Manorial rights are one of the more arcane aspects of land law, but that doesn’t mean they can be ignored, particularly with a Land Registry deadline for their registration looming.
What are they?
Why does it matter now?
Do I have to do anything?
There are two sets of circumstances that demand action.
The first is if you believe that you have the benefit of manorial rights. This is not an exercise for the fainthearted and is likely to require persistence. It is not simply a question of writing to the Land Registry with your claim; the Registry will need to see convincing evidence of, for example, your title to the manorial rights claimed and the previous copyhold status of affected land. The starting point may be a deed of enfranchisement that shows a reservation of particular rights in favour of the lord of the manor.
The second is if you receive a notification from the Land Registry or someone else who claims that they hold, for example, the rights to the minerals under your land. In the case of the Church Commissioners, we are seeing notices from the Land Registry that the Church has applied to register its ownership of mines and minerals under land held by someone else.
In either of these cases, you should take specialist legal advice about your options. In the first instance call your usual contact at Roythornes, or call Julie Robinson on 01775 842618.