HMLR Property Register
The property register, the proprietorship register and the charges register will make up the Land Registry’s electronic register. Each of these three registers subsequently contains various pieces of information that describe the property, who owns it and whether there have been any third party interests registered.
Information in the Property Register
The legal rights the property benefits from and the physical description of the property will be described in the Property Register (or A register). To start with, it will advise what county the property is located in and its local authority area. Then, it will detail whether the property is leasehold or freehold before describing the land that has been included in the title.
A postal address will be provided for the land if it has one, otherwise, there will be a description that will indicate where the land can be found. E.g. ‘land to the East of York Road, Seacroft, Leeds.’ Whichever is present, it will refer to the title plan where the property boundaries will be indicated in red.
If the property is a flat, the description will be different and will normally following something along the lines of ‘As to the part tinted blue only the [floor number] flat is included in the title.’ On the title plan, the area will be marked with blue tinting and it will indicate which floor of the building the flat is located on.
Rights / Easements
The Property Register will indicate if there are any rights where the property benefits over the land of another, in the form of a right of drainage or right of way, for example. One or more deeds will stipulate these rights, such as transfers or conveyances, and will have been done before registration. The details will be indicated by the register but if this is not the case, it will be stated what document the Land Registry has a copy of that contains these details. In these instances, a copy of this document would be needed in order to ascertain what rights there are.
Sometimes, you may find that rights are contained in a particular document but the Land Registry doesn’t have a copy. When this occurs, these rights are classed as lost unless another source can provide a copy of the document.
The details of a lease for a leasehold property will often be found in the Property Register. It will show the number of years on the lease, the date and start date, the names of the original parties to the lease and sometimes how much annual rent is included in it.
This information is given in order to identify the lease. It is the lease itself which will contain all of the obligations and rights, and in order to provide a full understanding of what the title to a leasehold property entails, a copy will be required. This can be obtained by ordering the full HMLR property lease.