LOD-02 Lodging of Documents

Version 1 - 08/09/2017

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1 Overview

Documents being lodged in paper format with Landgate must be the originally signed document/s. Photocopies or copies of document/s certified by another party are not accepted for lodgement, only originally signed documents can be lodged.

In most instances only one originally signed document can be lodged, however if you are lodging a lease, sub-lease, a power of attorney or an enduring power of attorney, a second originally signed document may be lodged. Where a second originally signed document is accepted for lodgement, the second document will be returned to the lodging party as an official duplicate or client original document at the completion of the registration process.

Documents may be lodged in person in the Midland or Perth Offices between the hours of 8.30 am and 4.30 pm only.

Documents can also be lodged by posting the original documents to Landgate, refer to section 3 below for further information on postal lodgements.

Customers must pay the document lodgement/registration fee when the document is presented to Landgate for lodgement. Documents are not accepted for lodgement without the payment of fees (where fees are payable).

It is the responsibility of the person/s lodging the documents to make sure the documents have been completed correctly before they are presented for lodgement. The "lodgement acceptability guide and checklist" are publications provided to assist lodging parties to ensure documents have been completed correctly.

2 Lodgement Acceptability Check

All paper documents presented to Landgate for lodgement are subject to a preliminary check to ensure the document has been filled out correctly and the basic information provided in the document is correct.

The preliminary check is known as the Lodgement Acceptability Check "LAC".

LAC occurs when a paper document is presented for lodgement, prior to the payment of any registration fee (if applicable). Documents that pass the LAC check are accepted for lodgement and the registration fee (if any) must be paid at this time.

Documents presented for lodgement that do not pass the LAC check will not be accepted for lodgement and are returned to the lodging party to correct any defect identified through the LAC process.

The LAC process reviews paper documents for correctness in the following general criteria:

- lodging party details

- duplicate titles provided (where applicable)

- panels in documents completed including a correct consideration panel (where included)

- tenancy shown in transferee panels of transfer documents

- verification of Identity (VOI)

- original signing of documents

- signing/execution with evidence where required

- witnessing

- letters of explanation are originally signed

- consent/s provided are original (where applicable)

- documents are duty noted or duty certificate provided (where applicable)

The best way to ensure documents being presented to Landgate are completed correctly is to check the registration and document requirements set out in Landgate’s guides, including:

- How To guides

- Lodgement Acceptability Guide and checklist

- A guide to basic requirements for the preparation of paper documents

When a document is processed for lodgement, the lodging party will be provided with a receipt which notes the document reference number/s, timeclock priority of the document, payment details and a Landgate customer service contact phone number.

All enquiries relating to the processing of the document/s can be made by phoning the customer service phone number provided on the receipt.

In completing the lodgement process, the title/s the subject of the new document/s accepted for lodgement are flagged to note there is now current action on the particular titles detailed in each document.

This flagging of the title/s provides a warning to any person searching a title for current information, that there is new action pending on a particular title and there may be changes pending, following the processing of the registration of the newly lodged document/s.

3 Lodging a Series of Documents (Joint Lodgement)

Where a number of different lodging parties are wishing to lodge a series of documents together, over the same title/s and each lodging party requires a separate receipt for each of their particular document/s, the lodging process is as follows:

- The lodging parties need to liaise together to organise the document order so documents are presented for lodgement in the correct order for registration.

- Each document must be individually numbered to indicate the order of lodgement and to also indicate the total number of documents being lodged together. For example, if there are 5 documents in total, the first document is noted 1/5, the second 2/5 and so on. The notation is shown in the "instruct if any documents are to issue to other than the lodging party" panel on the front page of each document.

- The documents are presented for lodgement by each individual lodging party in the same order as the numbering of the documents.

- Each document is then checked for LAC and if correct will be lodged and receipted individually, once all of the documents have passed the LAC check.

- As documents are being lodged together at the same time, the usual letter of consent for follower dealings are not required.

The Registration System will identify all of the unregistered documents that have been lodged against the same title/s at the examination stage and will amalgamate all of the documents numbered as part of a series and process them altogether.

If any document in the case is subject to a requisition, a notice will be issued to all of the lodging parties in the case, so each lodging party is aware of the issues that have been identified and may affect the registration of their document.

4 Lodgement by Post

Documents may be lodged by post.

Any person posting documents to Landgate should provide a letter with the originally signed documents, that includes information such as the lodging person’s contact details and notes the documentation being provided by post, together with any other relevant information.

Registration fees must be included with every document that is lodged by post, otherwise documents cannot be accepted for lodgement. Fees can be paid by cheque or money order made payable to "Landgate" or by charging to a credit card. Click on the link to download the Credit Card Payment Authority form.

Any duplicate title or evidence being returned from Landgate by post will be posted out using normal mail. Should persons lodging documents by post require the return of any documentation (including duplicate titles) by registered or another form of post, the lodging party must provide the appropriate pre-paid self-addressed envelope or satchel to Landgate at lodgement.

The postal address for document lodgement is:

Landgate

Document Lodgement Section

P O Box 2222

MIDLAND WA 6936

5 Also see

- LOD-01 Lodging of Electronic Documents

- REG-04 Rectification in the Register and on Instruments (after Registration)


This page was last updated on: 28 Aug 2018