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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

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.

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