There are various options available to protect interests under a deed of trust. Several types of restriction are expanded upon below to allow you to fully understand their relevance and application. The Land Registry have provided guidance with regard to the entry of restrictions and the elements that are relevant to trusts are reproduced below.
Restrictions prohibit the making of an entry in respect of a disposition or a disposition of a specified kind. The prohibition may be indefinite or for a specified period and it may be absolute or conditional on something happening (for example on the consent of a third party being obtained).
The term ‘disposition’ is not defined in the Land Registration Act 2002. Most restrictions refer to dispositions by the proprietor of the registered estate or of a registered charge, implying some action by that proprietor to make the disposition.
A restriction makes it apparent from the register that either the powers of the relevant proprietor are limited, or that a prior condition must be met before a disposition can be registered.
Once entered, a restriction will remain in the register until it is cancelled or withdrawn. Restrictions are not automatically cancelled following a disposition, although the Land Registry may cancel any restriction that has clearly become superfluous.
A Form A restriction is the minimum that should be placed on the register for the reasons discussed below. If you require further protection for your interests then one of the further restrictions detailed below may be appropriate. Please note that we do not charge for assisting with the completion of applications to register a restriction but the Land Registry do levy a charge for all applications other than those to register a Form A restriction.
Details of costs are included with each respective type of restriction discussed below and you can find further details of Land Registry fees here. Please note that the current fee for a standard form restriction is £40.