Requesting Deeds

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The Woolwich are currently holders of the deeds to my parents house.

I would like to request the deeds for them in formal writing but I have no idea how to write it. Does anybody know of a template or website to use as a basis for my parents request?

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  • BossybootsBossyboots Forumite
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    Set out in letter format as below.


    Dear Sirs

    Re: (Property address)

    We hereby request you to release to us the deeds to the above property.

    We enclose the fee requested for this of .........

    Signed ............................. ..............................
    Mum Dad


    If they are holding them as a condition of the mortgage, then they may not release them although most mortgagees are not taking the actual deeds as security these days.

    There will be a fee payable for release and it is essential that both your parents sign the letter. I would suggest that you telephone first and find out the deeds release fee so it can be enclosed with the letter.
  • Tom_JonesTom_Jones Forumite
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    Sorry bluelou but the Woolwich are a nightmare for getting deeds, it took me well over 3 months to get mine and I had to make numerous phonecalls and send letters to get them that quick.

    My advice is to ring them first, organise payment of the release fee (mine was £295) they will not accept cheques btw it has to be done via a bank transfer, and then keep pestering them daily if your in a hurry for them.
  • Blue_LouBlue_Lou Forumite
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    Stepdads solicitor tried last year and I think he just lost interest as they never responded to him.
  • Blue_LouBlue_Lou Forumite
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    I recently emailed a request to [email protected] and three days later the deeds appeared in the post (had to be signed for).
  • Debt_Free_ChickDebt_Free_Chick Forumite
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    If the property has been registered at the Land Registry, you can get them instantly online for £2
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  • I've just looked at that site but it looks like £2 to register on the site, for various services, not £2 to download the deeds? It is to download a title register for a specific property. It shows you a sample. This doesn't sound the same thing as the deeds. I'm confused.
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  • Debt_Free_ChickDebt_Free_Chick Forumite
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    I've just looked at that site but it looks like £2 to register on the site, for various services, not £2 to download the deeds? It is to download a title register for a specific property. It shows you a sample. This doesn't sound the same thing as the deeds. I'm confused.

    I don't think you need to register at all. You can simply type in a postcode and the house number/name and then click on search from the home page.

    This will then return the documents held at the Land Registry and the price of getting each document (usually £2 each). You then tick on the ones you want .... pay online ... and you're provided with pdf files for the documents you selected.

    The Title register is, effectively, the deeds. It may not be a word-for-word copy of everything that's in the deeds, but it contains the most critical parts e.g. details of boundaries (but only if these are stated in the deeds), covenants, easments etc.

    The other common document is the title plan, which marks out the area of the land, in relation to the neighbourhood.

    The information held at the Land Registry is extracted by them when the deeds are first submitted for inclusion in the Register.

    Within the next few years, all property deeds will be transferred to the Land Registry and paper deeds will be obsolete, save for their historical interest.

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  • susanksusank Forumite
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    This is only england though - is scotland similar?
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  • Debt_Free_ChickDebt_Free_Chick Forumite
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    The website for the Registers of Scotland is here
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  • regularsaver1regularsaver1 Forumite
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    yes all registered electronically with land registry - but those paper deeds of your house and the people that lives there is quite good to read (& how little the cost of the house was all those years ago)
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