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Selling my Flat - problem with Freehold Title deeds

Can anyone please shed light on issues raised by buyers' solicitors. They say they need up to date copies of the Freehold title deeds. The copies they have been supplied are backdated which (they say) implies there is a pending application of some sort with the Land Registry effecting the Freehold Title. Does anyone know what this means and whether it likely to be a major issue in the sale?  I didn't think title deeds could be 'backdated'. Normally, copy title deeds for the freehold (to prove title) are obtained from the Land Registry at the outset of the conveyancing process. The Land Registry always supply the most up to date copy they hold.  I am so worried that the Freehold title is somehow flawed which might make the flat unsaleable. The Freeholder is a social landlord - the Council. The timing of this new issue is also weird. I understand that a report on title has already been sent to the buyers (by their sol) and a draft contract has been signed. Many thanks in advance. 


  • user1977
    user1977 Forumite Posts: 11,796
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    Don't you have your own solicitor? What's their advice?

  • peb
    peb Forumite Posts: 1,613
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    Not unusual.  Talk to your solicitor.  Simply that a social landlord will be selling another property 
  • VeryStressedOutSeller
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    Thanks both. Like typical conveyancers my own sols are deeply reluctant to explain anything or tell me what is happening. I found out about this from the agents. Peb I think you are right - I looked at the summary of the freehold title on the LR website- the freehold titles are not ‘split up’ by block. ‘My’ freehold title covers several blocks and areas of land around the estate. I expect it has several pending applications at any one time for various easements/ rights of way / other sales / transfers so may always be subject to some pending change. I am hoping someone explains this to the buyers sol otherwise the sale will fail 😞 
  • chalky_white_2
    chalky_white_2 Forumite Posts: 52
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    You can, and should receive, and explanation if requested. That being said, there is no particular issue for backdated entries of superior titles due to pending applications, it is normal on large freehold titles. It may be the Buyer was informed of a backdated title, the agent has passed this to you, when the solicitors have no concerns at all?
  • Mstty
    Mstty Forumite Posts: 4,209
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    You should post your query here

    There is a representative from the land registry that can help you on that thread.
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