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House Property Deeds (Certificate Fees)

Volume 409: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1945

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that whereas house property is covered by the War Damage Insurance Scheme, the deeds of such property are not covered by insurance; and whether he will waive the fees for certificates from the land registrar in cases where the loss, by enemy action, can be certified by a responsible person.

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part, I assume my hon. Friend to have in mind cases where the owner has already registered before the deeds are destroyed and after their destruction wishes to obtain a new certificate. In such cases the fee for supplying the new certificate is £1, which compares with a fee of two guineas and the additional sum of £2 10s. 0d., or £3 10s. 0d. in non-compulsory areas, for advertisement charged in the case of a certificate lost or destroyed otherwise than by enemy action. I see no reason to waive this small charge.