Question: How do I change the name on my Uncle’s House Deeds?
My Uncle who has recently passed away, had no children and has left his property to myself (I am his niece). I have been given the House Deeds to the property by the Solicitor who took care of my Uncle’s Will but now I have no idea how to change the name on the deed so that the House is in my name. I am thinking of selling the Property, I reckon I can get 220k for it or that’s what I have been told anyway.
But how can I sell the Property if my name is not on the House Deeds? I am in a rush also, as I would like to sell preferably sooner rather than later.
The House Deeds look really old as well, look like they are about to fall apart, so I am not sure what to do or if it’s possible to get a new copy of the House Deeds.
The Answer from Solicitors Online
Hi Karen, thanks for your question.
Questions on House Deeds and change of name and details such as yours are very popular. When it comes to Houses and House deeds, it’s important to know that we have two kinds of Houses in the UK. The first is a property on a Registered land, the second on Unregistered land.
A Registered land property has had its House Deeds registered at what is known as the UK Land Registry. Their job is to keep an up to date register of who owns what property and a record of the important information kept in House Deeds regarding each House in the UK, such as prior owners of the property.
The UK Land Registry also shows any third party interests that there may be in the property. This will be of interest to you as someone who is now inheriting the House. Essentially it’s a public record of Property Ownership. So in terms of proving that you own a House, if its a Registered land property your name would have to be recorded as owner of the property with the Land Registry.
Unregistered land is property which has not had it’s House Deeds and ownership records registered with the Land Registry yet. Current record of ownership of the Property can only be known by examination of the House deeds documents. Your Uncle’s House could be either Unregistered or Registered.
You could find out whether the House is Registered in two ways.
1) By looking at the House Deeds documents that you have and seeing if there is a document known as Registered title that displays evidence that House has been with the Land Registry. Such document where available, is an indication that House has been registered already with the Land Registry, so you should contact them directly.
2) Secondly you can contact the UK Land Registry, to run a search on their database of Registered Properties, and I am sure they can advise you on this.
How to Transfer the House Deeds into your name for Unregistered land
If your Uncle’s House is Unregistered and you want it transferred to your name, a document called an “Assent” would need to be signed by the Executor or Administrator of your Uncle’s will. So please check with the Solicitor who administered your Uncle’ will, and ask them to prepare an “Assent” document to transfer the House over to you.
How to Transfer the House Deeds into your name for Registered land
If your Uncle’s House is a Registered land, the transfer of the property over to you will need to be made on the Land Registry records in accordance with Section 27 of the Land Registration Act 2002. This is a process that normally involves sending through copies of the House Deeds documents that you have, the evidence of the will, your inheritance and filling in of the appropriate forms with the Land Registry.
If you need legal advice on House Deeds, you can speak to one of our Solicitors online right now.