What is a Lease Plan?

A Land Registry Compliant Lease Plan is a drawing which accompanies a lease document. It illustrates in visual form what areas of a building or land are demised to the lessee, what areas are communal and any other rights of access that may affect the property.

The land registry require certain conditions to be met in order for it to be compliant:

  • It should show a detailed plan of the property drawn to a metric scale (such as 1:100 or 1:200).
  • It must have a site plan, at 1:1250 showing where the property sits in relation to the surrounding area.
  • There must be a north point.
  • Colour coding accompanied by a key should denote the different areas (so for example, red for the demised area, green or blue for communal areas, brown for rights of access etc. These can vary based on the wording of the lease document).

For properties that have existing leases but that need new lease plan drawings (in the case of a lease renewel for example) it is normal to create a new plan which is Land Registry compliant and also corresponds to the wording in the original lease document.

For new leases, it tends to be more common for the leaseplanner to denote the areas in a standard format, then await instructions from solicitors as to whether they require any additional information on the plan. It really helps to have an experienced plan provider who has drawn hundreds of plans successfully. It cuts down the time between solicitor approval and plans getting sent to the Land Registry. I’m very good at getting things right first time.  From my many years experience, I am used to devising the most effective illustration method for complicated access issues, ensuring that nothing gets missed.

If you’d like more information on what a lease plan is, whether you need one, or what yours might entail, I’d be very happy to help. Call on 07795 565853 or email email@leaseplansonline.co.uk

Crouch End Leaseplan

I’ve recently carried out a land registry compliant lease plan in Crouch End, which was very handy as that’s where I’m based! It was wonderful to walk to a job and then be able to drop off the finished plans in person.

I received a call at 9.50pm from a lady who had been let down by another supplier. She needed an urgent lease plan to be drawn the next day in N8 and I was able to book it in and confirm that evening. (One of the benefits of dealing with an independent person rather than a large company). I had a look over the plan that had been provided to her by the other supplier and I’m afraid to say it had not been done well – there were numerous mistakes on the plan which could have caused real issues in the future if they hadn’t been spotted. They had missed off her basement, outlined the wrong building on the site plan, not shown the communal areas and got the scale wrong. I don’t like being negative about competitors but they had done such a bad job I thought it was worth mentioning.

I took over production of the lease plans and was able to provide her with a lease plan for the upstairs flat and a corrected version of the one she’d already had done (all for a very reasonable fee). The whole project was completed in 48 hours from initial contact to printed, scaled copies going to her solicitor.

Very happy client and a happy leaseplanner! If you need a lease plan, give me a call on 07795 565853.

Plans for flats

My latest Lease Plan job was creating land registry compliant plans for a property developer in Surrey. I never know what I’m going to find at a site (and the range is extreme – from a basement shop with no electricity and no floor to one of the most expensive flats in London opposite Harrods). On this job, I found a lovely property developer and 14 flats which were just at the fit-out stage.

With builders still on site the developer proudly showed me round his project. He clearly cares deeply about the flats he’s building and I think he’s done a lovely job. Each individual flat is a well planned space, and the carefully considered communal areas will, I think, add a feeling of community to the development once the flats have been occupied.

A central courtyard open to the sky gives the block an almost Italianate feel. Not an easy thing to achieve from something that used to be a town centre office.  The flats range from an impressive top floor two bed with views of higgledipiggledy rooftops of the town with the Surrey hills in the distance to a more affordable one bed with well proportioned rooms that make good use of the space and available light.

I think this developer is doing a great job at turning unused commercial spaces into appealing, affordable homes. I look forward to seeing his future projects.