HM Land Registry searches and obtaining bank statements
HM Land Registry searches and obtaining bank statements

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • HM Land Registry searches and obtaining bank statements
  • Official copies (title number or full address known)
  • Index map search (title number or full address unknown)
  • Searching the index of proprietors’ names
  • Obtaining bank statements

When engaging in the disclosure process, either voluntarily or pursuant to a formal application for a financial remedy, it will be necessary to provide details about the former matrimonial home and any other property in which the client has an interest, such as the HM Land Registry title number and details of the registered owner(s) of the property.

Where a property is registered, much of the information required will be held on the title to the property. For unregistered properties, confirmation of ownership, details of any charges on the property and other information will be found in the title deeds.

Official copies (title number or full address known)

Where the title number or full address of the property is known, a request may be made for official copies of the register and/or plan from HM Land Registry. The applications is made in Form OC1. See HM Land Registry: Information Services fees for details of the fees payable.

The official copy will confirm the title number of the property, its owner(s) and whether it is subject to any charges. In cases of joint ownership, the official copy will indicate whether the property is held by the registered proprietors as joint tenants or tenants in common, the latter being identifiable by the inclusion of a standard restriction in the proprietorship register (section B). The standard restriction reads:

‘No disposition by a

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