From January 2016, Land Registry are changing the way they deal with disputed applications. Having previously allowed an unspecified amount of time for the parties to resolve disputes, they will now allow six months for a disputed application to be resolved before it is referred to the Land Registration division of the Property Chamber, First-tier Tribunal (the Tribunal).

Land Registry say that the changes are being made to avoid long running, unresolved disputes. The period of time to resolve a dispute prior to the disputed application being referred to the Tribunal will now be limited to six months. Land Registry lawyers will be able to exercise a discretion to extend this period in ‘exceptional, unavoidable circumstances when cogent reasons have been given for the need for additional time’.