Press release

June 2018 Transaction Data

This data provides information about the number and types of applications that HM Land Registry completed in June 2018.

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In June:

  • HM Land Registry completed more than 1,701,270 applications to change or query the Land Register
  • the South East topped the table of regional applications with 391,741

HM Land Registry completed 1,701,272 applications in June compared with 1,723,578 in May and 1,690,237 last June, of which:

  • 367,516 were applications for register updates compared with 373,423 in May
  • 825,155 were applications for an official copy of a register compared with 848,600 in May
  • 226,333 were search and hold queries (official searches) compared with 209,803 in May; and
  • 24,801 were postal applications from non-account holders compared with 26,695 in May

Applications by region and country

Region/country April applications May applications June applications
South East 373,677 398,029 391,741
Greater London 314,534 332,546 324,861
North West 184,504 194,722 189,790
South West 159,528 169,351 166,626
West Midlands 140,096 147,196 146,855
Yorkshire and the Humber 121,756 131,727 128,441
East Midlands 115,347 121,511 121,551
Wales 75,111 78,038 77,307
North 73,765 78,596 79,945
East Anglia 66,644 71,749 74,017
Isles of Scilly 69 41 66
England and Wales (not assigned) 67 72 72
Total 1,625,098 1,723,578 1,701,272

Top 5 local authority areas

Top 5 local authority areas April applications Top 5 local authority areas May applications Top 5 local authority areas June applications
Birmingham 25,990 Birmingham 26,902 Birmingham 25,724
City of Westminster 22,505 City of Westminster 24,121 City of Westminster 23,468
Leeds 18,630 Leeds 19,782 Leeds 19,257
Manchester 16,698 Cornwall 18,301 Cornwall 17,591
Cornwall 16,343 Manchester 17,347 Manchester 16,765

Top 5 customers

Top 5 customers April applications Top 5 customers May applications Top 5 customers June applications
Enact 48,943 Enact 53,314 Enact 53,868
Optima Legal Services 26,741 Infotrack Limited 28,453 Infotrack Limited 29,175
O’Neill Patient 25,473 Optima Legal Services 28,173 O’Neill Patient 26,523
Infotrack Limited 24,411 O’Neill Patient 26,645 Optima Legal Services 26,239
TM Group (UK) Ltd 18,058 TM Group (UK) Ltd 22,706 TM Group (UK) Ltd 21,465

Access the full dataset on data.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

  1. Transaction Data is published on the 15th working day of each month. The July Transaction Data will be published at 11am on Tuesday 21 August 2018 at HM Land Registry Monthly Property Transaction Data.

  2. The monthly Transaction Data showing how many applications for new titles, leases, splitting titles, updating existing titles, official copies of the register and search and hold queries (official searches) were received, reflects the volume of applications lodged by customers using an HM Land Registry account number on their application form.

  3. We are challenging ourselves to reassess our language to make our terms understandable to both our commercial and our citizen customers. This is in line with our commitment set out in the Business Strategy 2017-2022 under the ‘simplicity’ element of our ambition.

  4. Completed applications in England and Wales shown by region and by local authority include postal applications as well as those sent electronically.

  5. Transaction Data excludes: pending applications, bankruptcy applications, bulk applications and discharge applications (to remove a charge, for example a mortgage, from the register).

  6. Transactions for value are applications lodged involving a transfer of ownership for value. For an explanation of other terms used, see abbreviations used in the transaction data.

  7. Most search and hold queries (official searches) carried out by a solicitor or conveyancer are to protect the purchase and/or mortgage. For example, a search and hold query will give the buyer priority for an application to HM Land Registry to register the purchase of the property. This can give an indication of market activity.

  8. Reasonable skill and care is used in the provision of the data. We strive to ensure that the data is as accurate as possible but cannot guarantee that it is free from error. We cannot guarantee our data is fit for your intended purpose or use.

  9. Transaction Data is available free of charge for use and re-use under the Open Government Licence (OGL). The licence allows public bodies to make their data available for re-use.

  10. If you use or publish the Transaction Data, you must add the following attribution statement: Contains HM Land Registry data © Crown copyright and database right 2018. This data is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

  11. HM Land Registry’s mission is to guarantee and protect property rights in England and Wales.

  12. HM Land Registry is a government department created in 1862. It operates as an executive agency and a trading fund and its running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of its services. Its ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.

  13. HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion, including around £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles showing evidence of ownership for some 85% of the land mass of England and Wales.

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

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Published 20 July 2018