How common is it for the land registry to have missing deeds for properties that were built before 1900? When I say missing I mean have no record for a property.
Given the Land Registry was setup in 1854 it's was shocking to hear how so many properties are not actually registered with the correct owner details. How is this the case? According to popular belief within the UK property market it is simply down to it not being a requirement to register property from 1987 onwards. If you have any views or contributions towards this issue please contact the Property Prices UK editor.
The Land Registry register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales. The Land Registry has more than 24 million titles - the evidence of ownership - are documented.
About the Land Registry and What they Do aside from registering the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.
It is the duty of the Land Registry to keep and maintain the Land Register, where more than 24 million titles - the evidence of ownership - are documented.
Individuals or organisations who become landowners or own interests in land must apply to the Land Registry to:
register unregistered land
register a new owner of a registered property following a sale
register an interest affecting registered land, such as a mortgage, a lease or a right of way
The Land Registry role is to consider each application and take account of the law in order to decide whether and how to register the application. In some cases the Land Registry may decide to, or have to, give notice to people with a potential interest before we can register it.
Once land or property is entered in the register it is recorded for any ownership changes, mortgages or leases that affect it. Anyone who suffers loss because of an error or omission in the register, or because the register needs to be corrected, will normally be compensated.
Who are the Land Registry
The Land Registry have around 4,400 staff based at the main office in Croydon and in 13 other offices around the country. The Land Registry department was created in 1862 and the work carried out is required under the Land Registration Act 2002 and the Land Registration Rules 2003.
Land Registry responsibilities include
Within England and Wales, Land Registry responsibilities are to:
provide a reliable record of information about ownership of and interests affecting land
provide owners with a land title that is underpinned by the state
simplify the transfer of interests in land
Land Registry priorities
From 2014 to 2015, the Land Registry priority is to be recognised as a world leader in digital delivery of land registration services and in the management and re-use of land and property data.
There is a Land Registry anti-bribery commitment
The Land Registry are committed to carrying out their statutory and commercial business with fairness, openness and honesty.
Bribery is illegal and has no place in the Land Registry organisation.
The Land Registry have policies and procedures to underpin bribery prevention, including the confidential reporting of any bribery allegations, and the Land Registry take a zero tolerance approach to any offence.
International services supplied by the Land Registry
For over a decade the Land Registry have been sharing more than 150 years of experience and knowledge in developing a world class land registration system with other countries.
The Land Registry provide advice, expertise and technical know-how to those countries seeking to develop their own land administration systems, with specific focus on those who wish to:
establish and develop private land and property ownership
establish security of land tenure
develop functioning land and mortgage markets
For more information about the Land Registry please see the Land Registry directly or the Land Registry Wiki page