Property Saviour logo
Call Me Back, Please

How To Check If Your House Is Registered With The Land Registry?

Property Saviour » Problematic Properties » How To Check If Your House Is Registered With The Land Registry?

When buying or selling a home or piece of property in the UK, it must be registered with HM Land Registry UK. This ensures protection for both the land and property owners, as well as the £8 trillion in assets in the UK property market.

The Land Registry currently holds title deeds for 26 million properties, which serves as proof of ownership for nearly 90% of land in England and Wales.

Unfortunately, 10% of the land and property in the country remains unregistered, which can cause major issues when it comes to buying or selling.

In these cases, no professional – from an estate agent to a conveyancing solicitor – will initiate the sale without first ensuring the property is registered.

Table of Contents

Do You Have To Register Your Land And Property?

There are no laws in the UK requiring unregistered land or property to be registered. However, registering them can be beneficial. One of the most important advantages is that if any errors are made by the Land Registry, you will be compensated for them.

Moreover, registering your land with the Land Registry will create an official record of who owns the property, eliminating the need to investigate its history.

In some cases, registration with HM Land Registry is compulsory. For instance, if you intend to sell the property, give it away, or leave it to your heirs in your will, it must be registered. Additionally, if you want to take out a mortgage on the property, registering it with the Land Registry is necessary.

What Happens After A Property Is Registered?

Once you have registered the property, you can get several documents. The first is known as the Title Information Document, which provides as much information as possible about the property.

The second document is the Title Plan, which is based on Ordnance Survey Maps and helps to expedite the conveyancing process by providing all the details a conveyancing solicitor needs.

Both of these documents are provided as paper copies and are also stored electronically in the Land Registry files, making them easily accessible to potential buyers.

How To Check If Your House Is Registered With The Land Registry
One of the most important advantages is that if any errors are made by the Land Registry, you will be compensated for them.

How Can I Tell If My Land Has Been Registered?

There are several ways to perform a land registry check to determine if your property has been registered. If you have a lot of old documents, such as the deeds of the house in its original form, the chances are good that your property isn’t registered.

To be sure, you can go to the Gov.UK website and check the land registry online. This search is free for both UK citizens and non-citizens. Navigate to the “Land and Property Information” page and enter your postcode to view the land registry deeds.

Alternatively, you can type in the street and town of your home to obtain land registry documents. When you see the list of house registry entries, click on one of them to download the title deeds, summary and title plan.

The summary will usually include a description of the property, its address, any planning permission restrictions, the current owner and any mortgage or easements.

If your home doesn’t appear in the search, it may not be part of the database. In this case, you can work with a conveyancing solicitor to determine if it is and if not, they can help you include it in the database.

They can also explain the benefits of being part of the database so you can decide if it’s something you want for your property.

Does The Process Work The Same Way In Ireland And Scotland?

This process works the same way for both properties in Ireland and Scotland. These countries have their land registry, and each has its guidelines and rules for obtaining a Land Registry title deed and other property information.

You can still search for your property online in both places and registering still offers many of the same benefits. It is important to do your research before deciding to register your property in either location.

Learning More About Property Registration

Understanding the Land Registry, the benefits it can offer your property, and how to ensure your property is registered is essential no matter where you live in the UK, Ireland, or Scotland. If you have any concerns, it’s best to consult a solicitor.

If there is a need for a Land Registry change of name or any other major changes to the entry, then a qualified conveyancing solicitor can be invaluable in ensuring the information about your property is correct – this is especially important if you are looking to get a mortgage.

Learning More About Property Registration
It is important to do your research before deciding to register your property in either location.

Any thoughts about selling your home?

Are you looking to sell your house? We buy houses in any condition. Get in touch if you are thinking of selling.

auction hammer

Property Saviour Price Promise

  • The price we’ll offer is the price that you will receive with no hidden deductions.
  • Be careful with ‘cash buyers’ who require a valuation needed for a mortgage or bridging loan.
  • These valuations or surveys result in delays and price reductions later on.
  • We are cash buyers.  There are no surveys.
  • We always provide proof of funds with every formal offer issued.
calculator

We'll Pay £1,500 Towards Your Legal Fees

  • No long exclusivity agreement to sign because we are the buyers.
  • You are welcome to use your own solicitor. 
  • If you don’t have one, we can ask our solicitors for recommendations.
  • We share our solicitor’s details and issue a Memorandum of Sale. 
Sell

Sell With Certainty & Speed

  • Our approach is transparent and ethical, which is why sellers trust us.
  • 100% Discretion guaranteed. 
  • If you have another buyer, you can put us in a contracts race to see who completes first.
  • Complete in 10 days or at a timescale that works for you.  You are in control.

Sell with certainty & speed

Share This Article:

Related Articles

Skip to content