The Land Registry has confirmed that it will continue charging landlords £3 for researching title registers and plans on its new online service, after posting a confusing blog.
It had implied that users of its new Search for property details site could view ownership information for free, but when queried by LandlordZONE, it admitted that a title register and a title plan would continue to cost £3 each – and that it would clarify this information.
Its current Find a Property service – which many landlords find clunky and difficult to use – is being retired later this year and the new Search for land and property information site will take over.
In March, property ownership details will be added to the Search site so landlords can view the latest price paid for a property as well as the property description shown in the register and can identify if any restrictions or rights exist on the land.
Since its launch in March 2003, Find a property has returned millions of searches from people looking to find out who owns land and property or how much it was bought for, while Search for land and property information was launched in February 2020 and has already seen more than 750,000 searches made.
A Land Registry spokesman says: “This newer service is easy to use and will eventually give you information you need whether you’re researching house prices in advance of a move, looking for legal or ownership reasons or simply to satisfy your personal curiosity.
“You can find information such as property deeds, and the house price data uses the same price paid data set produced by HM Land Registry, that’s used by Zoopla and other property websites.”
More features such as customer accounts, map searching, digital register and title plan view will be added to the service this year.