Land Registry E-Business

Article Summary

Most of the Land Registry's documents are now stored digitally. Learn how to obtain copies of them online, transact for them online and to take full advantage of Land Registry e-business.

Land Registry Records are now Stored Digitally

As society has progressed further into the digital age the Land Registry have recognised the importance and efficiency of dealing with property transactions online rather than using the postal service. This has led to an increasing amount of Land Registry information held in digital storage at the Land Registry. The old fashioned paper file storage systems, once taking up huge amounts of office space, is now a creature of the past, as Land Registry E Business increasingly takes its place.

Not all documents are currently held digitally, but the number increases daily. Most of the time the Deeds and documents sent to the Land Registry are used to create Title Registers and Title Plans, and other appropriate documents, all of which are stored online; the papers are either returned to the person submitting them, or else destroyed.

Many of the paper Deeds received by the Land Registry contain useful information, in which case they scan the Deeds to retain a digital copy and make a note on the Title Register accordingly.

Land Registry E-Business

Now that most of the Land Registry records are held online it makes sense for most of its business to be transacted as e-business rather than paper correspondence. This results in a huge saving of time and resources.

Land Registry Information Services

The government are actively encouraging the sharing of public information services, and as most of the property ownership information is held by the Land Registry, it has now become available online to the public, through the internet and email. Not all property information is available online directly from the Land Registry, but this can be obtained online through a search agent.

Search Agents

The following search agents all deal with the supply of Land Registry information:

(We are not affiliated with the search agents above and are not responsible for the information on their websites)

Advantages of E Business

For customers who wish to continue to order by telephone or by completing forms and posting them with a cheque, they can still do so. For most of our property customers, however, e business is the method they choose for their information. Consider the following advantages by opting for e business rather than the postal service:

  1. Your application is received immediately.
  2. You can pay by credit card.
  3. You will usually receive your documents by email within 1 hour.
  4. You can order from your mobile device, wherever you are.
  5. You can order 24/7, even during Bank Holidays (receiving it within an hour of the next office day).
  6. Where the property has no postal address you can identify the property using a map attached to the application form.
  7. You will receive the document in PDF format, which you can store on your computer, so it need never be lost or mislaid.

Although we supply many property related documents, the most popular documents ordered online are the Title Register and Title Plan. Next in popularity are the Associated Documents, Prior Copies of the Title Register, and the Lease.

Title Register

The Land Registry Title Register holds data relating to the property ownership, purchase price, mortgage, tenure, covenants, rights of way, leases and class of title.


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Title Plan

The Title Plan shows an outline of the property and its immediate neighbourhood, and uses colours to identify rights of way, general boundaries and land affected by covenants.


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Associated Documents

Deeds creating Restrictions, Covenants, Easements, etc. are often kept digitally by the Land Registry and made available for sale due to their invaluable detail and content to assist in further understanding the Restrictions, etc.


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