Remove deceased owner from title (HMLR Form DJP)
This website contains several attempts to explain the English and Welsh legal system’s scheme for joint ownership of property – for more details see:
1. Declaration of Trust product
2. Joint Ownership form
3. Second Trustee Services
Nevertheless, and despite our best efforts, most lay-people (and many professionals!) still find the scheme bewildering and difficult to predict – so don’t feel bad if these short explanations seem like gibberish to you!
There is no reason to keep the name of anyone who is dead registered at HM Land Registry as a joint owner of property in English and Welsh law. Their name can easily be removed in some subsequent transaction on proof of their death. This product is for our preparation, submission, and liaison of the correct form to HM Land Registry for the removal of a deceased former joint-owner from a registered title, i.e. ahead of any other transaction on which that might have occurred in any case.
How long will it take?
We don’t generally do anything for new clients until our process of client retention has concluded – this involves agreeing the scope of what we are doing for the price (our terms are below), setting-up our client record (that includes ID checks), and producing the bill (payment in advance is required for all new clients).
After that, the production of the form is a job that we can undertake in less than an hour once we can schedule it in our workflow, that can depend on how busy we are at any particular time. We would not usually take-on a job for which we could not engage within about a working week.
The completed form will then need to be submitted to HM Land Registry for registration. The time HM Land Registry take to process registrations varies greatly, depending on how busy they are, and the type of application. This type of simple application is often processed very quickly, up to “next day”; however, some applications appear to languish awaiting HM Land Registry attention; in 2021 some applications were taking about 6 months to be registered – and some types of application can take even longer than that, unfortunately. However, once submitted HM Land Registry process applications on any title in order of submission - so their delay ought not to affect the priority of your application relative to other matters on that title.
Your supplier is CLC-regulated Mounteney Conveyancers, that charges VAT some customers may be able to reclaim
We charge £150 + VAT = £180 (there is no HMLR Fee)
There is more about our fees on our website here
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