From 2003 for both new leases and those sold
or assigned with a term of 7 years or more to run require a Land
Registry Lease Plan drawn to the Land Registry specification. This
was brought in because in many cases the plans attached to leases
were of such poor quality that the property could not be accurately
identified and too many disputes were occurring.
Therefore in most cases when you grant a new lease you will need a lease
plan. Lease plans drawn before 2003 will not usually be Land Registry
compliant as they require the following.
1] The plan should be accurate and drawn to
a preferred metric scale
2] A North point must be included as well as all changes in levels.
3] It should have enough detail to enable it to be located on an OS map.
4] No disclaimers should be present.
5] It should show the whole of the property and define the extent of
6] When the property is below ground or consists of airspace it should
be shown with reference to adjacent stories.
A very common difficulty is caused when photocopying
plans or printing from PDFs because, unless care is taken, the
scale of the plan can be altered by these processes. All of our
plans have advice on how best to avoid this.