New Land Registry rules mean conveyancers and solicitors must have written evidence to show they have tried to resolve a request for information before an extension is granted.
The rules come into effect on May 17.
In January the Registry extended the window for replying to requests for information to 40 days - a move which has already slashed the number of requests for extensions.
The Land Registry raises a requisition for more details from conveyancers when information is missing, incomplete, or wrongly drawn, and the latest change will - according to the Registry itself - see applications progressed quicker.
Nearly 20 per cent of applications require requisitions and can be as high as 50 per cent in some cases.
Anyone applying for an extension will need to provide written evidence, including:
- a summary of dates on which they have actively pursued any outstanding matters;
- documentation which shows if a delay is with a third party.