Any new lease that will last seven years or more must be registered with the Land Registry. You’ll usually have to supply a lease plan as part of the registration and this plan must adhere to a set of guidelines in order to be accepted.
If you need Land Registry-compliant lease plans, our team of experienced professionals are here to help.
Land Registry lease plans UK – what is a lease plan?
A lease plan is an accurate drawing of the buildings and land referred to in a lease document. It is a clear, simple way of showing exactly what is included in the lease.
They are required when registering a lease with the Land Registry and must have detailed floor plans and a location plan that shows any areas that are shared in common with others and rights of way that have been granted.
How is it made Land Registry compliant?
Lease plans are very important documents and it’s essential that they are clear. Any scope for misinterpretation or debate may lead to legal problems down the line regarding your lease.
To help with the process, guidelines on drawing Land Registry-compliant plans are published and it is a legal requirement that these guidelines are followed. Plans may be rejected if they do not meet certain criteria including that they must:
- Be drawn to scale and include a metric bar scale
- Match the OS map and be identifiable on an OS map
- If borders/boundaries are complicated, this must be shown in greater detail in separate plans and a larger scale may be used
- If the lease is for part of a larger property e.g. a flat in a block, the location of the property in relation to the external footprint must be detailed
- Separate plans may be used to show the extent of the leased property on each separate floor (if the property is over multiple floors)
- It must match the verbal description which is part of the deed
Do I need a lease plan?
If the property has a long lease and there are to be no changes to the boundaries, ask your solicitor if lease plans already exist. If they do, you won’t need to get them yourself.
You will need to get a lease plan if:
- The land was previously unregistered
- The property is being split and one or more parts is being sold
- A lease of at least seven years is being granted for the first time
Does a lease plan need to be signed?
Once you have obtained a lease plan, it must be signed by the seller/landlord and the buyer/tenant to confirm they agree with all the details. This is a useful, essential step as it helps avoid any future doubt.
How to get Land Registry plans
Trinity Rose’s in-house architectural team creates professional Land Registry-compliant lease plans for residential and commercial property landlords, freeholders and businesses and we work closely with them throughout the process. We also work with solicitors on complex cases, such as lease plans involving multiple titles and with the buyers’ seller if required.
We’re licenced by the Ordnance Survey to produce lease plans and conveyance plans that are required for lease documents, land transfers and land registration purposes and they typically begin with a measured survey to ensure the finished floor plans are completely accurate. Measured surveys are carried out by our surveyors who all have considerable experience in building and site surveying/measurement.
Following a measured survey, we draft the lease plans for consultation and, when approved, the final copy is passed to a solicitor to complete the Land Registry process.
Get in touch
If you’ve got any questions or would like to arrange for Land Registry compliant plans, please get in touch. Our helpful, approachable team will be happy to help.