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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 more than 86% of the land mass of England and Wales.
Anyone buying or selling land or property, or taking out a mortgage, must apply to us to register:
- unregistered land or property
- any new owner of registered land or property
- an interest affecting registered land or property, such as a mortgage, a lease or a right of way
When considering each application, we use the law to decide whether and how it should be registered.
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.
We are committed to carrying out our statutory and commercial business with fairness, openness and honesty. We have policies and procedures to prevent bribery.
Who we are
We are a government department created in 1862. We operate as an executive agency and a trading fund. Our running costs are covered by the fees paid by the users of our services.
We work in 14 locations.
Find out more about our people and working for HM Land Registry.
Within England and Wales, our responsibilities are:
- to provide a reliable record of information about ownership of and interests affecting land and property
- to provide owners with a land title, guaranteed by the government
- to provide a title plan that indicates general boundaries
We do not provide legal advice on precise boundary positions and responsibilities.
Our ambition, mission and values
Our ambition is to become the world’s leading land registry for speed, simplicity and an open approach to data.
Our mission is: “Your land and property rights: guaranteed and protected”.
Our values are:
- we give assurance
- we have integrity
- we drive innovation
- we are professional
Read our customer charter to understand our commitment to you and what we need from you to help us deliver our mission.