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HM Land Registry is working with local authorities in England to register:
- all public land in areas of highest housing need by 2020
- all local authority housing stock by 2020
- the rest of public sector land by 2025
- 15% of the land mass of England and Wales is not registered
- 44 administrative areas have less than 80% of their land mass registered
1. Check if your local authority is in a priority area
If the local authority you work for is on the list of the top 51 areas of highest housing need (shown in Comprehensive registration programme: priority areas for land registration), please contact us so we can help you register any unregistered land or properties in your administrative area.
If you are not on the list of the top 51 areas of highest housing need, but have priority land or property for housing development, please contact us.
2. How HM Land Registry can help local authorities
The Government’s Housing White Paper Fixing Our Broken Housing Market announced that HM Land Registry would aim to achieve comprehensive land registration by 2030. This will include registering all publicly held land in the areas of greatest housing need in England by 2020. The rest of publicly owned land in England and Wales will need to be registered by 2025 or sooner.
We would like to understand your housing development plans and identify what registration activity is required to support these.
We will work with you to assess how much of your land and property portfolio is unregistered, and develop a registration plan.
3. Benefits of registration for local authorities
Registration of your entire land and property portfolio supports the Transparency Code obligations where local authorities must publish details of all land and building assets.
Registration establishes proof of ownership and simplifies the process of buying and selling property, making transactions simpler, faster and cheaper.
Registration helps effective asset management, one of the criteria in local authority audits. All title (ownership) information is kept on HM Land Registry’s Land Register database, reducing the need to store old and often unclear deeds. The register can be viewed quickly and securely online.
There is no better way to safeguard ownership of land and property than by registering your land with us. We will notify you if anyone else attempts to make a claim on a piece of registered land (adverse possession) so you have some protection against loss.
If the owner of a registered property suffers loss due to fraud against their property, they are eligible for state-backed compensation.
4. Registration fees
If you are making a voluntary first registration, there is a 25% reduction in fees. The registration fee depends on the value of the property being registered. There is a maximum fee for large scale first registrations.
6. Manage your land and property portfolio
Our commercial services can help manage your land and property portfolio. These include:
- ownership validation
- spatial data
- mortgage services
- property portfolio management
- risk management
To discuss your local authority’s registration requirements contact:
Public Sector Engagement Team
Phone 0300 006 2647