From 7 September, Land Registry has changed the documents it requires when a customer applies to register a first registration.

If the application is based on a statutory declaration or statement of truth, you will no longer need to send Land Registry any original documents if title documents are unavailable, or if title is claimed by reason of adverse possession of unregistered land.

Certified copies of the documents will now be accepted instead of the originals. Whether originals or certified copies of documents are lodged, all documents and deeds will be destroyed after being scanned at the Land Registry post room.

This will not apply where the applicant is not in control of some or all of the deeds and documents. In this instance, the original deeds and documents must accompany the application, along with a statutory declaration or statement of truth relating to the missing deeds and documents.