Press release

December 2016 Transaction Data

This data provides information about the number and types of applications that Land Registry completed in December 2016.

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In December:

  • Land Registry completed more than 1,271,900 applications
  • the South East topped the table of regional applications with 295,204
  • Birmingham topped the table of local authority applications by area with 19,076

The Transaction Data shows Land Registry completed 1,271,984 applications from its customers in December.This included 1,251,331 applications by account holders, of which:

  • 345,451 were applications in respect of registered land (dealings)
  • 528,513 were applications to obtain an official copy of a register or title plan
  • 198,658 were searches
  • 83,762 were transactions for value

Applications by region

Region Applications
South East 295,204
Greater London 248,377
North West 136,147
South West 127,071
West Midlands 104,438
Yorks & Humber 98,378
East Midlands 90,198
Wales 61,791
North 58,045
East Anglia 52,238
England and Wales (not assigned) 72
Isles of Scilly 25
Total 1,271,984

Top three local authority areas for applications

Top three local authority areas Applications
Birmingham 19,076
City of Westminster 18,944
Leeds 15,133

Top three customers for transactions

Top three customers Transactions for value
My Home Move Limited 1,733
Countrywide Property Lawyers 903
O’Neill Patient 796

Top three customers for searches

Top three customers Searches
Enact 8,588
O’Neill Patient 7,072
Optima Legal Services 6,647

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Notes to editors

  1. Transaction Data is published on the 15th working day of each month. The January Transaction Data will be published at 11am on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at data.gov.uk.

  2. The monthly Transaction Data shows how many applications for first registrations, leases, transfers of part, dealings, official copies and searches lodged by Land Registry account customers were completed. For an explanation of the terms used, see abbreviations used in the transaction data.

  3. Transactions for value include freehold and leasehold sales.

  4. Most searches carried out by a solicitor or conveyancer are to protect the purchase and/or mortgage. For example, a search will give the buyer priority for an application to Land Registry to register the purchase of the property.

  5. As a government department established in 1862, executive agency and trading fund responsible to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Land Registry keeps and maintains the Land Register for England and Wales. The Land Register has been open to public inspection since 1990.

  6. With the largest transactional database of its kind detailing more than 24 million titles, Land Registry underpins the economy by safeguarding ownership of many billions of pounds worth of property.

  7. For further information about Land Registry visit www.gov.uk/land-registry.

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Published 23 January 2017