Land Registry Compliant Lease Plans

Tuesday, 19th July 2016 | by: Peter Barry

All new leases with terms of 7 or more years or assigned leases with at least 7 years remaining must be registered with Land Registry and to do that a lease plan is required.

A Lease Plan is an appropriately scaled metric drawing depicting the land or part of a building over which the lessee has exclusive or shared access.

For a Lease Plan to be compliant with the requirements of the Land Registry it must include the following:

  • Detailed floor plans at an appropriate scale as stated on the drawing
  • A location plan at a scale of 1:1250 for urban properties and 1:2500 for rural properties
  • The drawing’s orientation (for example, a north point)
  • A coloured edging indicating the demise of the subject property (usually a red line) and any associated external areas/common parts.
  • Any edging used to identify boundaries on the plan should not obscure any other detail

Why good quality plans are important:

  • Give a clear understanding of what is being purchased
  • Provide a sound basis should problems arise at a future date
  • Ensure applications lodged with Land Registry will be processed more efficiently and effectively
  • Leads to Land Registry rejecting fewer applications

Some of the situations where a Land Registry compliant Lease plan will be required are:

  • The first time that a leasehold property is registered.
  • When a leasehold property is sold and there are 7 or more years remaining on the term.
  • When a lease has been extended (technically a new lease with a longer term is granted and must be registered).
  • If the demise of the property changes, for instance if an upper floor flat were extended in to the roof space.
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