Unregistered land conveyancing — enjoy it while it’s still with us

Recently, a residential development client acquired some unregistered land near Carlisle. While the land itself did not otherwise have any particular quirks, that the freehold land was unregistered was perhaps a quirk in itself given it is relatively rare these days to encounter unregistered land.

The most recent Land Registry statistics indicate that 98 per cent of the circa 23 million and counting freehold land interests in England and Wales are now registered, albeit this equates to something less than 98 per cent of freehold land by area as many of the unregistered interests are large estates and/or farm holdings (that have escaped registration due to being within the same farming family for several generations)…

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