HM Land Registry is extending the time its customers have to respond to requests for information to up to 40 days - and then there will be an additional 20 days after a reminder is sent out.
Requisitions are when formal requests are sent by the Registry to its customers for additional information about a property. This could, for example, be to an estate agent or a conveyancer over property names which may have been submitted wrongly, or querying boundaries of property plans.
HM Land Registry says almost 20 per cent of its registration applications require a requisition.
Now - from this week - customers will have 40 days to reply to a requisition letter (C90) after which they will receive a reminder of cancellation (C90a) allowing a further 20 days in which to reply. If no reply is received at all, the application may be cancelled.
“Giving customers more time to reply to resolve requisition points will reserve the priority of the original application for longer and reduce the administrative burden on all of us from requests being made for more time and the cancellations of applications” says a statement from the Registry.
In spring this year the Registry’s Digital Registration Service (DRS) is being introduced, which it says will reduce the number of requisitions sent due to simple mistakes such as name discrepancy or fee errors.