One such attempt is the Land Registration Act 2002 which was seen as the successor of the Land Registration Act 1925 (Francis, 2013).1
The land registration Act of 2002 was based on the earlier UK land laws such as the land registration Act of 1925. Although the Land Registration Act 2002 meant to improve on the issues of the Land Registration Act 1925, it still has many issues which would need to be taken care of. Critics see the Land Registration Act 2002 as still based on archaic property ownership principles, making it hard for the Land Registration Act 2002 to be able to solve modern challenges of property ownership. Some of the issues with Land registration Act 2002 are as follows;
Under the Land Registration Act 2002, landlords have a header time dealing with registrations issues. This is especially while dealing with tenants who are not represented by a legal professional. To avoid issues, most landlords will have to avoid leasing their land for more than seven years.
The Land Registration Act 2002 also requires that land owners and leasers to unregister any leases once they expire. The issue with this is the fact that most small scale owners may not be careful enough to waste their time to go unregistered expired leases. This means that the Land Register will not have data that completely reflects the status of land ownership because expired leases, which have not been unregistered from the land register, will be seen as still active. This is similar with so many other issues in the land registry that fail to give a more accurate situation of the land ownership in the country.
The Land Registration Act 2002 introduced a major problem with regard to the way the land is registered. For instance, the act allows for anyone to object to a registration as long as he has a reliable ground. While this is intended to solve some ownership problems, the issue with it is that people of ill will can use it to thwart land ownership by other people. This is ...