Does anyone no how to find who owns a piece of land? There is a small bit of land with a burnt out double garage that i'm interested in. I've asked the neighbours but to no avail. Has anyone had any experience with the land registry?
Yes, I used to be a Land Buyer for a developer. It is fairly simple process.
You will need to locate (either by coordinates or a postcode) the parcel of land and outline the area on a scaled map, use www.magic.gov.uk. Find the relevant LR office buy using their website and go in to ask for some deeds.
It is about £4/5 for the plan and maybe the same for the deeds. It will have all the owner's details and any covenants listed.
Be aware of uplift clauses such as "should the buyer build on the land and sell the property with X number of years the last owner is to be paid X % of the uplift in value".
Make sure full vehicular rights of access at all times on to the land from such and such street/road etc. Unless of course you can provide alternative access.
I also used to come across ransom strips where the seller would sell a parcel of land but would keep a metre wide slither between the land and the access point so should anyone want to develop on it they then have to pay them a massive sum to gain access across 1 metre.
LR HQ used to be on Lincoln Field's in Holborn although I am not sure if this is still the case.