The most informative service available to determine property boundaries positions or responsibility for fence or wall repairs is our Boundary Search. It is the starting point to resolve any boundary question or dispute, as without the documents comprised within this search it would not be possible to gauge boundary positions, negotiate, litigate or prepare a Boundary Agreement or Plan. In most cases the documents we provide contain sufficient information to enable you to resolve any dispute without the need to take the matter further.
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The title documents generally refer to each other and in most cases will provide the information you need to resolve a boundary dispute or query. Any markings referred to on the Title Plan will be explained in the Title Register, and any references to property features in the Title Register will either be illustrated on the Title Plan or on one of the plans appended to the Deeds. The Deeds may contain further information such as memoranda, boundary structure notices, further plans and/or documents specifically relating to the boundaries. The Deeds may also contain indirect references to the boundaries.
Even if the property adjoining is a field or plot of land without a postal address we can still obtain its registered documents.
Land Registry Title Plans show an outline of the property boundaries edged in red, together with the outlines of nearby properties, sufficient to identify the property by its location and to provide a guide as to its boundary positions. Any buildings on the land will also be outlined.
The Title Plan usually contains further useful information, such as the Title Number, the Ordnance Survey map reference, Rights of Way, any parts of the land affected by Easements, Access Paths, Shared Roads, etc, all of which will be illustrated with coloured markings that are described in more detail in the Title Register. Note, however, that where properties are not affected by the foregoing there may not be much detail on the Title Plan.
Properties in urban areas are usually provided at a scale of 1:1250 and in rural areas 1:2500.
Although the Title Plan is generally accurate it is not intended to show precise boundary positions but follows the General Boundary Rule as determined by Section 60 Land Registration Act 2002. Therefore there will not usually be any boundary measurements, angles or dimensions. Exceptionally, the same may be contained in one or more of the old deeds filed with the Land Registry.
Please be aware that the Title Plan follows the General Boundary Rule and thus does not contain precise measurements, angles or dimensions.
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It is not possible to see from Land Registry documents the precise date your property was built but it is possible to see when it was first registered. This is known as First Registration.
Compulsory First Registration was introduced to England and Wales upon a disposition of land in 1925 by the Law of Property Act of that date. Compulsory registration was phased throughout various counties of England and Wales from this date onwards, but it is only since 1990 that all dispositions, wherever they occurred in England and Wales, became compulsorily registrable. The Land Registration Act 2002 provided more "trigger events" to create a compulsory registration, e.g. the creation of a lease of more than 7 years.
This means that properties built after 1990 will be registered shortly after they are built (usually shortly after an estate layout plan is made dividing the property into building plots). For property built earlier than this, First Registration will only occur shortly after the building is erected if the property was in one of the compulsory First Registration areas at that time.
You can check the date of First Registration easily. It is the first date in brackets in the A section of the Title Register.
If you wish to know the exact date of the purchase giving rise to First Registration you should purchase a copy of the Purchase Deed, i.e. the Transfer or Conveyance. You can do this by using our Deeds Search.
If the property was built during the last 30 years there is a good chance the date of erection and the date of first registration will not be far apart.
The Land Registry do not automatically send a copy of your Title Register and Title Plan (your documents of Title) following redemption (payment) of your mortgage. Title records are now stored digitally and you are entitled to obtain a copy whenever you wish, but at your own expense.
The Title Register shows all currently registered mortgages in the C section of the Register, and so if your mortgage has been redeemed it will no longer show up there. By obtaining an up to date copy you can see for yourself that the mortgage has been removed from the Title Register.
In the event that the property is unregistered then the Title Deeds will not be with the Land Registry and will usually have been retained either by your mortgagee, bank or solicitors, and you will need to approach them if you wish to take possession of the Deeds.
(including fields, alleyways, woodland, roads, waste sites, empty properties, lakes and ruins)
Ownership of property that does not have a full postal address cannot be obtained in the normal manner, because without a postal address or title number there is no search criteria to identify the property. However, the Title Register does exist and it will provide the owner's name and address.
We are able to use digital mapping and other methods to identify properties without a postal address, and our unique google insert map not only provides the coordinates for the land, but automatically provides the address of the nearest property that does have a full postal address. We compare the identified land with the main Land Registry Map (a map upon which is subscribed each property's title number). This allows us to accurately identify the property so that we can carry out the search and obtain the Title Register and Title Plan.
You can use this search to obtain details of building land, fields, woodland, lanes, alleyways, roads, rivers, lakes, empty properties and ruins.
Once you have the Title Register the owner's name and address will be seen in the B section, where the owner is described as the registered proprietor. The date of purchase and price paid are also given next to the owner's name. Other useful information is contained in the register, such as restrictive covenants, easements, restrictions on sale, inhibitions on the owner's power to sell, rights of way and rights of access. The Title Plan illustrates the full extent of the land and confirms that it is the land that you have identified.
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