All properties in England and Wales are now subject to compulsory registration with the Land Registry, which means that when a person purchases a property either he or his conveyancer must apply to the Land Registry to effect registration. The Land Registry then produce a Title Register and Title Plan, which are held electronically at their offices. They contain all the essential ownership and property details. Under the old pre-registration system most property transactions were recorded in handwritten or typed deeds. Although useful, these documents are no longer used as a means of recording ownership or property details.
These Old Deeds often contain useful information about boundaries, covenants and rights of way, and frequently have detailed plans and drawings attached to them. Accordingly they still provide a useful purpose in land ownership information.
(Described in the Register as "copy filed")
These comprise copies of any old deeds of conveyance, transfers, indentures, agreements, illustrative plans, epitomies, abstracts of title, licences and wayleave agreements that the Land Registry have filed with the Title Register. They are usually documents once used in the old pre-registration conveyancing process and do not constitute the main title documents. Their main value is their more detailed descriptions of covenants, easements and agreements contained within them.
(Not described in the Register as "copy filed")
This category of Old Deeds is for those as above (LR3), but not kept as scanned copies by the Land Registry, being still held in paper format.
This category of Old Deeds is for those as above (LR3), but not referred to in the Title Register.
Exempt Information Documents are those that contain sensitive information where approval was given to an application that it should not be made available to the public in its existing form. Copies of edited documents can be obtained with the sensitive information removed.
Examples of other documents available to purchase may include copies of applications to the Land Registry, memoranda and letters relating to applications.
Full copies of Exempt Information Documents are only available by authorised persons, e.g. Police, HMRC and certain Insolvency Practitioners.
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