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How to transfer ownership of a property
We look at common reasons why you might want to transfer ownership of a property, how the process works and the legal and tax implications involved.
Reasons to transfer ownership of a property
There are a number of reasons why you might want to transfer the ownership of a property into someone else’s name:
- If you marry or are unmarried but cohabiting, and want to transfer half your property to your spouse or partner.
- Divorce (as part of the financial settlement).
- Living in a house-share of fellow owners (tenants in common) and you need to replace someone.
- Maybe you want to gift a property to your children to reduce inheritance tax.
These are just a few of the scenarios, in addition to simply leaving a property in your will.
Whether you’re on the giving or receiving end of a transfer of ownership of property, it’s important to know how the process works and all the legal and tax implications. So you don’t end up with any nasty surprises.
Get further advice from an Independent Financial Adviser on the financial implications of a transfer of ownership
Transfer of ownership into joint names
If you already own a home and then marry, you might then want to divide ownership between you. The simplest way to do this is as a gift, since no money changes hands and there are no taxes to pay. Your spouse/civil partner is simply added to the title deeds as a joint tenant so you own the property jointly between you.
Alternatively, you can do a ‘transfer of equity’ in which your partner buys a share (typically 50%) of the property’s value. Note that the partner might have to pay stamp duty if the value of their share (equity plus mortgage taken on) is over £125,000.
You’ll also need to get a solicitor to handle the transfer of equity process. Find a lawyer to undertake your transfer of equity .
Getting divorced – transfer of property ownership
A transfer of equity may be required when sharing out the financial assets of the marriage following a divorce. So even if you own the whole property and your spouse isn’t on the title deeds, the financial settlement might still conclude that the property needs to be shared between you. There won’t be any stamp duty to pay on this kind of transfer, but there might be Capital Gains Tax (depending on a number of circumstances). See what happens to my home when I get a divorce .
Replacing or buying out a tenant in common
Couples who own a home together generally do so as joint tenants . But groups of up to four people can own a property as tenants in common, where they each hold their own (sometimes unequal) share. This leaves them free to sell their share and move out, if they wish. A tenant-in-common could either sell to another (new) tenant, or the remaining tenants could buy them out and increase their own share(s). A Deed of Trust will normally set out this agreement at the time of purchasing the property as tenants in common.
This transfer of equity is handled much like a standard property sale, and usually needs a lawyer to do the transfer of equity . Find a lawyer to undertake your transfer of equity now.
Gifting property to children
Some parents in their later years take steps to reduce their inheritance tax bill (IHT) by gifting some of their assets to their children. This can work, provided the person making the gift doesn’t die within seven years of making the gift. Otherwise, there may still be some IHT to pay, on a sliding scale depending on how many years they live after making the gift.
This can be done with property too, but there are risks and caveats, particularly if the property is that person’s home. If that person wants to carry on living there, they must pay rent at the market rate. If they live rent-free, the property won’t be exempt from IHT. Similarly, if a parent gives away their home and then has a major quarrel with their family, they might even find themselves evicted. Another risk is if the new owner gets divorced and the property has to be sold as part of a divorce settlement. So think very carefully before giving someone else your home – no matter who they are.
An Independent Financial Adviser can be helpful when carrying out a transfer of ownership. Our partners at Unbiased can connect you with local advisers.
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Property inheritance transfer of ownership
The issues surrounding inheritance tax on property mostly affect the beneficiary, so we’ll look at it that way round. If you inherit a property, it’ll be transferred to you during the probate process. You can then register your ownership at the Land Registry . That’s simple enough, but issues can arise for a number of reasons.
Is the mortgage paid off?
If the mortgage isn’t fully repaid, this is now your problem. Depending on the state of your finances, you might have to come up with a solution quickly, such as renting the property out or simply selling it. Fortunately, the probate process is glacially slow, so you should have months to see this coming.
Is there inheritance tax to pay?
Beware of any inheritance tax (IHT) bill. Every individual can leave up to £325,000 inheritance tax free, with an added allowance of £175,000 for their main residence. This means a couple using all their IHT allowances could leave a family home worth up to £1m tax free. On the other hand, if one person is bequeathing a second property (i.e. not their main home), then IHT will need paying on any of its value over £325,000.
Do you already own a property?
If you don’t yet own a property, then great – you do now. But if you’re already a homeowner, your inherited home is now a second property. This means that if you sell it, and if it’s risen in value since its probate valuation, then capital gains tax (CGT) is payable on that increase. But any increase under £12,300 won’t be taxed as this will be covered by your CGT allowance. And if you divide ownership jointly between yourself and a partner, you can use both your CGT allowances to cover £24,600 worth of extra value.
Are you inheriting the property with anyone else?
Are you the sole inheritor or are siblings / other relatives getting a share? And are your shares equal? Who is legally able to make decisions about the property? The more co-owners, the more complicated the arrangement can become. It’s not always a simple case of bigger share = more influence (for instance, if part of the property is held in trust for someone). This is an area for legal advice, as property law can be a labyrinth of complexities.
Does anyone else still live in the property?
Your inherited property might have a co-owner still living there. It might even be someone who doesn’t own any share themselves, but has a legal right to stay there indefinitely under the terms of the will. In this (admittedly rare) predicament, the property might be a millstone until you can sell it or come to an arrangement with the occupant.
More common is inheriting a rental property with incumbent tenants. Any tenant will have certain legal rights, so you’ll also acquire a landlord’s responsibilities. On the plus side, at least you will now receive rental income. But again, this could make your tax affairs more complicated.
When you transfer the ownership of a property, you will typically need legal advice , but may also require financial advice , mortgage advice and the help of an accountant to handle any tax implications.
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Transfer ownership of inherited property
How Do I Transfer Ownership of an Inherited Property?
How you transfer ownership of an inherited property depends on a number of factors.
When you transfer ownership of an inherited property, you’ll complete a series of different forms with the Land Registry depending on how your loved one owned the property, if the property is registered or unregistered and if the property is to be transferred to beneficiaries under a will or sold to a third party.
We have set out step by step guides for each stage below, along with links to all the relevant forms you will need to fill in to transfer ownership of an inherited property. So let’s get started…
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Step 1: Find out how and if the inherited property is registered
The process you will need to follow to transfer ownership of an inherited property will vary depending on how the property was owned by your loved one.
The first thing you need to establish is how the property was owned. The three most popular ways a property can be owned are:
- Joint tenants. Your loved one owned the whole of the property jointly with another person.
- Tenants in common. Your loved one owned a distinct share of the property that doesn’t automatically pass to the other joint owner(s).
- Sole owner. Your loved one was the only owner of the property.
If you don’t know how the property was owned, you can check the title register. If you don’t have a copy of the title register, you can download a pdf copy for £3 from Land Registry.
Once you have a copy of the title register, you will need to check section “B” which is called the “Proprietorship Register”. This will tell you how the property is owned depending on the number of names and if it includes specific wording:
What if I can’t find the property at Land Registry?
If you can’t locate a copy of the title register on the Land Registry, it’s likely that the property hasn’t been registered.
If the property isn’t registered, a transfer of ownership will trigger the need to register it for the first time. Skip ahead to section 3 of the article to find out how to register an unregistered property.
Where your loved one was the sole owner of the property, or owned the property as tenants in common, you will need to obtain a “grant of representation”. We cover how to obtain a grant of representation in step 2 below.
Grant of representation: a document issued by the court that proves the legal authority of the person appointed to deal with your loved one’s estate (aka the “personal representative”).
If your loved one owned the property as a joint tenant, then you can skip ahead to step 3. The surviving owner will be able to deal with the transfer of ownership without the need for a grant of representation .
Step 2: Obtain ‘probate’ or ‘letters of administration’
The “personal representative(s)” (PRs) are responsible for sorting out the estate of the person who’s passed away.
The PRs will either need to obtain “probate” or “letters of administration”. This proves their authority to transfer or sell the property in accordance with the will.
Personal representative: a person who is legally entitled to administer the estate of a person who has passed away. Personal representative is the general term for either the executors (where there is a will) or administrators (where no will was left).
Who makes the application and what you apply for depend on whether or not your loved one left a will:
- If there is a will : the executors will need to apply for a grant of probate .
- If there is no will : the next of kin (aka administrator ) will need to apply for letters of administration .
A grant of probate and letters of administration are collectively known as a grant of representation .
If your loved one was the sole owner of the property, you’ll need to obtain a grant of representation. If your loved one jointly owned the property as tenants in common, it’s also likely that you will need to obtain a grant of representation.
How do I apply for probate?
Once you have registered the death, found out if there’s a will and estimated and reported the estate’s value for Inheritance Tax purposes, you’ll be ready to apply for probate.
The next steps you will need to take to apply for probate are:
1. Complete the relevant probate application form
The form you’ll need to complete depends on whether the person left a will or not.
- Will: fill out form PA1P
- No will: fill out form PA1A
You can also apply for probate online here . Applying online is quicker than applying for probate by post.
2. Complete the relevant Inheritance Tax Summary Form
Along with your probate application form, you will also need to submit the relevant Inheritance Tax Summary Form. The form must be signed by all applicants.
No Inheritance Tax due
If your loved one passed away on or after 1 January 2022, and there’s no Inheritance Tax to pay, you won’t need a separate Inheritance Tax Summary Form. Instead, you’ll need to report estimates of the estate’s value as part of your probate application.
Inheritance Tax due
If you have worked out the value of the estate and there’s Inheritance Tax to pay, you will need to send the relevant forms to HMRC and wait 20 working days before you can apply for probate .
You will need to complete the following forms:
- Form IHT400 : you can find guidance notes on how to complete form IHT400 here .
- Form IHT421 : you will need to fill out this form if you’re applying for a grant of representation in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Related: Introduction to Inheritance Tax: How Much Is It, Tax-Free Thresholds, And More .
3. Send the application to the Probate Registry
Your application must include:
- An official copy of the death certificate (or an interim death certificate from the coroner)
- The original will (if there is one)
- Application fee of £273*
*If the estate is worth less than £5,000, you don’t pay a fee. You may also be able to get a full or partial discount if you are currently on a low income and/or claiming certain benefits.
Top tip: we would recommend that you order extra copies of the probate document at £1.50 a piece. This will save you time, as you will be able to send them to different organisations simultaneously.
Do you need a grant of probate to transfer property?
You don’t always need a grant of probate to transfer property. It depends how the property was owned.
- Joint tenants. You don’t need a grant of probate to transfer the inherited property.
- Sole owner. You would need to obtain a grant of probate.
- Tenants in common. You would almost always need a grant of probate.
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Step 3: (Option 1) How to transfer ownership when a joint owner dies
If the property is registered in joint names, and the other person wants to continue living there, you’ll just need to notify Land Registry of the death.
You can do this by filling in form DJP , which will remove your loved one’s name from the register.
You’ll also need to send an official copy of the death certificate, along with the completed form DJP, to HM Land Registry.
Step 3: (Option 2) How to transfer ownership if property is registered to a sole owner?
You will need to get probate before the property can be sold if the inherited property is registered to a sole owner.
The forms you will need to complete in order to transfer ownership of the property will depend on if you are transferring the property to a beneficiary in a will, or selling the inherited property to a third party.
We have set out both processes, and the forms you will need to complete, below.
If you transfer to a beneficiary in a will
If you are transferring the inherited property to a beneficiary in a will, you will need to fill in the following forms:
- Form AP1. You can read the guidance on how to complete form AP1 here .
- Form AS1. You can read the guidance on how to complete form AS1 here .
- Form ID1. The beneficiary must fill in this form (as well as anyone transferring the property who isn’t the executor of the will)
The application must also include:
- The original or a certified copy of the grant of probate or letters of administration
- A fee – check the fee calculator to find out the correct fee payable
- SDLT certificate or self-certificate (if tax was paid on the property)
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You should send all completed forms, supporting documents and the fee to HM Land Registry .
If you sell the property to a third party
If the inherited property is sold to a third party, you need to:
- Transfer the ownership of the inherited property
- Provide the buyer with a certified copy of the probate or letters of administration
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You can transfer the ownership of the property by following these steps:
- Fill in form AP1 . This is the application to change the register.
- Fill in form TR1 . This is the form to transfer a registered property.
- Fill in form ID1 . This proves your identity when registering an application with the Land Registry. It must be signed by a solicitor or licensed conveyancer.
- Pay the required fee. You can check what fee you’ll need to pay using the fee calculator .
- Send everything to the Land Registry.
A solicitor or conveyancer will be able to deal with the above for you.
If you need help selling an inherited property, check out my Ultimate Guide To Selling An Inherited Property .
Step 3: (Option 3) How to transfer ownership if the property isn’t registered
If it turns out that the inherited property isn’t registered, a transfer of ownership will trigger the need to register it for the first time.
How to register a property for the first time
You will need to register the property for the first time if you find out the property is unregistered when you inherit it.
Gov.uk has a handy step by step guide on how to register a property for the first time .
Because you have inherited the property, you will also need to include either:
1. A completed AS1 form . The executor needs to fill this out if the property was in the name of a sole registered owner and it’s been left to you in a will.
2. A completed TR1 form . The surviving owner needs to fill this out if they jointly owned the property and you are inheriting a share.
As you can see, transferring ownership of an inherited property isn’t a straightforward process. We would recommend speaking with a solicitor or conveyancer, who will be able to help with any applications you need to make.
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Changing who is recorded as legal owner on the title deeds of a property
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How to change registered title to a property at the land registry, do i need a solicitor to transfer ownership of a property, tax implications on a transfer of equity.
You might change who is registered as legal owner of a property for a number of reasons.
These can be on a transfer of equity or on the change of name of an owner.
The process differs depending on which situation you have.
Transfer of equity
A transfer of equity is a change in ownership. The phrase is most commonly used in respect of land and property, but it can apply to other types of asset as well.
Examples of when a transfer might happen include:
- on the sale of the property (the term conveyancing means the process of transferring equity)
- as a gift (for example, when a parent adds a child as an owner to their property)
- on the distribution of an estate after an owner's death
- by court order (such as when a financial consent order is made during divorce proceedings)
- by agreement (such as on separation)
Generally, a conveyancing solicitor will refer to a property transfer as a result of sale as a conveyance, and for any other reason as a transfer of equity.
Note that adding or removing a name from the deeds is actually transferring ownership. In order for one person to have a new or greater ownership share, someone else must give up their share.
You can read more about transfers of equity to family members .
Change of name
You can change your name at any time, but most changes happen:
- on marriage or civil partnership
- on divorce or at separation (for example, you might revert to a maiden name)
- when you change gender
Since the Land Registry is the definitive record of ownership, you'll want to update the register for your change of name.
The transfer process in a nutshell
- Obtain a copy of the title deeds
- Check who currently has legal title and whether there are any restrictions on the property (such as permission required to change ownership from someone else) or charges (such as a mortgage)
- Gather documents to prove your identity (either to your conveyancer or to the Registry)
- Notify and, if necessary, obtain consent from necessary third parties (such as a mortgage lender or lease administrator)
- Prepare the transfer deed documents
- Send the documents to the Land Registry and pay any fee
Obtain the existing records first
While not a requirement, it is usually a good idea to obtain a copy of the official register before you change it. You can do this on the Land Registry website for a nominal amount (currently £3).
Most usefully, the records will give you your title number.
Review the title deeds
The deeds will confirm the existing owner and whether there are any restrictions on transfer registered.
If there is a mortgage outstanding on the property then the permission of the mortgage lender will usually be necessary to be obtained in order to remove the name of one of the owners. The mortgage provider will usually assess the financial ability of the remaining owner to make repayments under a new mortgage deed.
Proof of your identity
Name changes on marriage or civil partnership
Send a certified copy of your marriage certificate with the form to the Register.
Other name changes
Name changes happen most frequently on marriage and divorce, but of course, they can also be made by deed poll or statutory declaration.
If you are a non-professional conveyancer (i.e. not a solicitor), you should also send certification of your personal identity (ID1). Download Form ID1 .
Then send it with evidence of your change of name (for example, the deed poll document, your marriage certificate or your decree absolute) and AP1 to the Land Registry. The fee box should state 'nil' because there will be nothing to pay.
Complete Form AP1
Download and complete Form AP1 , which is the application form to amend the title register.
Where all the owners change
If the entire property is to be transferred to new owners (such as on a house purchase by completely new owners), Form TR1 should be completed and filed with the Land Registry.
You'll also need to complete Form AP1 and Form ID1.
Partial changes in ownership
A partial change might occur if when there are (or will be) two or more people who are owners, but only one name needs to be added or removed. For example, when:
- adding a partner, husband or wife to the title deed
- gifting a share in a property to a child or other family members (such as giving an inheritance early)
- buying out a joint owner (such as an ex partner)
- removing a joint owner from the house deeds (such as on a divorce settlement or separation)
However, there is no difference in the process that needs to be followed between a full change in ownership and a partial one. Complete forms AP1, ID1 and TR1.
Transfer equity on probate or administration of an estate on death
When someone dies, removing the deceased person's name from the property deed may be necessary in order to complete the probate process and distribute his or her estate to the beneficiaries.
The name of the deceased person might be replaced with those of the beneficiaries, or in the case of sale of the property, with a new owner.
Where the property was owned by two owners as joint tenants and one dies, the surviving joint owner becomes the sole legal owner of the property.
In order to remove the name of the deceased, Form DJP (Deceased Joint Proprietor) must be completed and filed along with a copy of the death certificate.
If a beneficiary is entitled to inherit the property, the executor or personal representative of the estate can transfer into their name. This part of the probate process , transferring property from a deceased person's estate to a new owner, is called assent .
An AP1 Form and an AS1 Form must be sent to HM Land Registry, along with the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. The correct fee will also need to be enclosed (as well as Form ID1 if you don't use a conveyancer).
There is no requirement to show the Grant of Representation to the Land Registry, which means updating the title deeds can be done soon after death. Just make sure that estate has enough cash in it to pay any inheritance tax liability, and that the property will not need to be sold to provide cash.
Form TR1 is used in the majority of conveyancing transactions to create a transfer deed between a buyer and a seller of the property, or previous owners and new owners (if no money is being transferred).
It should be used to:
- transfer the whole of the property in one or more registered titles
- to register the property for the first time
If only part of the registered title is being transferred (part of the property, such as a garden), Form TP1 should be used instead.
Before transfer, you should check whether the property has been previously registered using the Land Registry’s Find A Property service.
If it has, you should obtain an up-to-date official copy of the Register and check it for any issues that might make transfer more difficult. Restrictions such as restrictive covenants may limit how the property can be used or amended. Leasehold clauses may require the consent of the landlord. If there is a mortgage on the property, consent of the lender may be required. HM Land Registry gives further guidance.
Completing Form TR1
The form is straightforward to complete provided that you have all the information to hand.
You need to know the title number the property if it has been registered before, and provide a brief description including the postcode of the property has one.
The date of completion should be completed once the transfer has been executed.
There is a requirement to state the amount paid for property, or that the transfer is a gift or that there is some other form of consideration that is non-monetary.
Panel 10 records the intentions of joint owners and establishing a declaration of trust. Alternatively, Form JO can be used.
With Form TR1, you should send HM Land Registry the Stamp Duty Land Tax certificate if relevant, and Form AP1 for already registered property or Form FR1 for new property.
It’s possible to transfer property ownership yourself without help from anyone else. You simply need to complete the right forms and pay any fee.
We often recommend that you seek professional help because the value of property is sufficiently high versus the comparatively low cost of conveyancing to make it worthwhile getting the transfer right.
The price of conveyancing for a transfer of names is usually only a couple of hundred pounds – much cheaper than for when property is being sold.
By law, only a solicitor working for a firm regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority or a licensed conveyancer can do the work on your behalf for a fee.
We explain in more detail whether you might want to use a conveyancing solicitor or licensed conveyancer .
Another consideration is whether you might benefit from independent legal advice regarding the transaction. If there is a cost to you in any way of becoming an owner, you might want to make sure that there are no unknown issues - things that might influence the future value or give you obligations as an owner.
Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
There is no CGT implication on transfers of equity to your spouse, civil partner, or a charity.
However, except if the proportion transferred was below the CGT threshold, the transfer would be subject to CGT if it was to anyone else, such as children or another family member.
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)
SDLT might be chargeable depending on your location in the UK, who ownership is transferred to, and your own circumstances. Understanding SDLT implications is another benefit of talking to a conveyancer.
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What Is A Deed Of Transfer?
Buying or selling a property in the UK can be a complex process, and one of the most important aspects is the transfer of ownership through a deed of transfer. This legal document is essential for ensuring that the property title is moved from the seller to the buyer, and it is important to understand the process and requirements to avoid any issues or complications. Here, you’ll learn more about the deed of transfer in UK real estate. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or real estate professional, this information will help you navigate the process with confidence and clarity.
A Closer Look At Terminology
Before we get into what a deed of transfer is, we must first learn what is a deed. In other words, we must define deed. The deed is what shows the ownership of a property.
The deed of transfer, commonly known as the transfer deed, is a legally binding document, and it is vitally important in property transactions in the United Kingdom. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, understanding what this document is and how it is used is crucial to make sure that a smooth transfer of ownership of the house happens. Here, we will explore the creation, usage, and legal implications of the deed of transfer, as well as the different forms that are used and how to fill them out accurately.
To understand how the deed transfer happens, we must first understand conveyancing and define it clearly. Conveyancing is what takes place when there is a buyer and a seller. The buyer’s conveyancer transfers the monies to the seller’s conveyancer. The seller’s conveyancer then transfers the form to the buyer’s conveyancer. Conveyancers are responsible for creating the deed of transfer. Their expertise ensures that the document adheres to all legal requirements and accurately reflects the terms of the property transfer.
When initiating the deed transfer, the seller’s conveyancer drafts the initial version of the transfer deed. It includes essential details such as the property’s address, the names of the seller and buyer, and the agreed-upon purchase price. The transfer deed may also include specific provisions regarding the property’s title guarantee, any existing covenants, and other relevant conditions.
Why This Transaction Matters So Much
The deed of transfer is a cornerstone of property transactions in the UK. It is a legal instrument to record the land registry change of ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer. Without this document, the transfer of ownership cannot be officially recognised, making it a vital part of the buying and selling process.
In addition to facilitating ownership transfer, the deed of transfer serves as a crucial record of the property’s transfer history. It is a key link in the title chain, which is a sequence of property ownership records. A complete and unbroken chain of title ensures that the property’s legal ownership can be traced back to its original owner, thus providing assurance to potential buyers and lenders.
Furthermore, the deed of transfer plays a key part in protecting the rights and interests of both parties involved in the transfer of part. A clear outline of the terms and conditions of the property transfer
helps prevent misunderstandings and disputes that may arise in the future regarding the transfer of deeds.
Where Unregistered Property Fits In
Despite the legal requirement for land registration in England and Wales for over three decades, a significant percentage of land remains unregistered. Unregistered properties are more common in cases where a transfer of property has not taken place since the 1980s or are newly created through the dividing of existing ones.
Purchasing an unregistered property will require additional steps as well as more fees for first registration with HM Land Registry. Along with the transfer deed, the seller must submit the FR1 form to initiate the registration process and establish a registered title for the property.
Registering an unregistered property provides the owner numerous benefits, including a secure title, increased property value, and easier property transactions in the future.
The TP1 Form
In cases where only a part of a property is being transferred, the TP1 form is used. This form allows for the division of a property’s interests and can be used in various scenarios.
The TP1 form requires an attached plan that outlines the area or specific part of the property being transferred. This plan helps clarify the boundaries and any new divisions created by the transfer of parts.
In addition to the TP1 form, the seller may need to submit either an AP1 or FR1 form, depending on the situation. If the property is being merged with another pre-existing property, the AP1 form is necessary. On the other hand, if the transferred section creates a new property requiring registration, the FR1 form must be included. The HM land registry tp1 form can be downloaded as a blank copy. You can search for a tp1 form completed example to learn how to fill it out or ask your solicitor to advise you on any areas you have questions.
Purpose Of Deed Transfer
There are two important ways that the deed transfer is used. The first is for the seller’s conveyancer during the completion of the house transfer. It must be completed so that the ownership change happens.
The second purpose is held by the buyer’s conveyancer once the money has been exchanged for the transfer or property. The buyer’s conveyancer registers the buyer as the new property owner with the land registry by sending the completed tp1 form to HM Land Registry
Transferring the Whole Property: The Land Registry’s TR1 form is used when the property transfer is the entire property. This widely used form is comprised of various sections that provide comprehensive information about the property transaction.
The TR1 form begins by identifying the parties involved in the transfer of deeds, including the seller (transferor) and the buyer (transferee). It then requires the property’s title number, which is important for identifying the property in the Land Registry’s records. The form also includes the property’s address, description, and any relevant title restrictions or charges. The TR1 form also includes sections related to the purchase price, consideration, and the manner in which the property is held. This includes the option to choose between joint tenancy and tenancy in common. Each option has distinct implications for the co-owners rights in case of the other’s death.
Filling Out The Transfer Form
Completing the transfer form accurately is vital to be sure that there is a seamless property transaction. Buyers and sellers must work closely with their conveyancers to provide accurate and complete information.
Both the TR1 and TP1 forms consist of multiple sections that need to be filled out diligently. These sections include essential details such as the property’s address, the names and addresses of the transferor and transferee, and the agreed-upon purchase price. In addition, the forms could include provisions regarding access rights, covenants, and any other specific conditions agreed upon by the buyers and sellers.
The TR1 form requires additional information related to the title guarantee. Sellers must specify whether they are providing a full or limited title guarantee and whether any indemnity provisions are in place. This information is very important for buyers to understand the extent of their protection against third-party claims and any encumbrances on the property.
The TP1 form includes a section where sellers must indicate the type of title guarantee provided for the transferred part of the property. Properly disclosing this information ensures full transparency and clarity in the transaction.
Legal Implications Of The Deed Of Transfer
Understanding the legal implications of the deed of transfer is crucial for both buyers and sellers. The transfer deed serves as a binding contract between the parties involved, outlining their rights and responsibilities in regard to the house transfer.
During completion, the seller’s conveyancer must hold a fully executed deed of transfer. It serves as the authoritative document to effect the transfer of property. Once the property transaction is complete, the buyer’s conveyancer sends the transfer deed to HM Land Registry to update ownership records.
The Land Registry’s online records may take time to update, however, the deed of transfer is legal and immediate in the transfer of ownership rights. It provides the buyer with legal ownership
Importance Of The Title Guarantee
The title guarantee is one of the most crucial aspects of the deed of transfer, ensuring the buyer gets a clear property title. It assures the buyer that there are no undisclosed charges, liens, or encumbrances against the property.
Title guarantees come in two types: full and limited. A full title guarantee is used when the seller can ensure that no charges or liabilities are held against the property. This guarantee is typically offered when the seller legally owns the property that is being sold. A limited title guarantee is used when the seller cannot provide an absolute assurance of the property’s title. This happens when a property is being sold by an executor of a will or when the seller is uncertain about the property’s history.
A Deeper Understanding
The deed of transfer plays a vital role in the transferring ownership of property process in the UK. A buyer or seller, must have a good understanding of this document, the different forms involved, and the legal implications it carries is essential for a successful and seamless property transfer.
The deed of transfer serves as the official record of property ownership transfer. It also safeguards the rights and interests of both the buyers and the sellers. By making sure that the transfer form is accurate and complete, the buyers and sellers can be confident in the title transfer being legal in the UK.
Overall, the deed of transfer stands to protect and provide transparency in regard to
property transactions in the UK, providing buyers and sellers with the assurance that their rights and interests are upheld throughout the property transfer process. By keeping to the guidelines, buyers and sellers can navigate the world of property ownership transfer with confidence.
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What is a Deed of Transfer?
The deed of transfer, also known as a transfer deed, is a legal document used to record a change in ownership of a property.
This document is always used when buying or selling property in the UK.
After the buyer’s conveyancer transfers the balance monies paid for a property, the document is sent from the seller’s conveyancer to the buyer’s conveyancer.
The buyer’s conveyancer then sends it to HM Land Registry so the register can be updated. The ownership is then changed on all the relevant documents stored there.
How is a Deed of Transfer created?
A deed of transfer is created by a conveyancer using a TR1, or occasionally a TP1 form.
One of these forms must be filled in by the seller to create a transfer deed for their property.
Usually, this form is filled in shortly after the exchange of contracts, but theoretically it can be left as late as completion.
You can download a blank copy of both the TR1 form and the TP1 form from HM Land Registry.
How is the Deed of Transfer used?
The deed of transfer is used for two closely connected things.
Firstly, it is used by the seller’s conveyancer during completion . They must hold a completed deed of transfer at this point, as the property’s ownership change is executed by this document.
Following payment being made for the property, they will send it to the buyer’s conveyancer, who uses it for the second purpose.
This is registering the new owner with the Land Registry. When you buy a property, your conveyancer will send a copy of the transfer deed to HM Land Registry, changing the owner in its records.
It can take weeks or even months for the updated property details to show up online with the Land Registry.
While the Land Registry’s website could take a few months to update, the deed of transfer legally transfers the ownership of the property immediately.
What is a TR1 Form
A Land Registry TR1 form is used by a conveyancer to create a transfer deed, which is then used to transfer property.
It requires the seller’s signature, as well as information relating to the property transaction, including its location, price. Finally, it requires the names of the buyer and seller.
If it contains any legally binding agreements or covenants, it will also require the buyer’s signature.
What is a TP1 form?
A TP1 form is like a TR1 form, except that it is used to transfer part of a property rather than the whole thing.
A good example of this is selling only part of a property’s garden for development or splitting a large house into two.
When selling using a TP1 form you must include an attached plan showing the new divisions.
In addition, you will be asked to include either an AP1 form, if the property is being merged with another pre-existing property, or a FR1 form, if the split-off section of land creates a new property requiring a first registration with HM Land Registry.
How do I fill in the Transfer Form?
Whether you are selling all a property using a TR1 form, or part of a property using a TP1, you will need to complete a transfer form.
Both forms are very similar, having 12 sections in common.
- The title numbers of any relevant properties
- address of the property
- transferor and transferees’ names
- the transferees intended address
- the amount paid for the property
- the title guarantee
- the intended future ownership structure of the property and
- any additional provisions, including access rights and covenants
Of these things, the title guarantee is the most complicated. When someone sells a property, they offer a guarantee that there are no charges against it. This is so that when you buy a property, you do not end up liable for someone else’s debts.
Title guarantees come in two types, full and limited. Full guarantees are used when a seller can be sure that no charges are held against a property. If you are selling a property you own, this is almost always the type of guarantee you offer.
Alternatively, a limited title guarantee only covers a property to the extent of knowledge of a seller. This type of guarantee is normally used by an executor of a will, who is not selling their own property.
Prior to buying the property your conveyancer will have noted if it has been previously registered or not.
Even though registering your land upon transfer has been a legal requirement in England and Wales for more than 30 years.
However, currently more than 10% of the land in the UK is not registered.
If you buy property that has not been sold since the 1980s, there is a fair chance it will be unregistered.
In addition, if you buy a brand-new property, created by splitting an element from a pre-existing property, the chances are it will also not have been registered.
If your property has not been registered, you will have to pay an additional fee for first registration and submit an FR1 form alongside the transfer deed.
What is a TR2 form?
The TR2 Form is a document used to transfer the ownership of a registered property under a right of sale. It is normally used by mortgage lenders.
The form is used when a lender is registering a property which they have a mortgage secured against. When you take out a mortgage, if you fail to keep to its terms, you grant the lender the right to sell your house to reclaim their money.
The TR2 form works rather like a TR1 form, except the transferee does not need the transferor’s permission. This has effectively already been granted when the mortgage was accepted.
Hopefully, you will never encounter this form as a homeowner.
The deed of transfer is one of the most important documents involved in a property transaction.
This is especially the case given it is used by the seller’s conveyancer to authorise the transaction itself. It is then sent to the Land Registry, where it is used to change the owner on a property’s title register.
The deed of transfer is created by a conveyancer using a TR1 transfer of whole or a TP1 transfer of part document. This must be filled in prior to completion day when you are selling a property.
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There are a number of reasons why you may wish to change the names on the property register at the Land Registry . For example, you may wish to add another person as a result of marriage, or remove a person as a result of divorce.
It may be that you wish to transfer ownership of a property to a family member by way of a gift or that there has been a change in circumstances and one of the owners has died. In this case a DJP form will be required to notify the register accordingly.
To ensure the correct procedure is followed, we would recommend using a solicitor, however you can complete the forms by yourself. There are many forms and it is important that the right ones are selected. To instruct the Land Registry of your intention to make an application to change the register you will need to complete an AP1 form.
In support of your application you will also need to submit a TR1, TR2, TR3 or TP1 form depending on what your intentions are . The TR1 form, is the most common, when you want to ‘transfer of whole of registered title’ of a property.
Other forms include the submitting of an ID1 form. This is critical if you are doing the application yourself as it is necessary to identify you to ensure that there is no fraudulent activity. This form will in itself need verifying by a Solicitor, Barrister or Notary Public.
Furthermore there are other considerations, such as Stamp Duty to pay, whether there is any Capital Gains Tax liability or Inheritance Tax to pay. If is also important to calculate correctly the fees due to the Land Registry.
Where there is an existing mortgage, the lender will normally require a solicitor to be involved. They will need to give their consent to the new owner/owners and may require new credit assessments of them.
Making an application ✎
A good starting place would be to use the Land Registry’s online search capabilities. You will have to pay a small fee, but it will be useful in checking that the property is registered and what information the register holds.
Entries may include restrictions requiring action before a transfer can be made, examples of which include: Consent to transfer by a person or a certificate complying with certain conditions.
If the property is leasehold, there may be a requirement to obtain the landlord’s consent. If the property is mortgaged, there may be a requirement to get the lender’s consent or discharge it.
Completing an AP1 form ☑
In the next box 3 ‘The application effects’, you need to put a cross in a box e.g. if it effects ’the whole of your property’.
In box 4 ‘Application, priority & fees’, it is important to list each application individually on a separate line, e.g. “Transfer by the way of gift”. The value of the property needs to be entered alongside e.g. £375,000. The next figure is for the amount of fees due to the Land Registry. These fees are calculated by taking the full market value less whatever mortgage remains, divided by the number of shares (owners). With this figure, you can determine what you need to pay via their fee scale.
Box 5, ‘Documents lodged’ requires you to list the documents you are sending to support the application such as a TR1 form, an ID1 form. These must be listed individually and need to be certified copies.
Box 6, ‘The applicant’, is where you write the name or names of the people who are applying to change the register, e.g. John Ian Smith and Sarah Jane Smith.
Box 7, ‘The application is sent to the Land Registry by:’, is where you provide a correspondence address/email/phone.
Box 8, ‘Third party notification’, complete this if you want the Land Registry to notify someone else that they have completed the application.
Box 9, ‘Addresses of owner/owners’, is where you can enter up to 3 addresses for each owner.
Box 10, This box should be completed if there is a new charge (mortgage). The lender will normally want a solicitor to be involved should it be a new mortgage.
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Box 12, ‘Identification’.
Box 14, ‘Details of the transferor & conveyancer’, if not represented by a solicitor then you must complete an ID1 form. Identification is needed if you have inherited the property or have been registered as the new owner without a solicitor. Evidence will be required if your name has been changed by ‘deed poll’, ‘statement of truth’ or ‘statutory declaration’. This is not required if your name has changed as a result of marriage or civil partnership.
Completing an ID1 form ☑
- A credit card supported with a paper account statement no more than 3 months old.
- A utility bill less than 3 months old.
- A council tax bill for the year.
- A council rent book for the last 3 months.
- A paper mortgage statement.
Completing a TR1 form ☑
The form similarly consists of a number of panels with check boxes, most of which are fairly obvious starting with the Property title reference number.
The person making the transfer, the current owner is referred to as the “transferor” and the person who is receiving the transfer, (in a purchase, the buyer) is referred to as the “transferee” .
For example if Mr Smith wants to add his wife to the property title, he would put his name as the transferor in panel 3.4. In panel 3.5 he would put his wife’s full name as the transferee. He would also need to put his own name here as well, otherwise he would be transferring all of the property to her.
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The first of which is a ‘Full title guarantee’ . This is a promise that to the best of your knowledge there are no mortgages against the property, no right of way over it and nobody has a lease on it. No one else has any interest in it other than what has already been declared.
The second option ’Limited title guarantee’ is a lesser guarantee by promising that no mortgage has been taken out on the property and that no one else has an interest in the property that still exists at the date of the transfer.
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- 2) Joint tenants in common
If ‘beneficial joint tenants’ is selected then there are no specific shares registered in the property. It is equally owned by both who can enjoy the benefit of it. When one owner dies the property automatically goes to the other owner/owners.
If joint ownership is declared as ‘tenants in common’, then specific shares in the property are owned. These can be owned in any denomination, i.e. 60% and 40%. The owner of the shares can also make a provision in their will to leave their share to someone else.
If you don’t complete section panel 10, then the Land Registry will put a ‘Form A Restriction’ in the register. This could have adverse implications for you in the future.
In section panel 11 there is a requirement to declare Additional provisions. These are in the form of Covenants and agreements that may have been made by you between and the other party.
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Applies to England and Wales
We receive thousands of applications on a daily basis which we process as quickly as possible.
Legal ownership rights are secured from the moment the application is received, not at point at which it is processed and completed. Every application we receive protects the transaction it is registering from the day we receive it. So, if there is no urgency, please wait for us to contact you.
If delays to your application might cause problems or put a property sale or any kind of property transaction at risk, you can request an expedite for free. We have helped over 200,000 applicants this year, prioritised and quickly processed via this free expedite service. We process the vast majority of expedited applications within 10 working days.
All timelines below are correct as of September 2023. The timelines reflect the average experience based on the previous month’s activity.
We cannot provide a specific date by which individual applications will be processed. For information on our best estimates of future processing times, please see our guidance on the estimated completion date tool within the portal.
We recognise that some of our processing times are not what we want them to be and improving the speed of our services is our top priority. We continue to make every effort to achieve this, including building our capacity through recruitment, developing digital application processes to make land registration quicker and easier , and making strides to increase our underlying productivity. For more details, please read our measures to support customers .
Information service requests
Our Information Services (sometimes known as register queries) cover:
- official searches of whole
- official searches of part
- official copies
- searches of the index map
Before you can buy or sell any property, it is critical that a conveyancer searches the Land Register for all the information relating to that property. It is essential these searches take place quickly to avoid delays.
It takes 1 to 2 days if we need to handle an application manually. A search of the index map can take 2 to 3 days.
Changes to existing registered titles
Changes to existing titles (sometimes known as register update services) include:
- registering property transfers
- updating charges (mortgages) against a property
- changing names on a property
This covers a range of services that usually take place once a property has been sold, after stamp duty land tax have been paid and the property has exchanged hands. Only then is the register updated with new owners with their relevant mortgage details and other interests. The legal interests of the applicant are protected from the moment HM Land Registry receives the application, regardless of how long it then takes to complete.
Just over 30% of applications to update the register are automated and completed within minutes. These include applications to remove a mortgage or registering a standard form of restriction.
Over half of the remaining applications to update the register, such as changing a name or transferring a property title , take 4 weeks to complete, with most completed in about 4 months. We know that in some instances these applications are taking about 5 months to complete.
More complex changes and new entries
These are our more complex application types, including multi-title applications submitted by developers, or major infrastructure projects. They also include registering property for the first time, dividing existing titles or lodging a new lease.
These applications include more errors and omissions, with between 55% and 65% of applications requiring clarification or further information, which delays the application.
Registering land or property for the first time (sometimes known as first registrations)
We complete half of all applications to register land or property for the first time in about 14 months. We complete almost all in about 16 months, but a minority might take a few weeks longer depending on the application.
Applications to divide existing titles (transfers of part) or register a new lease (dispositionary first lease)
Where preparatory work has been done, we complete half of applications to divide existing titles or register a new lease in about 13 months. Almost all are completed in about 20 months.
Where no preparatory work has been done, half are completed in about 17 months and almost all in about 22 months.
A minority might take a few months longer depending on the application.
The processing times differ depending on whether or not any preparatory work has been done with the developers to simplify the registration process prior to transactions taking place.
Measures to support customers
We have increased our overall caseworker resource by around 1,000 in the last few years, including over 500 in the last 2 years alone to help process additional cases. We believe improvements can only be delivered through a combination of recruitment and training as well as automation. At the moment, 29% of our applications to change the register are automated – we want to increase this to up to 70% in the next 3 years.
More details can be found in two blogs on our recruitment and automation published in late 2022.
We are also exploring short term approaches. One includes our having created two dedicated teams focused on the oldest complex cases with a specific goal to reduce the processing times for these applications.
We are looking at ways to work with customers to reduce the number of times we chase for clarification or additional information.
Expedite an application (fast-track)
You can ask HM Land Registry to process your application urgently . The expedite process is available for applications where a delay would cause significant issues.
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What is in a Contract for Sale and Transfer Deed
14 feb -->what is in a contract for sale and transfer deed, the conveyance document and what is a contract for sale.
A conveyance, also known as a Property Transfer Deed, is the document that legally transfers the ownership of a house from the seller to the buyer. Whilst it must be signed by the seller and is normally, also signed by the buyer this may not always be the case. Though as a matter of fact it only needs to be signed by the buyer if the document contains covenants or there is more than one of them. The agreement between the seller and the buyer, for the conveyance to proceed is what is known as the Contract For Sale.
When you buy a house, if you do not have the signed Transfer Deed by the seller, technically known as the Transfer Instrument, cannot be registered as the property owner with the Land Registry.
Your solicitor or conveyancer must, above all else, have a signed Property Transfer Deed in their possession upon completion of the sale is not valid and the buyer can pull out. To prevent this disappointment, the solicitor or conveyancer will give an undertaking to ensure that the signed Deed is in their possession as the sale moves toward an exchange.
This is then the document which literally transfers the legal ownership of a property from one person to another. If not a TR1, which is in the majority of cases, it must be in one of the four allowable formats of TR1, TR2 TR3 and TP1 which provide for the different types of purchase, and whichever is used it is sent to the land Registry on completion.
In normal circumstances, the seller’s solicitor or conveyancer will draft the contract for sale while the buyer’s solicitor or conveyancer will draft the transfer instrument although, alternatively it can be done by the purchaser’s legal team.
WHAT INFORMATION DOES THE CONVEYANCE (TRANSFER DEED) CONTAIN?
These are the main elements to the Property Transfer Deed and most importantly they must all be correctly detailed:-
- The title number, this information can be found on the Land Registry document and is unique to the property. If the land is unregistered the details are left blank however unregistered land is increasingly rare.
- The address, this would seem an obvious detail but in fact, it is a very important matter. The address must match that contained in the Official Copies . Moreover for unregistered-title, the importance is greater, as it is the identifier and must be particularity described in detail.
- The legal name of the seller ( the transferor ) which must also match the Official Copies.
However, there are 4 exceptions which are:-
- Where a seller has given another person Power of Attorney (POA), their name and the certificate granting them POA is placed with the deed which also identifies them as acting as POA. Also the name of the person he is representing will be included.
- If the property is for sale by an executor , where the property owner has died. The executor’s name and additionally a certified copy of the Grant of Probate must accompany the Property Transfer Deed.
- Also where a Trustee is appointed to join in the sale. A Trustee is used for the purpose of allowing a sale to complete where there is a restriction on the register of the Official Copies. This is often where no one person is allowed to sell the property and the additional person is deceased. All names including the trustees must be included in the Property Transfer Deed.
- As a consequence of a property being repossessed , the lender, normally the mortgage company, will have its name on the register and then a TR2 form will be required.
- The buyer’s name ( transferee ) and address, usually the property they are buying, also an email address, will be placed on the deed to ensure that the Land Registry can contact the buyer if they need to. Where two or more people are buying a declaration of trust is needed which states who owns what share and what happens on the death of one of the buyers or in a future sale.
- The price agreed between the buyer and the seller and in addition the date, which is the date of completion, not exchange.
- If there are any new rights or covenants they are declared in the contract and their details listed along with a title guarantee. Moreover, this states what level of title guarantee is offered in respect of the property.
- Finally, the Property Transfer Deed should be signed.
Exchange of contract is the point of no return . Once the contract for sale has been signed and contracts exchanged, the sale or purchase becomes legally binding on all parties. So before signing the contract, there is a last opportunity to ensure that everything is correctly detailed and set down.
A pre-exchange list is helpful to ensure nothing has been missed which gives comfort that you are getting what you want and haven’t forgotten anything.
What you should confirm with your solicitor or conveyancer:-
- That the searches are complete;
- You have your mortgage offer;
- Your funds for the deposit are available;
- Both parties to the transaction have returned their signed contract of sale to their respective conveyancers;
- Make sure you have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and sometimes forgotten, bricks and mortar insurance which needs to be valid from the date of exchange.
Also, most importantly, chat through any aspect of the sale or purchase you don’t fully understand with your solicitor or conveyancer. They will be only too happy to ensure you are comfortable with everything before exchange.
Up to this point, either the buyer or the seller can withdraw and there is nothing that can legally be done to prevent this. However, once the exchange takes place you are nearly there as exchange makes the contract legally binding.
At the actual time of exchange both the buyer and the sellers’ solicitor or conveyancer will each have a copy of the contract. The Seller’s solicitor or conveyancer will have the signed transfer deed ( TR1). The buyers’ side will now hold the funds to pay the deposit, the mortgage offer and a confirmed buildings insurance policy.
The next step is to agree on a completion date and above all, the last stage prior to completion is the confirmation between the sides that all of the documents and the other requirements are ready for exchange.
The exchange itself is usually done between the legal representatives over the phone and at this point the exchange transaction itself is complete. If there is a chain and each exchange is dependant upon another one the exchange is confirmed, down the line, until the exchange at the bottom of the chain is confirmed and then the whole chain is exchanged.
A completion date should be agreed, and a two to four week period from an exchange is usual. This allows everyone to make their arrangements, such as a removal company, satellite and broadband installation, and last but not least book time off work.
Avoiding a Friday is a good idea if at all possible, as for solicitors and conveyancers this is always the busiest day, and even more so for removal companies.
The actual day of completion is when the seller’s solicitor or conveyancer is in receipt of the full purchase money and as a consequence of this confirms the completion to the buyer’s side.
The transfer of the title documents takes place by the dating of them and a time for vacant possession should be agreed upon. Normally vacant possession is 1 pm on the day of completion but this can be varied, in certain circumstances, to suit all parties.
Exchange and completion can take place on the same day, but normally if there is a mortgage involved the lender requires a period of around 5 working days between the two.
Once you have picked up or dropped off the keys you can relax as you have now either bought or sold your home.
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Obtain Copy Transfer Deed
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Article summary, law of property (miscellaneous provisions) act 1989, the parties, the property, consideration, title guarantee, declaration of trust, other provisions, execution as a deed, obtaining copies of the transfer deed.
Of all the conveyancing deeds the Transfer Deed is probably the most important. This is the device with which real estate is transferred from one owner to another. The Transfer Deed provides the information needed by the Land Registry to create the Title Register, and will provide the ownership details at the time of transfer, the purchase price, details of covenants and more.
In order to comply with this legislation the transfer of a property from one person to another must be effected by deed. Section 1 (2) of the Act states that an instrument shall not be a deed unless it is clear from the instrument itself that it is intended to be a deed, e.g. by describing it as a deed, and also that it is executed as a deed by the person creating it.
Accordingly, the contract signed by the parties is not sufficient to transfer the property, and this is not therefore sent to the Land Registry. The Transfer Deed is created from the contract, and upon registration the Title Register is created from the Transfer Deed.
Contents of Transfer Deed
The names and addresses of the Transferor (the Vendor) and the Transferee (the Purchaser) are provided. Older transfers usually have a backsheet attached, which bears the names and addresses the party's solicitors.
Details of the property being transferred are provided, and if the property is already registered, its Title Number.
The consideration is provided. This is the sum of money for which the property is being purchased. If money is not to be exchanged then details of any other consideration must be provided.
The Transfer Deed must contain a statement that it is sold either with full title guarantee or limited title guarantee. The property is normally sold with full title guarantee, which means that the purchaser can sue the seller for breach of title guarantee should the need arise.
Full title guarantee implies the following covenants:
- That the seller has the right to sell the property.
- That he will do all he can, at his own expense, to give the purchaser the title he is selling.
- That the seller is selling all of his interest in the property (unless it is a sale of part).
- That the property being sold is the freehold, unless the transfer states that it is leasehold.
- That the property is being sold free from all known charges, such as mortgages.
Only the first 4 of the above covenants are not implied with limited title guarantee. The fifth one is different in so far as the seller covenants that he has not charged or encumbered the property, and is not aware that anyone else has done so since he obtained the property. The covenant does not stretch further back to previous owners.
Limited title guarantee is more likely to be the case where the seller is a trustee, personal representative or mortgagee in possession. Where a seller cannot prove a good title to the property he may be obliged to sell with no title guarantee, e.g. as with a liquidator.
Where there is more than one buyer the ownership will be a Trust Ownership. Details of the type of Trust must be provided in the Transfer Deed. This is usually a declaration that the property will be held by them as beneficial joint tenants. However, if they wish to declare the property to be held by them as tenants in common they must say so and state whether their ownerships are to be in equal shares or otherwise.
For Further information relating to ownership by Joint Tenants and Tenants in Common please see our article "Difference between Joint Tenancy and Tenancy in Common ".
Other provisions such as restrictive covenants or declarations should also be provided.
The Transfer Deed must be executed by the Transferor (seller) as a Deed. If there is more than one Transferee (purchaser) each must also sign as a Deed.
In modern times the Transfer Deed is provided as Land Registry form TR1 , if it is the sale of the whole of a property, or form TP1 if it is the sale of part only.
To obtain a copy of the Transfer Deed, or any other Deed, please use our Conveyancing Deeds Search.
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Can You Transfer Property to a Family Member?
It’s absolutely possible to arrange the transfer of property to a family member. However, it’s important to thoroughly understand the process and its implications – financial and otherwise – before committing to this.
As We Buy Any House specialists , we regularly speak with homeowners thinking about moving forward with such an undertaking (rather than sell).
In this article, we examine the ins and outs of property transfer to family members. We’ll also address the duties and responsibilities involved in the transfer of property as a gift.
How Do I Transfer Property to a Family Member?
In order to transfer property to a family member as a gift, you’ll need to execute a “Deed of Gift”. This is also known as a “Transfer of Gift”.
This legal process ends with the family member(s) classified as the property’s legal proprietors. The new owners’ names will then appear on the Land Registry.
The main action involved in the transfer of property as a gift is the completion of a “TR1”. This is a “transfer of whole ownership” form. If you’re only transferring part of a property, you’ll need to fill out a “TP1” instead.
You should also fill in an “AP1” form, which serves to change your property’s details in the Land Registry.
If you’re not using a conveyancer, you should also complete an “ID1” form, which enables you to confirm your identity.
The above forms, along with the required fee for the process should then be sent to the Land Registry.
If you have a mortgage on the property , you’ll need to receive permission from the lender before you can begin the transfer process.
How Long Does it Take to Transfer Ownership of a Property?
The entire transfer of property ownership process usually takes between four and six weeks.
However, this often depends on the speed at which your conveyancer works (if you are using one).
Much will also depend on mortgage providers and other third parties completing their duties within good time.
Is Gifting Property to Family Members a Good Idea?
UK law stipulates that Inheritance Tax must be paid upon the receipt of property worth over a certain value when bequeathed in a will. This value is greater for the transfer of property from parent to child or grandparent to grandchild.
The transfer of the property may not be worth it if its value falls below the stipulated threshold.
If the proprietor of a property transfers its ownership more than seven years prior to their death, Inheritance Tax (IHT) will not usually be payable on this asset.
For example, upon the transfer of property after the death of a father or mother, or within seven years before that person’s death, IHT is payable if the property is valued above the accepted threshold.
This could have been avoided if the was a transfer of the property before the start of the seven year “window”.
There should be no “chargeable consideration” connected with the transfer in order for IHT to be avoided. This means that the recipients of the property should give the donor nothing in return.
The donor may rent the property from its new owners, but this should be at market rental rate – otherwise the donor will be deemed to be benefiting from the property, which counts as a chargeable consideration.
We’ve also come across scenarios where children have bought their parents’ house and then rented it back for free . Here, there are Capital Gains and Stamp Duty Land Tax as well as other practical considerations to take on board.
Giving Property as a Gift: Requirements and Duties
There are a number of requirements in order for the correct execution of a Deed of Gift.
Firstly, there must be confirmation that the current owner of the property is acting of their own free will.
The owner must also be sound mind (there must not be any duress or pressure to transfer). They may also need to seek specialist legal advice and settle any debts currently connected to the property.
Of course, the donor should also be listed as the legal proprietor of the property. Only then, can they transfer it to another person.
There will be a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) charge on a gifted property. The amount will equate to the difference between the value of the property when the donor first bought it and its value at the time of the transfer.
This amount will be smaller than the potential IHT sum to be paid for property that is valued above the threshold.
It is worth reiterating that IHT can only be avoided if the donor survives for more than seven years following the completion of the process.
Receiving Property as a Gift: Requirements and Duties
If another individual is planning to transfer the ownership of their property to you, you may decide to hire a specialist solicitor to assist you with the process.
You will receive a copy of the TR1 form (mentioned above) to complete.
It’s important to note that if the recipient of the property offers any way for the “donor” to financially benefit from the transfer, they may be liable to pay an amount of Stamp Duty Land Tax.
Do I Need a Solicitor to Transfer Ownership of a Property?
You don’t necessarily need legal assistance when arranging the transfer of property as a gift, as you can find all required Land Registry forms via gov.uk .
The assistance of a legal professional can be extremely valuable, particularly when it comes to the wording of any transfer agreement. Although it may seem expensive, a good solicitor can help you avoid falling foul of certain tax legislation.
Other Types of Property Transfer
Instead of directly transferring property without money changing hands at all, the owner might decide on a “concessionary purchase”. This involves the sale of the property to designated individuals at a heavily discounted rate.
There is also the potential for a “transfer of equity”. This is a kind of partial transfer, where two individuals share property ownership. Transfers of equity happen between a newly married couple, for example.
It also allows for the removal of one of a property’s owners from its title. This may occur as a part of a divorce settlement, for example.
Note that if you’re buying a property with the aim of putting it into your child’s name , there are other questions to consider. Here, furthermore, there is a notable difference between purchasing and transferring – and therefore different legal and taxation implications.
The above information should help to clarify the process that must be undertaken throughout a transfer of ownership.
For other information relating to the sale, purchase or management of property, the team at Property Solvers can help.
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Transferring Property Ownership From Parent to Your Child
It is not uncommon for parents to want to transfer a home into their children’s name, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is an attempt to avoid, or at least reduce the eventual size of, an inheritance tax bill. In other cases, it is done to help their child get on to the housing ladder.
Whatever the motivation, there are plenty of important steps to consider before you attempt to transfer ownership of your house to a child.
Transferring equity to your children
A transfer of equity is when someone new is added to the deeds of a property, but the current owner remains on there too.
Transfer of equity is a useful option if you have just got married, for example, and want to add your spouse to the property deeds. But it can also be used by parents who want to transfer partial ownership of a property to their children.
If you use transfer of equity, be warned that your child may have to pay stamp duty . From a tax perspective, when the equity is transferred it is as if a property transaction has taken place.
As your child will also now be a homeowner they will no longer be considered a first-time buyer going forward. This means they couldn’t benefit from first-time buyer stamp duty relief or other government-backed schemes designed to help people onto the property ladder, such as the Lifetime ISA , in the future.
How to gift a property to a child
Alternatively, you might wish to gift your property to your child. Rather than handing the child a portion of the equity in the property, this would mean they own the property in its entirety.
While you can gift a property to your child, it is important to be aware that inheritance tax can still be payable in certain circumstances.
Gifting property and inheritance tax
Inheritance tax is charged based on the value of your estate when you pass away. Everyone enjoys a £325,000 tax-free allowance, called the nil-rate band, but you are then charged inheritance tax at 40% on the value of your estate above this threshold. You can combine assets with a partner to increase this threshold to £650,000.
This tax-free threshold can be even higher – as much as £500,000 for each parent or £1 million in total – when leaving your home as an inheritance to your children or grandchildren, if your estate is worth less than £2 million.
If you die within seven years of gifting something to your children, that asset ‒ whether it’s a house, a car, or simply cash ‒ is still classed as being part of your estate when determining whether you need to pay inheritance tax.
As a result, there may be some tax charged against the value of the property, even if your child has taken ownership of it and is now living there. These are known as potentially exempt transfers and the amount of tax payable reduces the longer you live after making the gift, from 40% in the first three years, gradually reducing to 0% after seven years.
» MORE: Estate planning explained
Can I gift my house and still live there?
If you gift the property to your child but choose to continue living in it, you will need to pay rent to the new owner at the current market rate and contribute towards the household bills.
You can’t simply live in it, rent free, as their guest – otherwise it will still be treated as part of your estate after you die, and inheritance tax could be payable, even if you live for longer than seven years after gifting it to your loved one.
Gifting a buy-to-let property to a child
If you are gifting a buy-to-let property to a child, there is also capital gains tax to consider. Expect to pay capital gains tax on any increase in the value of the property since you purchased it, once the ownership of the property transfers to your child.
Whether full entitlement to the rental income that the property delivers passes to your child or not could also affect the usefulness of gifting the property for inheritance tax purposes.
Can I transfer property ownership to someone under 18?
If your child is under the age of 18, they cannot own a property in their name.
However, it can be held in trust until they turn 18, at which point the child will take ownership of the property. There are various trusts that can be used. For example, with a bare trust, another adult holds the title to the property as a nominee until the child turns 18 and can automatically take legal title.
Another option might be a discretionary trust, where trustees have the discretion to decide if and when the child might become entitled to the property.
» MORE: What is a trust?
Do I need a solicitor to transfer property ownership to a child?
It is usually best to seek the assistance of a conveyancing solicitor to make sure the process of transferring the ownership of property to a child runs smoothly. They will ensure the necessary paperwork is in place and take care of the legal side of things. Given the potential tax implications involved with property transfers, it might also be sensible to talk to a professional financial adviser . They will be best placed to try to ensure your plans are carried out in the most tax-efficient manner and in line with all the relevant rules.
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A step-by-step DIY guide to transferring equity in a property
By Gaynor Haliday , Updated: Sep 26, 2023 26/09/23
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A transfer of equity is when you transfer all or part of your ownership of a property. In the context of property, equity means the value of your interest in a property.
Transferring equity in a property can be a straightforward legal process which, in some circumstances, can be completed without needing to instruct a conveyancing solicitor .
This guide is for anyone thinking of completing the transfer of equity process themselves, or for anyone seeking a more detailed understanding of what is involved.
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A 'transfer of equity' is when an existing owner of a property adds or removes one or more people to the title (ownership) of the property.
You might, for example, decide to transfer equity if you:
- Sell your share in a property
- Buy out an ex-partner after a separation
- Buy out a joint owner
- Adding a new spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner to the deeds of your home
- Gift a property (or share in a property) to a child, spouse, civil partner or other family member
How to gift a property to a child, spouse, civil partner or family member
There are two types of property transfer
Full transfer of ownership.
If you are gifting the property in its entirety to another person (e.g. a child or family member), you would be transferring full ownership of the property.
Part transfer of ownership
If, for example, you are the sole owner of a property, and you want to transfer a share (e.g. 50%) in the property to your partner, spouse, child or someone else, you would be transferring part ownership of the property.
The basic property transfer process is the same in most cases, whether you are transferring full or part ownership.
What is the legal process for transferring ownership in a property?
Transferring equity in a property is a legal process. This process is normally completed by a conveyancing solicitor and is usually a quick and inexpensive process .
The process can get complicated - especially if there is a mortgage or if the property is leasehold. If there is an existing mortgage which will not be paid off at the point of transfer, the lender will require you to instruct a conveyancing solicitor to complete the transfer .
If there is not a mortgage, you could complete the transfer process yourself. However, it is critical that the transfer and registration process is completed correctly, as any errors could have legal and tax implications.
Using a conveyancing solicitor will ensure that no technical or legal mistakes are made .
The process for completing a transfer of equity is as follows:
1. Complete a Change the Register (AP1) form
This standard form is used to notify HM Land Registry (HMLR) of the change of ownership in the property:
Change the Register (AP1) form
2. Complete the correct transfer form (TR1 or TP1)
If you are transferring full ownership of the property, you need to download and complete the:
Registered title(s): whole transfer (TR1) form .
If you are transferring part ownership of the property, you need to download and complete the:
Registered titles: part transfer (TP1) form .
3. Complete a Certificate of Identity Form (ID1) form
You will need to prove who you are to HM Land Registry. To verify your identity, you will need to download and complete the:
Certificate of identity for a private individual (ID1) Form .
4. Calculate the HM Land Registry fee
The fee payable to HM Land Registry will depend on the type of application. To calculate the correct fee see: HMLR Fee Calculator .
5. Send the completed forms to HM Land Registry
Your solicitor will send the completed forms and the correct fee to:
HM Land Registry Citizen Centre PO Box 74 Gloucester GL14 9BB
Common transfer of equity FAQ's
How do i add my spouse or partner to my property deeds.
To make your spouse or partner a joint owner of the property, you will need to add them to the legal title. You will need to decide how the property is to be shared (e.g. a 50/50) between you, and complete the various documentation and HM Land Registry forms.
How do I add a spouse or partner to my property deeds?
How do I gift my property to a child or family member?
The most common reason for people transferring ownership of a property to a family member is to minimise or negate Inheritance Tax (IHT). If the full ownership of the property is being transferred and no money is changing hands, this is referred to as gifting the property.
IHT is not usually payable if the deceased previous owner (e.g. the parent) lives for 7 years after the property is transferred. If the previous owner dies before the 7-year time limit, tax may be due.
If you are transferring a property as a gift, you can follow the procedure above and complete the TR1 form.
How do I remove someone from the property deeds?
You may decide to remove someone from the title of the property following a divorce or separation, or where friends or family have bought a property together and someone wishes to be released from ownership.
In this example, the outgoing owner may decide to transfer their equity to the remaining owner.
The transfer process would be carried out as described above.
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How do I transfer equity in the property after a joint owner has died?
In most cases where two people jointly own a property, the surviving owner will become the sole owner of a property when the other owner dies. The transfer of equity process will need to be completed.
The surviving owner will need to complete a Deceased Joint Proprietor (DJP) Form to notify HM Land Registry (HMLR) that one of the joint owners of a property has died.
This form can only be used when there is at least one surviving owner of the property. The DJP form will remove the name of the deceased person from the property's registered title.
You will also need to send an official copy of the death certificate when you send in this form to HMLR.
Deceased Joint Proprietor (DJP) Form
How do I transfer equity if there is a mortgage on the property?
It is usually possible to transfer ownership of a property with a mortgage, however, the process is more complex and can take longer to complete.
If there is an existing mortgage which will not be paid off at the point of transfer, you will need to obtain the lender's consent for the transfer. Essentially, this is a remortgage, so the lender will need to ensure that the incoming joint owner meets their lending criteria.
The lender will require you to instruct a conveyancing solicitor to complete the transfer .
To ensure their interests are protected, the mortgage lender will also need legal representation. In most cases your conveyancing solicitor will also be able to act for the lender.
You should check that your solicitor is on the lender's panel of approved solicitors at the start of the process.
When you get a Quittance transfer of equity quote , you can include the legal work for the remortgage as part of the quote.
Can I transfer equity without a solicitor?
Yes. However, even if no money is changing hands, transferring property can be a complex process .
Whatever the circumstances of the transfer, there may also be Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Inheritance Tax (IHT) implications.
Instructing a conveyancing solicitor to carry out the conveyancing process ensures that you are legally protected and ensures that the legal transfer is completed correctly . Transfer of equity conveyancing is inexpensive and prevents costly potential errors.
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How we can help you
Whether you are gifting a property to a child, getting married or separating, or transferring equity for any other reason, our solicitor panel can help make the process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
If you are also planning to remortgage as part of the transfer process, the remortgage legal work can be completed at the same time as your transfer of equity.
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This Is Who Should Consider Getting a Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed By the End of the Year
Part of planning for the future involves getting your estate in order , and determining who you want your assets to pass to when you die. If you have real estate property, and want it to transfer to loved ones without passing through probate, a transfer on death (TOD) deed may be the answer. Because a TOD deed, also known as a beneficiary deed, bypasses probate, it can simplify the inheritance process and reduce costs for your loved ones.
Consider working with a financial advisor as you plan how your estate will be distributed upon your death.
What Is a Transfer on Death (TOD) Deed?
TOD deeds are legal documents that can be filed in local land records offices, and do not require the notice of the beneficiary, though it’s probably a good idea to give them a heads up. Each state has its own requirements as to what the deed entails. TOD deeds are offered in 27 states (and D.C.).
These deeds are revocable once filed. Beneficiaries have no ownership claim to your property while you’re still alive. You maintain full control of the property, including responsibility for any mortgage debt , taxes, liens and the like. Once you pass away, the property will transfer to your named beneficiary, along with any debts attached to it.
A TOD deed includes much of the same information that can be found on typical real estate deeds, including:
The owner’s name
The property’s address
A detailed description of the property
It will also name the person you want to take possession of your property when you pass away, as well as include a statement indicating that you retain possession until your death.
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How Transfer on Death Deeds Work
A transfer on death deed is quite simple: you just name the person (or persons) who you want to inherit your property after you pass away. Once this document is signed and filed with your local land records office, it is considered valid until replaced or revoked. In the meantime, nothing else changes: You continue to own your home, make applicable mortgage payments, pay property taxes , make repairs and the like.
You can even sell, refinance, rent out or mortgage the property, if you so choose. The TOD deed does not give your beneficiary any control over or claim to your property while you’re still living.
When you die, ownership of the property will pass automatically and immediately to your beneficiary, along with any mortgage balance, liens or judgments on the property. It does not need to pass through probate , and it is not considered a gift (so gift taxes don’t apply).
In order to claim the property, your beneficiary will likely need to provide a death certificate. Depending on your state, they may also need a sworn affidavit. The requirements of this affidavit will vary from one state to the next, so he or she will need to consider the laws of the state in which the property is located.
Transfer on death deeds are not available in every state. Eligibility also depends on the state where the property is located, not where the owner or beneficiary resides.
Currently, TOD deeds (or similar alternatives) are offered in 27 states and the District of Columbia: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. (In Michigan, a Lady Bird deed offers similar benefits.)
Pros and Cons of a Transfer on Death Deed
Before signing a transfer on death deed, there are a few things to keep in mind.
You retain ownership while you’re still alive . Your beneficiary only takes over once you pass away; until then, you make all decisions about your property, and can even sell it if you choose. This makes a TOD deed a better choice than, say, adding someone as a joint owner on your property. (In that case, you would need their permission before selling, refinancing , mortgaging or even improving the home.)
It is revocable . If you choose to withdraw or revoke your transfer on death deed, you can do so at any time. You can also replace an existing TOD deed with a new one, if desired.
It’s simple . Establishing a transfer on death deed is easy. It just requires signing the document and filing with your county land records office. You don’t even need to let the beneficiary know you’ve done it.
Anyone can be named you beneficiary . You can use a transfer on death deed to pass property to anyone when you die. This includes family members , friends, other loved ones or even charitable causes.
Joint ownership takes precedence . If the property is jointly owned with someone else, that ownership supersedes a TOD deed. The property will instead transfer to the other owner if you pass away. Once they also pass away, the TOD deed will go into effect (if still valid).
If your beneficiary dies first, your property goes to probate anyway . If you pass away along with or after your beneficiary, and don’t have a backup beneficiary named, your property will go through probate with the rest of your estate.
The Bottom Line
A TOD deed can be used to transfer real estate property to others after you pass away. Because a TOD deed bypasses probate, it can simplify the inheritance process and reduce costs for your loved ones. While a TOD deed doesn’t fall under the gift tax umbrella, there are still estate tax implications to consider and the property can be subject to inheritance taxes . If you do not already have a trust established, however, and want to avoid your property moving through probate after you pass away, consider whether a TOD deed could be the right choice.
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- What is an Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed?
What is an interspousal transfer grant deed ?
What purpose does it serve?
Why should a married couple living in California should be aware of this tool when it comes to owning real property?
In this blog post we explain the use of an intefspousal grant deed and how it can help minimize some of the inevitable challenges that end up arising between spouses encounter serious financial difficulties or the marriage ends.
California, Property, and Transmutation
California is a community property state . That means that once a couple is married, all property, subject to a few exceptions, is deemed community property and belongs to each spouse equally. Therefore, most property and income that each spouse gains during the marriage belongs to the community, with each spouse having an equal share in that property. This includes real property.
- Transmutation is the process by which spouses can change the character of property from community property to separate property or vice versa. This change in property characterization can have implications for property rights and taxes.
Making Transmutations Effective:
- For a transmutation to be legally effective, it must be in writing and contain an express declaration that is made or accepted by the spouse whose property interest is being affected negatively.
- The spouse who is losing the community property interest must acknowledge in writing that they accept the transmutation of the property to the separate property of the other spouse.
Using the Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed for Transmutation:
One practical way to achieve a transmutation from community property to separate property or vice versa is through an Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed . This deed is particularly useful because:
- It is considered an interspousal transfer rather than a change in ownership. As a result, it does not trigger property reassessment for property tax purposes.
- The transfer is typically exempt from property transfer taxes.
When is the Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed Used?
This legal tool is commonly used in the following scenarios:
- Divorce Proceedings: When property is being allocated to one spouse as part of a divorce settlement, the other spouse can use an Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed to transfer their interest without tax consequences.
- Financial Hardships: If one spouse’s financial difficulties are negatively affecting the other spouse’s credit, they may use this deed to transfer property and separate their financial interests.
- Estate Planning: It can also be used in estate planning to ensure that specific real property assets are inherited by a particular spouse.
In summary, an Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed is a valuable legal instrument that allows married couples in California to transfer property between spouses while maintaining certain tax advantages and legal protections. It is commonly used during divorce proceedings, financial challenges, and estate planning. Understanding and utilizing this tool can help couples navigate complex real estate matters effectively.
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Possession enough to prove ownership of property that does not require registration: Karnataka HC
Possession is enough to prove the ownership of a property that does not require registration under the Transfer of Property Act , the Karnataka High Court (HC) has ruled.
Section 54 of the Transfer of Property Act established that registration of property papers is not mandatory in case the worth of the immovable property is only up to Rs 100. This means that in such cases the rule of delivery of possession would apply.
The HC made this observation while dismissing an appeal filed by one Ganappa, who had sought his claim on his maternal grandfather’s land, measuring 1 acre 30 guntas. In his petition, Ganappa argued that his mother was his grandfather’s only daughter and the absolute owner of the land. He alleged that the current occupier’s father had forged property documents dated November 1963 and took possession of the property. In his plea, Ganappa sought permanent injunction against the property occupier. Documentary proof showed that the sale deed did not require registration since the value of the property at that point was Rs 100.
“It is a trite law that sale of an immovable property of value of less than Rs 100 can be made either by registered document or by delivery of possession. In such cases, vendee acquires complete title by mere delivery of possession of the property. In such cases, vendee acquires complete title by mere delivery of possession of the property. (The) Fact that there is in addition an unregistered sale deed cannot affect the good title acquired by him. Therefore, if there is a physical delivery of possession, an unregistered deed would not be rendered nugatory, only on account of existence of an unregistered sale deed,” the HC said while dismissing Ganappa’s plea.
The HC added that if possession has been delivered because sale deed registration is not required, the buyer can fall back upon the title by delivery of possession although the unregistered sale deed by itself does not convey title.
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