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Land Registry

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Land Registry has made of the number of (a) leasehold and (b) commonhold domestic properties sold each year in England and Wales. (94618)

Land Registry is responsible for maintaining and developing the register of title for England and Wales. Although it processes the registration of leasehold land and property and, since implementation of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002, commonhold registrations, it makes no specific assessment of the number of leasehold or commonhold sales.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Land Registry has made of the number of (a) leasehold and (b) commonhold domestic properties in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) each Government Office region in England. (94623)

Land Registry’s records show that, currently, there are 3.77 million registered leasehold interests in England and Wales of which 119,000 relate to properties in Wales. There are nine commonhold residential developments comprising 115 units of which 34 units have been registered in the names of the individual unit holders. One of these developments, comprising 22 units, is in Wales (18 units are registered in the names of the individual unit holders) and the remainder are in England.

Land Registry’s 24 local offices are distributed throughout England and Wales but do not necessarily deal only with land and property in their respective geographic areas. A breakdown of leasehold registrations by Government Office Region could be provided only at disproportionate cost.