HM Land Registry

Her Majesty's Land Registry, or HM Land Registry, is the official body responsible for registering the ownership of property and land in England and Wales.

The Land Registry'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.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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