There are limits to the scope and nature of the information that the Land Registry can provide.
Please be aware of the following:
- Some properties have no liability to maintain boundary structures like fences. All we can do is provide you with your documents for you to review – if there is no mention of any boundary structure liability, it means you are not responsible for any boundary structures.
- The Land Registry does not have measurements/dimensions of land or property, therefore we cannot provide this information. More information on this can be found here.
- Title Registers show the current owner and current mortgage details only – not previous owners or previous mortgages. We cannot provide a list of past owners or mortgages.
- The Land Registry does not maintain information on when a property was built or how it was constructed. It does not hold building plans, blueprints, schematics, utility location plans or planning information.
- Title plans are based on the OS survey map in use at the date the property was first registered.
- You need the comprehensive title deeds package if require full details of rights of way or restrictive covenants. The title register and plan is usually not enough.
- Some properties have no rights of way or restrictive covenants. All we can do is provide you with your documents for you to review – if there is no mention of rights of way or restrictive covenants, it means that none exist.
- Leases do not always show the name of the current owner. That is the role of the Title Register. If you only need proof of ownership, do not order the lease for that purpose, order the Title Register instead.
- A property can have more than one title. As an example only, additional land to extend a garden, purchased separately to the main house, would not be added to the main house title; It will have its own (separate) title and you will need to purchase the documents for it separately.
- Title documents are not intended to provide a history of a title, the Land Registry does not seek to establish historic ownership, and so old documents are only filed where those documents contain rights/restrictions/covenants/other legal matters which still affect the property today.
Which Documents Do I Need?
|Title Register & Plan (Basic Title Deeds)||Comprehensive Title Deeds Package||Lease||Notes|
|Proof of ownership|
|Name of CURRENT owner and their correspondence address|
|CURRENT mortgages & charges|
|Confirmation that property is Freehold or Leasehold|
|Confirmation of tenants in common or joint tenants|
|Plan showing outline of the land included in the title|
|Rights of way & restrictive covenants||NOTE 1|
|Price paid data||NOTE 2|
|Responsibility for boundary features (e.g. fences)||NOTE 3|
|Copies of filed deeds referred to in Title Register (noted as copy filed or original filed)|
|Lease term & start date (leasehold titles only)|
|Leasehold rights & covenants (leasehold titles only)|
|Lease plan(s) (leasehold titles only)|
|PREVIOUS owners or mortgages|
|'Planning'/construction/building information, date of construction, floor plans|
|Dimensions/exact boundary position||NOTE 4|
|Transaction history (list of all previous sales)|
|GENERAL||The Comprehensive Title Deeds Package includes the Title Register, Title Plan and other documents. If you order this package, you do NOT need to order the Title Register or Title Plan separately - you will receive them automatically.|
|NOTE 1||The Title Register may refer to rights of way or restrictive covenants which are contained in other documents (filed deeds). You will need the Comprehensive Title Deeds Package in order to obtain the filed deeds and see full details of these rights of way or restrictive covenants.|
|NOTE 2||Displayed on the Title Register for residential properties only where the last sale occurred after 2003 and the transfer was the result of a sale for monetary value. If you need to know the last price paid, please contact us to determine if this information is available for a particular property.|
|NOTE 3||Please see our article "Who is responsible for maintaining boundary structures?"|
|NOTE 4||Please see our article "Where Are The Boundaries?"|