Leases, Easements & Land Regsitry – What Our Tenants Should Know

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As a Tenant, what do I need to know about Land Registry?

The Land Registration Act 2002 came into force on 13th October 2003. As a result, there are several important changes that tenants should note about dealing with leases and easements.

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Leases

Any leases more than seven years in length will now have to registered at the Land Registry. This means an additional fee and additional work for a tenant’s solicitor once the lease has been completed.

Note that all Leases of more than three years, up to and including seven years, must now be notified against the registered title.

For more detailed information on this subject, please visit Land Registry’s webpage by clicking here.

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Easements

In leases of less than seven years, all easements (such as rights of way), must be registered at the Land Registry. Failure to register any easements means that they may not be legally recognised and could result in the tenant losing their right to them.

Landnet have prepared a helpful step-by-step guide to registering easements in short terms leases here.

For more detailed information on this subject, please visit Land Registry’s webpage by clicking here.

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PLEASE NOTE – we recommend that all tenants (both current and prospective) take advise from their solicitor/surveyor about how these (or any other) points relating to the Land Registration Act 2002 may affect them. We, as Landlords, cannot be held responsible for anyone failing to comply with the Land Registration Act 2002.