Date of Current Registration at the Land Registry


Overview

The date of registration of the current ownership is required for a number of reasons, i.e. to confirm on what date the current owner became the legal owner, to know from what date to search backwards from when requiring a Prior Copy of the Title Register, to know at what date the property was valued at the purchase price shown in the Register, and to defeat spurious claims by third parties.


Date of Ownership

The date you were registered as the legal owner of the property is usually the first date in brackets in Section B of the Title Register. In an earlier article I mentioned the importance of knowing the date of First Registration of a property. That date is contained in the A Section of the Register. Where the current owner purchased an unregistered property his solicitor will have applied for First Registration on his behalf. In such circumstances the dates in Sections A and B will match.

Example of Date of Owner’s Registration:

B: Proprietorship Register

This register specifies the class of title and identifies the owner. It contains any entries that affect the right of disposal.

Title Absolute

1 (03.10.1983)   PROPRIETOR: Jonathan Harker and Elizabeth Harker of 45 Yate Hill Road, Halesowen, W Midlands.

In the example above the owners were registered as the legal owners on 3rd October 1983. The actual Title Register, however, shows that the property was first registered in 1976, and accordingly the registration was not a First Registration but a Registered Dealing.


Prior Ownerships

Where a person wishes to review the chain of ownership of a property he can search back to 1993 or the date of first registration, whichever is the later. Prior Copies of the Title Register can be obtained back to 1993, but only provided the property was registered at this date. A purchaser of a Prior Copies Search would need to begin the search on a date just earlier than when the current ownership began, which in this case is 1983 (the first date in brackets in Section B). He could search backwards to 1993. Even though the above Title was first registered in 1976 Prior Copies are only available back to 1993.


Property Value

The purchase price of the property is also shown in Section B of the Title Register. The date stated relating to the purchase price is the exact date of completion of the purchase, i.e. the date of the Transfer giving legal effect to the purchase. Registration will usually take a month or more to be completed and so will differ from the date of the Transfer.

The purchase price is usually the same as the market value of the property at the date of purchase. The price is very useful for surveyors and valuers as a guidepost when valuing other properties for that period.


Defeating Spurious Claims of Ownership or Mortgages

Third parties may sometimes try to show that they own or have an interest, or think they own or have an interest, in a property that is not theirs. The date of your Registration is conclusive evidence of your ownership from this date and will defeat any such claims.

The period between completing the purchase and an application to Register is protected by an Official Search made by your solicitors prior to completion. Once an application for registration is received at the Land Registry it will then be completed in the order in which outstanding applications in their Day List are received, again protecting you during the period in which you are awaiting registration.

Any entries existing prior to completion will appear in your solicitors’ Official Search and your solicitors would then refuse to complete until the entry was removed.

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