Do I have to get Land Registry Priority Searches

Moving forward to completion and registering your ownership without conducting the Priority Searches is potentially risky as the search re-confirms that the seller has the right to sell the property to you and shows whether anyone has applied any charges to, or acquired any rights on the property since the original searches were carried out, which can be weeks or sometimes months earlier.

Once the Priority Search comes back ‘clear’ (i.e. it doesn’t show anything of concern) then you get the added benefit of ‘priority’ for 30 days, which ensures that you get exclusive rights on the title of the property and no one can make any further changes to the register before you are registered as the new owner. For this reason, we, like probably all solicitors and conveyancers, undertake this check to protect your interests.

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