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What your solicitor is telling you seems very unusual. Having done conveyancing for over 10 years it is usual practice that if you are acting for a purchaser who is buying a property that is unregistered, the vendors solicitors send the title deeds and documents to your solicitor and he will check that all are in order, he will require the deeds to go back 15 years for him to be able to register the property. He will also do a search to ensure that there are no charges against the property. Your solicitor will know on checking the title to the property if it is all in order and with regards XXXXX XXXXX there should be plans with the title deeds outlining the boundary to the property which you can check yourself.
It is usual practice that when you have completed your purchase the property will be registered at the Land Registry by your solicitor which will be at the same time that it is registered into your name. The cost of the registration depends on the value of the property and this could range between £200 to £400 and this is a cost that the purchaser bares not the vendor.