Land Registry

Land Registry

The Land Registry, or rather, giving them their full title, HM Land Registry, are an autonomous government body that have the responsibility of maintaining a record of property ownership in England and Wales. In practice they do much more than this, and pride themselves (and with good reason) as being the paragon of excellence in global Land Registration.

Land Registry records are now held digitally and copies of the primary registration documents can be obtained speedily and whenever required.

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Land Registry Title Deeds

Modern Title Deeds, in actuality, are the Land Registry ownership documents, i.e. the Title Register and the Title Plan, although many people still refer to them as Land Registry Title Deeds. Title Deeds is the expression given to the Conveyancing Deeds, and which, formerly, were the documents of title, before property became registered.

Land Registry records are now held digitally and copies of the primary registration documents can be obtained speedily and whenever required.

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Land Registry Plans

The Land Registry Title Plan has a specific purpose. The purpose of this article is to explain its purpose and to distinguish the Title Plan from, Deed Plans, Lease Plans and drawings to support planning and building regulations consents (blueprints). 

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Land Registry E-Business

As society has progressed further into the digital age the Land Registry have recognised the importance and efficiency of dealing with property transactions online rather than using the postal service. This has led to an increasing amount of Land Registry information held in digital storage at the Land Registry. The old fashioned paper file storage systems, once taking up huge amounts of office space, is now a creature of the past, as Land Registry E Business increasingly takes its place.

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Check the Land Registry Online

The Land Registry are the government authority tasked with maintaining a copy of the ownership documents for all registered properties throughout England and Wales. They are required by law (Land Registration Act 2002 and Land Registration Rules 2003) to maintain a register of ownership and a plan showing the property.

When you wish to check the Land Registry documents you can apply for a search online and will normally receive it by email within an hour. You can obtain the following Land Registry documents online:

You can search either by property address, or where there is no address, use a simple built in map on the application form. Alternatively, you can search by Title Number, if you have one.

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Getting Deeds from Land Registry

Property Deeds, House Deeds and Conveyancing Deeds are the documents that are created by solicitors or conveyancers when dealing with a property purchase or sale. They embody the terms of the transaction but since land registration became compulsory throughout England and Wales in 1990 the Deeds are no longer authentic evidence of ownership.

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Land Registry Search Online

The majority of our population, when considering Land Registry searches, have in mind the Title Register and Title Plan, and indeed, most of the searches we receive are for these two documents. That is hardly surprising, considering their usefulness. After all, they are official evidence of property ownership, and most home owners wish to have a set of their ownership documents; likewise, most purchasers or potential purchasers consider it wise to obtain a copy in advance of an offer to buy.

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Title Register Property Ownership Information

Many of our customers obtain copies of the Title Register because they want to know the names and addresses of the owners of a property, or because they are buying the property and their solicitor has asked them to obtain it. But did you know that the Register provides a wealth of additional and useful information?

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Land Registry Property Search

The expression "property search" is the term commonly used to denote an attempt to find the ownership documents of a property, be a house, farm, shop or plot of land. The ownership documents are held at the Land Registry in digital format and customers can obtain copies, usually within 1 hour of placing an order.

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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.

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.

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.

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