Land Registry Plans are a mandatory requirement for Leases over a given length..
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What Does a Plan require to be classed as HM Land Registry Compliant?
Back in 2002 the law was passed to ensure the continuity of ALL plans being submitted to HM Land Registry, The guidelines imposed in this law set out a simple format to follow in order to ensure the plans are clear and consistent for all parties involved.
A PLAN IS DEEMED AS COMPLIANT WHEN IT MEETS THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
This plan must be accurate and to scale.
Land Registry ask for certain Scales on multiple drawings, depending on location of building or land, as you can imagine the scales for Urban properties are different to those of rural location.
The Plan MUST clearly show a point for orientation.
Clearly show all buildings correctly placed and orientated withing the demise of the property as well as in relation to surrounding properties.
The floor levels should be clearly outlined if they are not aligned(where required) Such as in cases of Flying freehold over another property or where the property sits in a larger dwelling, I.E a Flat in a Block.
Pull out any intricate boundaries on a larger scale or inset plan
The Map used for the presentation of the plan MUST Have sufficient detail to be identifiable and be consistent wit Ordnance Survey regulations.
Be clearly identifiable with regards to location (i.e. it must show roads, road junctions or other landmarks around the land)
Clearly define the border of the demise and Include any land associated with the property, such as the garage, garden, as well as show any access, rights of way or common areas/shared access areas over the property.
Clearly indicate the separate parts of the property, such as the house, parking, dustbin space clearly denoting the areas that are the sole responsibility of the tenant and which are shared with others where applicable.
Show a Scale on the plan and where possible/appropriate show at lease one measurement for reference.
Clearly indicate the size of the plot/demise in an appropriate scale for the size.
I.E: Sq/ft - Sq/M or Hectare's/Acres.
In addition, specific presentation criteria is taken into account, including edging of a sufficient thickness to not obscure any other detail on the plan and measurements in metric units to two decimal places only.
Occasions When You Need a Lease Plan
The lease plan is essentially a drawing that identifies a leasehold demise within a property – or in other words, a scaled metric drawing depicting exactly what area of land is included in the lease.
There are a number of reasons why you might need to obtain a lease plan, but the most prevalent are:
A lease of seven years or more is being granted
Land forming part of a registered title or that has been previously unregistered is being sold
A section of land being split into two or more parts and sold
Why Do I Need Another Lease Plan if I Already Have One?
There is a good chance that older lease plans will not comply to the new Land Registry regulations – Land Registration Act 2007. If you have a building older than 2007 you may need a new up to date lease plan.
What Happens If I Don’t Have a Compliant plan?
The reason these plans are taken so seriously is that it can save a great amount of time and money. Lease plans cost around £199.00 for the smallest properties, with prices increasing as the size of property to be examined increases. Depending on access, this can take several days to undertake.
However, if your property requires a lease plan, it’s worth getting it right the first time. If the plan you provide to the Land Registry is not compliant with their regulations, the likelihood is that your application will be rejected. Should this happen, you will need to resubmit your application with a replacement plan
Why can’t I use estate agents marketing plans?
Estate agents plans are used for marketing purposes only, they are not generally drawn to scale nor very accurate, and do not have the features that will enable them to be Land Registry compliant.