Title Documents

The Title Register is one of the 2 documents of Title. The other is the Title Plan. They are designed to be read together, e.g. the Title Register will describe the property by reference to the land edged in red on the Title Plan.

The Title Register is divided into 3 sections:

  • The A section describes the property, states the date it was first registered and states its Tenure (freehold, leasehold, commonhold). The section also describes any rights benefitting the property such as rights of light, rights of way, rights of access, etc.
  • The B section provides the owner's name and address, the date of registration of his purchase, the purchase price, the Class of Title and any notices or restrictions that affect his right of ownership.
  • The C section provides details of charges and mortgages burdening the land, together with other burdens such as restrictive covenants.

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The names and addresses of the property owner appear in the B section of the Title Register. Each owner may have up to 3 different addresses registered, including an email address.

Where a property owner has moved and has not notified the Land Registry of his change of address it may still be possible to use the Title Register to trace him. By looking in the C section thereof, one can see if the property is subject to a mortgage. If it is then a stamped address envelope can be sent to the mortgagee (who will usually know the owner's current address) with a request that your letter be forwarded to him.

If the property was registered after April 2000 then the purchase price will be shown in the B section of the Title Register, unless there has been a successful application for an exemption.

In short, no. The Land Registration Act 1988 abolished the requirement to obtain the owner's consent, so that any member of the public can, since the Act came into force, obtain a copy of any other person's title deeds.

Usually within an hour of ordering if ordered during office hours (If ordered outside office hours, usually by 10 am the next working day).

  • Urban areas - 1:1250
  • Suburban areas - 1:2500
  • Rural areas - 1:10000

Coloured markings on the Title Plan usually refer to rights of way or parcels of land that are affected by various covenants, easements or restrictions. The Title Register will describe any coloured markings on the Title Plan.

T and H marks are used by conveyancers to denote ownership or responsibility for boundary walls and fences. H marks mean that ownership or responsibility is shared. T marks mean that ownership or responsibility lies with the land where the horizontal mark of the T lies.

As a general rule T and H marks are not shown on Title Plans. References to them in the Title Register are usually related to their appearance on a Deed Plan, rather than a Title Plan. A Deed Plan is a plan usually drawn onto a Deed. Obtaining a copy of that Deed should also provide you with a copy of the Deed Plan.

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History Searches

The Title Register only shows the current position during the present ownership. However, we can obtain copies of Title Registers and Title Plans for any date since the end of April 1993 to the date of the current ownership.

We call this a History Search and it can be ordered by clicking the button below:

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An earlier copy of the Title Register can be obtained for a specific date only, and not for a range of dates. To obtain details of several ownerships it will be necessary to make several searches to cover the different dates of ownership. This should be done as follows:

  1. Obtain a copy of the current Title Register
  2. Look at the date of first registration (the first date in brackets at the beginning of the A section). Earlier copies can be obtained back to 1993 or the above date, whichever is the later.
  3. Look at the date of purchase (the first date in brackets at the beginning of the B section). If this date is the same as the date of first registration then it means there are no prior registrations and therefore no earlier Title Registers. Otherwise, continue as follows:
  4. Select a date prior to the date in 3 above, and submit a History search for that date.
  5. When you receive the History Search repeat the exercise above, and again, select an earlier date.

We can obtain an earlier copy of the Title Plan as at a specified date. This does not guarantee the Title Plan will be different, but it will be the one that was current for that date. It is useful to obtain an earlier copy of the Title Plan where there is a suspicion that the current Title Plan has in someway altered following a more recent registration.

Earlier copies of the Title Register will normally show the property price (in the B section), but only back to April 2000.

You will need to obtain a copy of the Purchase Deed, i.e. the Transfer or Conveyance on sale. Transfers (Registered Land) and Conveyances (Unregistered Land) are the legal deeds used to transfer the property from one person to another. They are often, but not always, retained by the Land Registry as scanned documents, and are available to purchase.

These documents contain much useful information, amongst which is the name and address of the parties signing them (and the names and addresses of persons witnessing their signuatures). These documents also contain a Consideration Clause, which, where the land was transferred for money, will be the purchase price. It is usually found near the beginning of the Deed, shortly after the names and addresses of the parties.

Whether or not these documents are available to purchase will be made clear on the Title Register (or an earlier Title Register). There will be a reference to the Deed in one or more of the clauses in the Register and a note will appear at the end of the paragraph to say that it is has been copied (or similar wording).

Land with No Address

We have a unique map based search to assist you with this.

To locate the land or property you require you should enter a postcode or town/city name in the address box provided. Use the zoom feature and move the marker to the exact location on the map that you would like us to search. The exact latitude and longitude will be calculated for you and a nearby address will be automatically added below the map. You can amend this manually should you need to.

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If you know the Title Number you can use the normal Title Register Search, quoting the Title Number in the Title Number box at the beginning of the form. Then just enter any other address information you have. It does not matter if this is incomplete, but the more you add the more helpful it is to us in identifying your property.

You should use it for any property that does not have a full postal address. This may include:

  • Properties that have been vacant for a long time
  • Building land
  • Waste land
  • Moorland
  • Woodland
  • Sections of roads, lanes, alleyways etc.
  • Rivers and riverbanks
  • Lakes
  • Ancient monuments
  • Ruined buildings


The Leasehold Title Register is the Title Document created by the Land Registry from the Lease, and which provides evidence of ownership and states the basis on which ownership is held.

The Lease is the contractual Deed that is created to give legal effect to the transfer of the property from one person to another, and contains numerous clauses. Since 2006 Leases follow the format laid down by the Prescribed Clauses Act 2006.

Leases often contain drawings or plans detailing associated garages, bin stores and gardens, and indicating shared areas of the estate.

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Anyone can obtain a copy of a Lease that was created after 30 October 2003. Prior to that date a copy can only be obtained if you are a party to the lease or can procure the written consent of the owner.

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Conveyancing Deeds

Deeds usually contain considerable information, far more than appears in the Title Register. As a general Rule the Land Registry will include in the Title Register those parts of the Deeds that contaiin information that benefits or burdens a property. The Deed itself will contain far more information and in much more detail.

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The following are typical examples of the scanned Deeds held by the Land Registry:

  • Transfers
  • Conveyances
  • Deed Plans
  • Licences
  • Agreements
  • Trust Deeds
  • Epitomes
  • Wayleave Agreements
  • Deeds of Covenant
  • Deeds of Gift
  • Assents

You will receive a copy of all the scanned Deeds, whatever their nature, that are held digitally, i.e. that have been scanned in to that Title by the Land Registry (save for Leases, which are available separately). The Title Register will state at the end of any paragraph that refers to a Deed, if it has been copied (or scanned).

Sometimes there are scanned Deeds available but they are held on a separate Title. These are not included with your Deeds search, but you may apply for them separately, quoting the Title Number referred to on the application form.

Property Boundaries

We provide the Title Register, Title Plan and all scanned Deeds for each property, together with details of Common Law boundary presumptions that apply where there is no contrary agreement, and a detailed Boundary Dispute handbook in PDF format. There is an option, where the property is leasehold, to include a copy of the Lease.

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The Land Registry are obliged to follow the General Boundary Rule (now section 60 of the Land Registration Act 2002) which provides that the general boundary position is to be shown only. As a general rule, there is no single document that states the boundary location. The boundary is shown quite accurately but it is not precise when dealing with issues pertaining to small measurements (which most boundary disputes relate to).

The Deeds sometimes contain Boundary Structure Notices and party Wall Agreements, which will assist, and some of the Deeds may contain drawings and Deed Plans, which also provide further evidence. T and H marks often appear on Deed Plans.

All of the available documents need to be looked at together. The detailed handbook is full of examples and is provided to help you ascertain the type of clauses to look out for.

Rights of Way

A private Right of Way ia a type of easement that allow users of a property to pass over an adjoining property. Brief details of such easements will appear in the C section of the property owner's Title Register and in the A section of the neighbour's Title Register.

A copy of the Deed creating the Easement can usually be obtained and this will provide a lot more detail.

Public Rights of Way will appear in various environmental documents which we provide with our Rights of Way Search, e.g. the Neighbourhood Report, Common Land Search and the Countryside and Rights of Way Map.

We provide all the available documents (Land Registry documents and environmental documents), and these are usually sufficient to answer all your questions.

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We provide a link to our detailed and illustrated handbook on Rights of Way, which provides a wealth of information about rights of way and illustrated examples of what to look for in your documents to help you resolve your rights of way problems.