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Conveyancing and land law are significantly linked. Conveyancing is a legal process undertaken to transfer land from one to another. Due to the unique and complex nature of land, conveyancing is more involved than purchasing goods. There are two types of land in England and Wales: registered and unregistered land. Starting with the collective 1925 legislation, and more particularly the Land Registration Act 1925, Parliament sought to create a nation-wide register, within which all land, its owners and interests affecting that land, would be recorded. This would make it significantly easier for purchasers to investigate land they intended to purchase. In 1925, only land in London could be required to be registered. Since then, registration has been expanded to cover all of England and Wales. Although unregistered land can be registered voluntarily, registration is only required when certain transactions take place concerning the land – for example when it is sold.
As a result of these current rules of registration, a significant amount of land remains unregistered. If land is unregistered, in order to buy or sell it, the title deeds conveyancing process must be used. This page will provide an overview of the process.
A brief overview of title deeds conveyancing
In order to sell a parcel of unregistered land, a vendor must firstly find a purchaser. That vendor, in advertising his property for sale, is claiming that he has the right to sell that land...
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