Press release

November 2017 Transaction Data

This data provides information about the number and types of applications that HM Land Registry completed in November 2017.

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In November:

  • HM Land Registry completed more than 1,774,220 applications to change or query the Land Register
  • the South East topped the table of regional applications with 408,756

The transaction data shows HM Land Registry completed 1,774,223 applications in November compared with 1,740,068 in October and 1,644,163 last November, of which:

  • 411,092 were applications to update existing titles compared with 408,685 in October

  • 834,546 were applications to obtain an official copy of a register compared with 823,267 in October

  • 238,129 were official searches compared with 226,488 in October

  • 30,948 were postal applications from non-account holders, compared with 26,260 in October

Applications by region and country

Region and country September applications October applications November applications
South East 372,168 407,148 408,756
Greater London 298,966 329,865 339,086
North West 176,591 195,045 200,475
South West 155,495 168,802 173,351
West Midlands 135,283 145,121 152,816
Yorkshire and the Humber 122,127 135,347 135,373
East Midlands 111,411 120,689 125,846
Wales 76,292 80,938 82,646
North 72,506 82,710 81,197
East Anglia 66,034 74,202 74,499
Isles of Scilly 47 106 92
England and Wales (not assigned) 67 95 86
Total 1,586,987 1,740,068 1,774,223

Top 5 local authority areas

Top 5 local authority areas September applications Top 5 local authority areas October applications Top 5 local authority areas November applications
Birmingham 23,631 Birmingham 26,232 Birmingham 27,715
City of Westminster 20,892 City of Westminster 24,087 City of Westminster 23,565
Leeds 18,076 Leeds 19,895 Leeds 20,137
Cornwall 16,809 Manchester 17,810 Cornwall 18,823
Manchester 16,290 Cornwall 17,794 Manchester 18,542

Top 5 customers

Top 5 customers September applications Top 5 customers October applications Top 5 customers November applications
Enact 39,349 Enact 48,058 Enact 49,360
O’Neill Patient 24,273 O’Neill Patient 24,610 Optima Legal Services 25,532
Optima Legal Services 20,688 Optima Legal Services 23,721 O’Neill Patient 24,260
Eversheds LLP 18,307 HBOS Bank PLC 20,980 TM Group (UK) Ltd (Search choice) 19,701
Barclays Bank PLC 16,491 Eversheds LLP 19,123 HBOS PLC Bank 19,315

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 December Transaction Data will be published at 11am on Monday 22 January 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 searches were completed, reflects the volume of applications lodged by customers using an HM Land Registry account number on their application form.

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

  4. Transaction Data excludes pending applications, withdrawn applications, bankruptcy applications, bulk applications and discharge applications.

  5. Transactions for value are applications lodged involving a transfer of ownership for value. Discharge applications remove a charge, for example a mortgage, from the register. For an explanation of other terms used, see abbreviations used in the transaction data.

  6. 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 HM Land Registry to register the purchase of the property. This can give an indication of market activity.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 2017. This data is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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

  11. 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.

  12. HM Land Registry safeguards land and property ownership worth more than £4 trillion, including more than £1 trillion of mortgages. The Land Register contains more than 25 million titles, which show evidence of ownership, covering more than 85% of the land mass.

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

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Published 21 December 2017