests
Updated: August 2010
This edition of the guide replaces the March 2003 edition. Only minor grammatical and cosmetic amendments have been made to the guide.
Scope of this guide
This supplement is aimed at developers and their legal advisers and explains how voluntary applications can be made to note overriding interests on the registers of developing estates.
Anyone applying to register a registrable disposition of a registered estate has a duty under s.71, Land Registration Act 2002 and r.57, Land Registration Rules 2003 to disclose certain overriding interests on applications to register a registrable disposition of a registered estate. This means that each time application is made to register a transfer, lease, charge or grant of an easement the applicant must disclose these interests. See Practice Guide 15 – Overriding interests and their disclosure for more information.
If these interests affect more than one plot and are noted on your register before development commences there are advantages to all parties.
2 Advantages of voluntary application
Once an interest has been noted on the register you will not need to reveal it as an overriding interest and provide documentation to each purchaser.
You will have less correspondence to deal with from us. This is because each time we intend to enter notice of overriding interest disclosed on an application to register a transfer, lease etc on your register we have to send you a notice.
Most interests will already be on the register before they commit to a purchase. There will be fewer unregistered interests that override registrable dispositions to satisfy themselves about and disclose on their application for registration.
For Land Registry.
We will only need to consider interests once, rather than on each application.
3 How to apply
Apply using form AN1, enclosing any supporting documentation. If you wish you may attach form DI to the AN1 to assist you in setting out the relevant details. You need to lodge only one AN1 application regardless of the number of overriding interests you are applying to note. If there is a restriction against noting or a caution against dealings on your register you should contact the Land Registry office that will deal with the application before lodging it for further advice. Your application should accompany application for estate plan approval or approval of draft transfer or lease.
4 What Land Registry will do
Provided we are satisfied with the evidence lodged we will usually enter notice on the register. These interests will then be apparent to purchasers and lessees when they receive official copies of the developer’s register.
5 Enquiries and comments
If you have a particular problem which is not covered by this supplement, please contact the relevant Land Registry office in advance of your application. If the matter is particularly complex, it may be better if you make your enquiry in writing.
Practice Guide 51 – Areas served by Land Registry offices is available free of charge from Customer Support (see Contact details) and gives a full list of areas served by each office. You can also find this information our website www.landregistry.gov.uk
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Land Registry advisory policy
We offer advice to our customers through our publications and Customer Support information and through the day-to-day handling of applications.
We provide factual information including official copies of registers, title plans and documents, searches and details of our forms and fees.
We provide procedural advice to explain how the land registration system works and how to make applications correctly. This includes:
- advice in advance of an application, where this is requested
- where an application is defective, advice as to the nature of the problem and what options, if any, are available to put it right
- an approval service for estate layout plans and certain other land registration documents.
There are limits to the advice that we will provide. We will not provide legal advice.
This means that:
- we will not approve the evidence to be produced in support of a registration application before we receive the application
- apart from procedural advice, we will not advise on what action to take
- we will not recommend a professional adviser but can explain how to find one.
We provide advice only about real cases, not about theoretical circumstances. We will not express a view on questions where the law is complex or unclear except where the question arises on a live registration application.
In providing this factual information and procedural advice we will:
- be impartial
- recognise that others may be affected by what we say
- avoid any conflict of interest.
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