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Information Contained in the Land Register

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 27 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Since 1990 any sale or conveyance of land in England and Wales must be registered with the Land Registry.

The Land Registry of England and Wales

The Land Registry is a government department which is responsible for collecting and storing information about ownership of, or interests, in land and property. Whenever a conveyance or sale takes place the Land Registry must be notified as part of the conveyancing process. A transaction involving land may be rendered void if it the Land Registry is not notified within the stipulated time limits.

Information held by the Land Registry is guaranteed. Anyone who suffers a loss as a result of relying on information contained in the Register, which subsequently turns out to have been wrong or incomplete, may be entitled to compensation.

The Land Register for each item of registered land is divided into three sections:

  • The Property Register
  • The Proprietorship Register
  • The Charges Register
See below for details of the information contained in each section.

The Title Number

Each piece of registered land is given a unique Title Number by the Land Registry. The number will appear on all documents relating to the land. The same piece of land may have two different numbers if a freehold and a leasehold interest is owned separately.

The Property Register

This section describes the land itself. It gives the full address of the property and also refers to the Title Plan that forms part of the Land Register for each piece of land (see below). If all of the land shown marked on the Title Plan is not included in the property, the Register will state what is included in this part of the Register. For example, in the case of a block of flats it may say “first floor flat only”.

The Property Register will state whether the land is freehold or leasehold and will also give the date on which it was first registered. If the land comes with any associated rights, such as a right of way, these may also be included in this part of the Register.

The Proprietorship Register

This section of the register gives details of who owns the land. The name and address of the owner or owners will be given together with the date on which they acquired ownership of the land.

Since April 2000 the Proprietorship Register has also given the details of the price said to have been paid at the last conveyance. However, this information is not guaranteed by the Land Registry.

If there are any restrictions on the owners’ right to sell or deal with the land, these will be included in this part of the register.

The Charges Register

This section contains details of any mortgages or charges which apply to the property. It may also contain details of other rights or interests that apply to the property or restrictions on the way in which the property may be used.

The Title Plan

The Title Plan is a detailed map of the area immediately surrounding the property in question. The Title Plan may include other properties and neighbouring roads. Crucially, the precise portion of land covered by this entry on the Register will be clearly marked on the Title Plan and referred to in the Property Register. These are the definitive boundaries of the land or property.

Obtaining Copies of Information Contained in the Land Register

Copies of the information contained on the Land Registry website can be obtained via their website for a small fee or by post using form OC1. Copies of any documents held by the Land Registry are usually available and may be applied for using form OC2.

Documents may also be viewed in person or electronically at a Land Registry office. It is recommended that visitors telephone before attending at the office to check on the availability and/or location of the documents they wish to see.

Form SIM is used for applications to search the Land Registry’s computerised map to find out if a particular piece of land is registered – the result will show whether the land is registered, the title number for it if it is and the type of registration held by the Land Registry.

It is generally not appropriate to make applications under the Freedom of Information Act for documents held by the Land Registry as they are usually available to interested parties pursuant to the Land Registration Rules 2003.

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rushey75 - Your Question:
My partner and I lived together as Man and Wife for 28 years and back in 1996 we decided to buy our own home after 9 years renting with North British Housing Association(Have a copy of Tenancy agreement). So I applied for a mortgage this was refused due to a ccj from Northwest water in my name only as I was the bill payer at that time. So we decided that my partner would start work so she could apply for a mortgage, 2 years later she applied for a mortgage in her name and was accepted, the price of the house was £29,950.00.She borrowed £19,950.00 as we had £10,000.00 deposit £5,000.00 each from a tenants incentive scheme.In January 2008 we decided to consolidate all our debts by remortgaging the house in joint names and putting my name on the tilt deeds the remortgage was completed but the deeds never got changed as agreed. In January 2015 she request to change tilt deeds(Have bank letter as proof) In January 2016 we separated In January 2016 she request to change tilt deeds(Have bank letter as proof). Have spoken to a Solicitor who said I should apply for a land registry notice so I filed the HR1 form, this was the wrong form I've been told that I should apply RX1 and also been told Form a I'm just a bit confused as to which if any or both!

Our Response:
We think it's probably RX1 together with AP1. If you contact the Land Registry themselves, they are usually very helpful.
DIYConveyance - 29-Jun-17 @ 11:20 AM
My partner and I lived together as Man and Wife for 28 years and back in 1996 we decided to buy our own home after 9 years renting with North British Housing Association(Have a copy of Tenancy agreement). So I applied for a mortgage this was refused due to a ccj from Northwest water in my name only as I was the bill payer at that time. So we decided that my partner would start work so she could apply for a mortgage, 2 years later she applied for a mortgage in her name and was accepted, the price of the house was £29,950.00.She borrowed £19,950.00 as we had £10,000.00 deposit £5,000.00 each from a tenants incentive scheme.In January 2008 we decided to consolidate all our debts by remortgaging the house in joint names and putting my name on the tilt deeds the remortgage was completed but the deeds never got changed as agreed. In January 2015 she request to change tilt deeds(Have bank letter as proof) In January 2016 we separated In January 2016 she request to change tilt deeds(Have bank letter as proof). Have spoken to a Solicitor who said I should apply for a land registry notice so I filed the HR1 form, this was the wrong form I've been told that I should apply RX1 and also been told Form a I'm just a bit confused as to which if any or both!
rushey75 - 27-Jun-17 @ 9:58 PM
Carla - Your Question:
Hi, I'm divorced my husband disappeared 7 years ago to work abroad and basically did a runner,unable to be found managed to get divorced on grounds of abandonment and it's taken over 5 years to get a court order to get him off my mortgage! However I have recently found out that there are 2 charges on the mortgage I knew nothing about, how can I get these charges removed as they are his and nothing to do with me! Any advice would be gratefully received

Our Response:
Have you asked the lender about this? What is their view on it? Are they willing to remove the charge and chase the debt separately from your husband (difficult if he can't be found)? Are you partly responsible for the debt as it was raised at the time you jointly shared the mortgage? Try and speak to a debt adviser at Citizens' Advice...you may be able to apply to the courts to have the charges removed.
DIYConveyance - 22-Jun-17 @ 2:43 PM
Hi, I'm divorced my husband disappeared 7 yearsago to work abroad and basically did a runner,unable to be found managed to get divorced on grounds of abandonment and it's taken over 5 years to get a court order to get him off my mortgage! However I have recently found out that there are 2 charges on the mortgage I knew nothing about, how can I get these charges removed as they are his and nothing to do with me! Any advice would be gratefully received
Carla - 21-Jun-17 @ 1:30 PM
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