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LAND REGISTRATION, ENGLAND AND WALES
4th July 1990
Laid before Parliament
6th July 1990
Coming into force
3rd December 1990
The Lord Chancellor, with the advice and assistance of the Rule Committee appointed in pursuance of section 144 of the Land Registration Act 1925(1), in exercise of the powers conferred on him by that section and section 5(4) and 5(6) of the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983(2), hereby makes the following rules:–
1. These rules may be cited as the Land Registration (Matrimonial Homes) Rules 1990 and shall come into force on 3rd December 1990.
2.—(1) In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires:–
“The 1967 Act” means the Matrimonial Homes Act 1967(3);
“The 1983 Act” means the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983;
“proper office” means the district land registry designated as the proper office by Article 2(2) of the Land Registration (District Registries) Order 1989(4);
(2) A form referred to by number means the form so numbered in the Schedule to these rules.
3. An application in pursuance of section 2(8) of the 1983 Act to register a notice shall be made in Form 99 to the proper office and, if at the date of the application an order has been made by virtue of section 2(4) of that Act, the application shall be accompanied by an official copy of the order for filing in the Registry.
4.—(1) Where a notice has been registered in pursuance of section 2(7) of the 1967 Act or section 2(8) of the 1983 Act or, before 14th February 1983, a caution has been registered in pursuance of section 2(7) of the 1967 Act, an application to renew the registration under paragraph (a) of section 5(3) of the 1983 Act shall be made in Form 100 to the proper office and shall be accompanied by an official copy of the order referred to in the said paragraph (a) for filing in the Registry.
(2) If the registrar is satisfied that the application is in order he shall renew the registration by entering on the register a further notice or caution, as the case may require.
5. Where, before 14th February 1983, a caution has been registered in pursuance of section 2(7) of the 1967 Act, the registrar shall not be required, on the application of the proprietor of the land to which the caution relates, to serve the notice referred to in rule 218 of the Land Registration Rules 1925(5) except upon production of:
(a)a release in writing of the rights of occupation protected by the caution; or
(b)a statutory declaration that, as to the whole or any part of the land to which the caution relates, no charge under section 2 of the 1983 Act or section 2 of the 1967 act has ever arisen or, if such a charge has arisen, it is no longer subsisting.
6.—(1) Where registered land which consists of or includes a dwelling house is subject to a registered charge, or to a mortgage which is protected by a notice of caution in accordance with section 106(3) of the Land Registration Act 1925(6), the proprietor of the registered charge, or as the case may be the mortgagee, may apply for an official certificate of the result of a search of the register for the purpose of section 8(4) of the 1983 Act.
(2) An application under paragraph (1) shall be in Form 106 and shall be delivered in duplicate at the proper office.
(3) An official certificate giving the result of the search shall be issued in the form set out under the heading “Official Certificate of Result of Search” in Form 106.
7. The Land Registration (Matrimonial Homes) Rules 1983(7) are hereby revoked.
Mackay of Clashfern, C.
Dated 4th July 1990
Rules 3, 4 and 6
(This note is not part of the Rules)
These Rules, which replace the Land Registration (Matrimonial Homes) Rules 1983, make provision for the protection by notice of a charge in respect of a spouse’s rights of occupation under the Matrimonial Homes Act 1983 in relation to registered land. The Rules also make provision and prescribe revised forms for applications to register and renew such notices and for renewal of cautions, entered before 14th February 1983, to protect a spouse’s rights of occupation. They also re-state the circumstances in which the Chief Land Registrar may be required to serve a notice warning off an existing caution protecting a spouse’s rights of occupation.
The Rules prescribe that a proprietor of a registered chargee or a mortgagee may requisition an official search of the register in the prescribed form to ascertain whether any such caution or notice has been registered and also prescribe the form of the official certificate of the result of search.
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