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    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 2nd Mar 17, 10:14 AM
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    Land Registry Delays?
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 10:14 AM
    Land Registry Delays? 2nd Mar 17 at 10:14 AM
    We did a deal with our neighbour, whereby we took over around three square metres of their land and gave up a right of way in exchange. The paperwork was all completed over three months ago and submitted to the LR.

    It's still waiting for attention at the LR. Is that delay normal? It's not time critical, but I would like to get it tidied up if possible.

    The work was all done by a reputable firm of solicitors, so I have every confidence that they have done the job correctly.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
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    • lovinituk
    • By lovinituk 2nd Mar 17, 10:18 AM
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    We purchased a property last year that needed to registered for the first time at the LR and it took 5 months. Our solicitor told us there was a big back log at the LR.
    • neilio
    • By neilio 2nd Mar 17, 10:25 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 10:25 AM
    My recent house purchase appeared on Land Registry after about 4 months. Some of my neighbours who moved in (new development) after me had theirs appear in less than 2 months. Recently I was being nosey and wanted to find out how much a friend had paid for their house a few years ago and theirs doesn't appear on Land Registry at all!
    • G_M
    • By G_M 2nd Mar 17, 11:16 AM
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    There are considerable delays, esp for non time-critical work.

    But what does your solicitor say?
    What does the LR say?
    • gembert83
    • By gembert83 2nd Mar 17, 11:50 AM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 11:50 AM
    The LR are very behind at the moment, I have recently had an application to merge titles rejected as they state they are too busy to deal with it and we cannot show it needs to be done (it doesn't however the client had asked for it).
    We have first registrations and transfers of part of 5 months plus still waiting registration - I can assure you that it is normal (although it is unacceptable). The LR cut back on many staff a few years ago and are now paying the price.
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 2nd Mar 17, 11:52 AM
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    Solicitor says she chased them. That's the last I heard.

    It doesn't really matter that much, so if the LR has a backlog I can understand that this will just have to wait its turn.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 2nd Mar 17, 11:55 AM
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    I did my own conveyances on a few transactions, up to around 15 years ago, and I found the LR extremely efficient and quick. I hadn't realised that has changed so much.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • westv
    • By westv 2nd Mar 17, 1:26 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 1:26 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 1:26 PM
    As already mentioned, there's a backlog at the LR.
    I understand that staff are currently being offered overtime for evenings and Saturday/Sunday all day.
    The result of office closures when the market was a lot quieter??
    Last edited by westv; 02-03-2017 at 1:28 PM.
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 2nd Mar 17, 2:46 PM
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    • 2nd Mar 17, 2:46 PM
    We recently applied for an anti-fraud restriction, and that's gone through very quickly. I guess that's the sort of work you can give to the new recruit to do with minimal supervision.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • jonharris200
    • By jonharris200 3rd Oct 17, 12:28 PM
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    Completed leasehold purchase of flat in Feb 2017, it's now nearly eight months later and there is nothing showing on the Land Registry website. My solicitor confirms the above: they are understaffed and lots of delays. In fact initially solicitor informed me that my purchase was lost off LR's system and had to be re-logged. This is pretty unhelpful and a little unsettling when you have just made such a large purchase.
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