The Land Registry is a Government central organisation that has responsibility of registering, storing and amending records regarding land ownership in England and Wales and reports to the Ministry of Justice. All of the land that is purchased, mortgaged or sold must be registered at the Land Registry. However it is thought that about one third of all land in England and Wales is currently unregistered and has never been registered at the Land Registry. The central body however is currently encouraging property owners whose properties are not registered to make voluntary applications for registration. There are a number of benefits, it shows proof of ownership, it helps protect the land if a potential claim is on it and finally it simplifies the whole conveyancing process when the owner changes ownership.
The Land Registry first began in 1925 and today there are twenty four offices throughout England and Wales, each office having its own geographical responsibilities.The Land Registry also has an online facility whereby a range of extensive documents can be ordered and paid for online. These include, Title Register and Plans, Conveyancers, Registered Leases, Index Map Searches, Bankruptcy Searches to name but a few.For further information regarding the role of HM Land Registry and the services they offer, please see our link page for details of the Land Registry Website