An important online tool has gone live in the shape of the Land Registry's database of 19 million English and Welsh properties.
For a £2 fee the Land Register Online offers title plans, registers of ownership and, where available, property prices.
Increased transparency of pricing is one of LRO’s stated objectives, with the Registry stating it hopes better access to prices paid for properties will help stop people paying over the odds.
Today’s launch follows trials carried out since March 2003, a spokesperson says.
Changes initiated since the trials include making the service accessible on Macintosh-brand computers, and ensuring matching access for Welsh speakers.
Possible further developments may include making additional documents available online, which are referred to in the title and register documents currently available.
The Land Registry has scanned tens of millions of documents held, above and beyond those currently available, with more than 100 million pages done, and is planning to use the next financial year studying the issue of rolling out additional online services, the spokesperson says.
Landregisteronline.gov.uk is is available between 7AM to 12 Midnight Monday to Saturday, allowing time for website maintenance and building.IFAonline
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