Land Registry Property Register
The Land Registry’s electronic register is made up of three parts, the property register, the proprietorship register and the charges register. These three registers contain different information as to the description and ownership of the property and any third party interests registered against it.
What Information does the Property Register hold
The Property Register, or A register, describes the property, both physically and in terms of the legal rights, or easements, which it benefits from. First, it tells us the county the property is in and the local authority area. It then goes on to tell us whether the property is freehold or leasehold and then to describe the land that is included in the title. If the land has a postal address then this will be given here. Otherwise there will be a brief description of the land, for example “land to the East of York Road, Seacroft, Leeds”. Either way, it will make reference to a title plan on which the property will be “edged red”.
If the property is a flat then the description will contain a note similar to “As to the part tinted blue only the x floor flat is included in the title”. There will be corresponding blue tinting on the title plan and this indicates that only the floor of the building which the flat is on is included in the title, not the entire building.
Any rights from which the property benefits over the land of another, such as a right of way or a right drainage will be revealed in the Property Register. Theses rights will have been contained in one or more deeds, such as conveyances or transfers, before registration and the details will either be set out in the register or else it will state that these are set out in a document of which the Land Registry hold a copy. If this is the case then a copy of the document will need to be obtained in order to see what rights there are. Occasionally the Land Registry will know that there are rights contained in a particular document but will not have the details or a copy. If this is the case then the rights are effectively lost unless a copy of the document containing them can be obtained from another source.
If the property is leasehold then details of the lease will usually be entered in the Property Register. The register will give the names of the original parties to the lease (i.e. the original landlord and tenant), the date and start date (these are often not the same), the number of years for which the lease was granted and sometimes the annual rent.
This information is provided only to enable the lease to be identified. The lease itself contains all of the rights and obligations and a copy will need to be obtained in order to fully understand the title to a leasehold property. A copy of the lease can be obtained via our site.
More on the Proprietorship register
More on the Charges register