How to get Land Registry details
The usual way to obtain Land Registry details is to apply online. However, you do need to know what you are searching for first. Applying online will provide you with a choice of different kinds of Land Registry searches. This article will help you determine exactly which search to obtain in order to receive the details and documents that you require.
Most Popular Searches
- Title Register
- Title Plan
- Map Search - Properties with No Postal Address
- Conveyancing Deeds
- Prior Copies
- Lost Deeds Search
The main ownership documents, those providing official authority as to ownership, are the Title Register and Title Plan. A look at the menu tabs on our home page will reveal many other searches that are available.
The Title Register is the document that most of our customers are interested in. It contains the ownership details, purchase price, property address or description, tenure (freehold or leasehold), class of title (absolute title, possessory or qualified), easements, covenants, restrictions, mortgages, charges and date of purchase.
The Title Plan is based on a large scale OS map, and shows the property outlined in red, and nearby properties, so that the property can be readily identified. Parts of the property affected by rights of way or covenants may be tinted with various colours that are explained in the Title Register.
Map Search - Properties with No Postal Address
If there is no postal address for the property, e.g. if it is a field or derelict building a separate search form is used, called a Map Search. This is an application form for the Title Register and Title Plan but has a built in map so that you can identify the property to us.
The Lease is the main document regulating the relationship between a freeholder and leaseholder, and contains details of all the easements and covenants that are often necessary when creating a leasehold property such as a flat. The Lease will usually contain a detailed Lease Plan.
These documents are the Deeds created by solicitors over a period of time. They were once the main ownership documents, but the Land Registry now create a Title Register and Title Plan from the information within them, to take the place of Deeds as the official ownership documents. They do contain much useful information, however, and copies of them can still be obtained.
Prior Copies are copies of older editions of the Title Register and Title Plan. They are obtained for a specific date, back to 1993 if necessary, to see the information shown in these documents at that time. This is because Title Registers and Title Plans only show subsisting entries, i.e. information relevant at a particular date.
Lost Deeds Search
The Lost Deeds Search will provide current copies of the Title Register and Title Plan, if there is one, and if there is not, will provide a search of the Index Map to confirm non-registration and to show whether anyone has registered an interest in the property that would become registered once the property achieves First Registration. Such an interest might be an option to purchase the property or an application to secure a debt. The Index Map search result would then be given by you to a solicitor when instructing him to re-constitute the Deeds and apply for registration.
These documents are usually e-mailed to you within an hour of placing your order, if ordered during normal office hours, or if ordered outside of office hours, within an hour of the next office day.