It gives me great pleasure to announce we have released our Find Property Information private beta service on GOV.UK!

If you already have a Find a Property service account, you can log in to our new service and purchase a ‘title summary’ (if you don’t have an account, create one here).

The ‘title summary’ gives information from the full register in a clearer, simpler way and includes:

  • property address and title number
  • current owner’s name and address
  • what they paid for the property
  • whether the property is freehold or leasehold (known as ‘tenure’)
  • if there is a mortgage on the property, the lender’s name and address

The new service will give you access to search 17 million records (out of the total 24 million titles Land Registry currently holds) and provide us with feedback. This can include whether it meets your needs, how you feel the design compares to our other services and how you think the service could be improved. It’s early days, so not all the features will be available through the service, but we’re continuing to develop the service – which is why your feedback is important.

What’s next for the service?

In my last blog post, I explained the Government Digital Service assessment result had given us permission to launch the service as a private beta on GOV.UK.

As we had passed 17 of the 18 service standards, we would need to:

“…arrange a reassessment against point 12 (create a service that is simple and intuitive enough that users succeed first time)…. The panel would like to see evidence of the need for the login and that the current issues with the journey through the new service have been resolved.”

We’ll be spending the next few months building and releasing the ability for new users to create an account within the new service, allowing them to log in for future visits. We will then sit a re-assessment with Government Digital Service which when we pass will allow us to move the service into a public beta phase. The countdown is on!

Account creation countdown

We also want to investigate whether we can provide further benefits to the user. So for example, we’ve started looking at how we can allow users to re-access and retain any title summary they may purchase.

We also don’t want to make users create yet another account, so want to examine whether we can allow existing account holders of our other services to access to our new service.

We will also release all 24 million titles to the service, so users can search our whole database of properties registered within England and Wales.

Give it a test drive

Try this new service and let us know what you think, by either clicking the ‘feedback’ link within the service or posting a comment below.

Paul Chambers
By Paul Chambers,
Product Manager at HM Land Registry