HM Land Registry (HMLR) | Definition
HM Land Registry (HMLR) is the official body responsible for registering the ownership of property and land in England and Wales.
HMLR's records for a property will confirm who owns the property, whether it is freehold or leasehold, and whether there is a mortgage. The register will also usually include a boundary plan of the property.
When you are selling a property, your conveyancing solicitor will contact the Land Registry to obtain official copies and other documents to prove that the seller owns the property.
If you are buying a property, after the sale completes, your solicitor will need to apply to the Land Registry to ensure that the title deeds of the property are transferred into your name.
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