Free Land Registry Search Online
The purpose of this article is to describe what type of information can be obtained for free from the Land Registry, and what type of information is charged for.
Free Land Registry Information
The Land Registry do make available a considerable amount of information for free. This includes all of their Practice Guides, Land Registry Forms and House Price Data.
The Land Registry Practice Guides explain about different services the Land Registry offer, what they mean and how to use them. Some of these go into remarkable detail and some are supported with helpful videos.
Land Registry Forms
Land Registry Forms are used by professionals and non-professionals to lodge or remove applications relating to specific property Titles. They have to be lodged using the correct forms. In times past these forms were only available from legal stationers, for a price, but are now available for free using the links provided.
House Price Data
An online form is accessed which requires the insertion of a partial address, e.g. you could search for house prices in Wallasey, in Cliff Road in Wallasey or for the postcode CH45 3JH. The more detailed your address, the more specific the search result will be. You also need to enter the time periods to search between.
Information that is Not Free
Property Documents and Ownership Information
Property Documents and Ownership information cannot be obtained for free from the Land Registry or from any other organisation. This is because the information they contain is held in specific documents that are charged for, and include Title Registers, Title Plans, Prior Copies of the Title Register, Conveyancing Deeds, Leases, etc.
Many of these and other Land Registry documents are not available direct to the public, but only via a search agent with portal access. Some of the types of searches sought include many documents, or in some instances, more than one type of search to obtain a single document.
1. A Boundary Search would include the Title Registers, Title Plans and all of the Conveyancing Deeds for each of the adjoining properties, a Lease if one of the properties was leasehold, details of Common Law Boundary Presumptions, and a fully illustrated guidebook.
2. A Rights of Way search would include the above, together with other documents, such as an Environmental Neighbourhood Report, A Common Land Map, and so on.
3. A search for a property in the conventional way may produce a negative result. A further search, using a SIM form may reveal that the property is registered, but with another property which was part of a portfolio of properties purchased together. With the information from the SIM form result we can then obtain the Title Register.
As a result of the above some considerable time may be spent in obtaining the required document, and this has to be charged for.