Transfer of Land & Freehold Property
The Registrar advises any potential buyer to search the Land Register and obtain independent legal advice.
Whilst Land Registry staff can help with undertaking searches, they cannot provide legal advice. The fees and duties currently payable on the purchase of a freehold property include the Land Registry Fee, States of Guernsey Document Duty and States of Alderney Conge. Document Duty Fees [326kb] Land Registry Fees [103kb]
To register a transfer you need to lodge the required forms and fees payable with the Registrar. The forms needed are:
- Form A, the application form to change or amend the register
- Form B, the transfer form
The Form B must be witnessed by one of the following people: a member of the Land Registry staff in Alderney, a Guernsey Advocate, a Solicitor in the United Kingdom or a Notary Public in any other country.
Transfers of Land must also be accompanied by a Proof of Identity Form for both the buyer(s) and the seller(s) involved.
- An Individual person uses the Form C
- A corporate body uses the Form D
Both forms require a passport size photo, a passport or Guernsey/UK driving licence and a recent utility bill. For the Form D the corporate body also needs to include proof of the Corporation's existence.
The Form C or D can be witnessed by one of the following people: Land Registry staff in Alderney, an Estate Agent in Alderney, a Guernsey Advocate, a Solicitor in the United Kingdom or a Notary Public in any other Country.
A person whose citizenship is NOT in the UK, an EEC or Commonwealth Country needs to make an Application pursuant to the Loi Relative a L'Acquisition de Propriete Immobliere en Cette Ile Par des Etrangers ou par des Societes Etrangers, 1906. The Law can be viewed at: http://www.guernseylegalresources.gg For the procedure to apply for this please contact an Advocate. The Guernsey Bar Association provides a list of Advocates: http://www.guernseybar.com
Land Registry forms can be downloaded here.