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England and Wales

Country details

Size: England = 130,395 km2. Wales = 20,779 km2. Source: UK National Statistics

Population: England and Wales = 54.175m. Source: UK National Statistics mid 2008.

Registration coverage

Percentage of area registered: 68.34% equivalent to 10,537,221 ha registered (12/2008)

Number of properties/titles registered: 21.95 million as at 31/10/2008

Number of mortgages registered: Total number is not available. The average number registered per year over the last 15 years is 1,106,633 per year, based on data provided by the UK Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Registry name: HM Land Registry -------------------------- last updated September 2016

Size of organisation:

7,500 full time equivalent employees as at 2007/08. The number of Land Registry offices as at 01/04/2009 is 20.

Searches available:

Property search through EULIS is available by title number, address and postcode.

Information available:

Title register containing details of tenure (i.e. freehold, leasehold), property description, registered proprietor, price paid for most properties registered after 1 April 2002, registered charges (mortgages), beneficial and subjective easements (rights of way, drainage etc), and restrictive covenants which burden the land.
Title plan based on the Ordnance Survey map shows the registered title extent and any references to entries as referred to in the title register.

Products available:

Official Copies or views of the Register and/or Title Plan held electronically for any property which is registered. Copies of certain documents referred to in the register are also available if these are held electronically.

Subscribed users:

18,342 as at 31/12/2008.

England and Wales is widely regarded as having an extremely active property market. That has probably contributed to the Winter Corporation declaring that Her Majesty’s Land Registry is responsible for the largest online transactional database of its kind. Despite its size, most requests for register information will be provided electronically within seconds, whilst the registration of transactions will usually be completed within 1-2 days of receipt.

Our principles aims are to maintain and develop a stable, effective land registration system for England Wales and provide a guaranteed title to registered estates and interests in land. We began registering land in 1862 and now hold the largest computerised database of its kind in Europe.

What does the Land Registry of England and Wales offer?

We register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales. Our vision is ‘Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected.’

Our values are:

• we give assurance
• we have integrity
• we drive innovation
• we are professional

Land Registry provides the vital function of giving assurance and confidence to the property market, with the Register underpinning property ownership worth over £4 trillion across England and Wales including over £1 trillion of mortgages. Land Registry has over 150 years’ experience of maintaining the Register and has evolved to become increasingly efficient, with 99% of our information and 73% of our registration services being submitted online. We are on a transformational journey to create a fully digitised Register building a contemporary digital platform for land and property to support the Register and provide a modern, efficient service for customers.

Is access to the land register of England and Wales free of charge?

A statutory fee is payable for each service. There is no sign up fee for online access and most online services cost less than services by post.

How to search the land register of England and Wales

Online access:

Business e-Services allow business users to submit applications to register land and property, or to request a search of the index map online. Business e-services users can also use our free MapSearch to instantly:
• check if land and property in England or Wales is registered
• get title numbers
• find out if tenure is freehold or leasehold

Business e-service customers must fulfil conditions of use, register as a user and have a variable direct debit account with a UK bank or building society. Login to business e-services.

Find a Property service is designed for members of the public and also used by small businesses. They can search by address to find the land or property owner, how far its general boundaries extend and whether it’s at risk of flooding. They must register as users and pay by credit or debit card. Login to Find a Property.

Copies of registers and title plans obtained through Business e-Services are ‘official copies’ and so are admissible as evidence in a court of law. MapSearch does not provide indemnity provisions for information supplied.

Copies of registers and title plans obtained through the Find a Property service are not official copies.

Postal access:
You can apply for official copies of the register and title plan by post using forms OC1 (for the register) and OC2 (for documents). These forms are available free of charge by post or online from Land Registry. Official copies are admissible as evidence in a court of law.

If you are unable to find property information online, you can also send a ‘search of the index map’ (form SIM) by post to discover if the land is registered, and if so to obtain a title number. A fee set by the current Land Registry Fee Order is payable.

The Land Charge registers can be searched by post, or online through business e-services using Form K15 or (to search for bankruptcy entries only) K16.

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