Customers sometimes contact us because they’ve come across a website with “Land Registry” in its name and want to know if it’s official.
Commercial service providers that aren’t part of HM Land Registry may use the words Land Registry in their title or descriptions. These companies can legally purchase information from us and then re-sell it at a higher price.
So how do you know you’ve chosen the official HM Land Registry website?
- Start at GOV.UK for all government services. You’ll see GOV.UK in the website address, eg www.gov.uk/land-registry
- Be aware that links appearing at the top of search engine results pages may have paid to advertise. They are normally marked ‘Ad’ to show this.
- Read the website’s About Us page (or similar), as this should provide details about the organisation or company which own the site. If they get information from us, then it should be clearly stated.
HM Land Registry will take action against service providers that mislead individuals by claiming any connection with or endorsement by HM Land Registry. If you think a website is misleading you can report it to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
There’s further advice on this topic on the GOV.UK blog