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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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher