What we do
We register the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.
It’s our duty to keep and maintain the Land Register, where more than 24 million titles - the evidence of ownership - are documented.
Individuals or organisations who become landowners or own interests in land must apply to us to:
- register unregistered land
- register a new owner of a registered property following a sale
- register an interest affecting registered land, such as a mortgage, a lease or a right of way
Our role is to consider each application and take account of the law in order to decide whether and how to register the application. In some cases we may decide to, or have to, give notice to people with a potential interest before we can register it.
Once land or property is entered in the register we record any ownership changes, mortgages or leases that affect it. Anyone who suffers loss because of an error or omission in the register, or because the register needs to be corrected, will normally be compensated.
Who we are
We have around 4,400 staff based at our main office in Croydon and in 13 other offices around the country. Our department was created in 1862 and the work that we do is required under the Land Registration Act 2002 and the Land Registration Rules 2003.
Within England and Wales, our responsibilities are to:
- provide a reliable record of information about ownership of and interests affecting land
- provide owners with a land title that is underpinned by the state
- simplify the transfer of interests in land
From 2014 to 2015, our priority is to be recognised as a world leader in digital delivery of land registration services and in the management and re-use of land and property data.
Our anti-bribery commitment
We are committed to carrying out our statutory and commercial business with fairness, openness and honesty.
Bribery is illegal and has no place in our organisation.
We have policies and procedures to underpin bribery prevention, including the confidential reporting of any bribery allegations, and we take a zero tolerance approach to any offence.
For over a decade we have been sharing more than 150 years of experience and knowledge in developing a world class land registration system with other countries.
We provide advice, expertise and technical know-how to those countries seeking to develop their own land administration systems, with specific focus on those who wish to:
- establish and develop private land and property ownership
- establish security of land tenure
- develop functioning land and mortgage markets
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