How old is my house?

People sometimes ask us “How old is my house?”, often because they need this information to take out building insurance.

We keep records of land ownership, not what’s built on the land. However, if your property was sold by the developer who built it, you could find out its approximate age using the date of the first transfer or lease by the developer, as this date is often referred to in the register.

Find out how to get a copy of a title register.

If your property was not sold by the developer who built it, we won’t have any information as to its age.

Other ways you can find out how old your house is:

  • If you are in the process of buying the house, ask your seller or their agent. As part of a sale, the seller must complete a ‘Seller’s property information form’ which may contain the property’s age.
  • If you have a mortgage, your survey may say how old the building is.
  • Your local authority may have a record of when planning permission was granted.
  • Ask neighbours in the same sort of properties, if they know the age of theirs.

If you have an older house, you could:

Frank Ramsay
By Frank Ramsay,
Head of Digital Communications at HM Land Registry