Estate Rent Charges in England and Wales

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Cathy Priestley

Dear Land Registry,

Can you please supply me with the number of residential properties both freehold and leasehold which are subject to estate rent charges? If a selected date range is only available, can you please say what the range is.

I am happy to receive the information in electronic format.

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Priestley

Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

Dear Cathy Priestley,

Thank you for your email of 16 May 2017 requesting the number of residential properties both freehold and leasehold which are subject to estate rent charges? If a selected date range is only available, can you please say what the range is.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Senior Corporate Information Officer
Corporate Legal and Assurance Services
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park, Croydon, CR0 2AQ
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Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

Dear Cathy Priestley,

I refer to my email dared 16 May 2017 acknowledging receipt of your Freedom of Information Act request for the number of residential properties both freehold and leasehold which are subject to Estate Rent charges.

I am informed that some rentcharges entries could have been made in the register of the registered properties before 22 August 1977 when other types of rentcharges were possible. Therefore, it is not possible for Land Registry to identify only those which are Estate Rentcharges and similarly we are unable to distinguish between residential and non-residential properties. Since this date the creation of most types of rentcharges have been prohibited. The main class of rentcharge excepted from the general prohibition is the Estate Rentcharge. Could you please confirm if you still wish to proceed with your request.

Yours sincerely,

Senior Corporate Information Officer
Corporate Legal and Assurance Services
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park, Croydon, CR0 2AQ GOV.UK | @LandRegGov | LinkedIn | Facebook

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From: Sondh, Gurmale
Sent: 16 May 2017 13:52
To: '[FOI #406879 email]' <[FOI #406879 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Estate Rent Charges in England and Wales (our ref :-F170524-Priestely)

Dear Cathy Priestley,

Thank you for your email of 16 May 2017 requesting the number of residential properties both freehold and leasehold which are subject to estate rent charges? If a selected date range is only available, can you please say what the range is.

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this letter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,

Senior Corporate Information Officer
Corporate Legal and Assurance Services
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park, Croydon, CR0 2AQ GOV.UK | @LandRegGov | LinkedIn | Facebook

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Cathy Priestley

Dear Sondh, Gurmale,

Thank you for your response. I do wish to proceed with my request with a slight modification in the light of what you have told me.

Can you please tell me how many rent charges were registered in 1977, or failing that from the date that your records were recorded electronically and specify which date.

Also can you please tell me how many rent charges are registered now. I understand from what you say that commercial property will be included.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Priestley

Cathy Priestley

Dear Sondh, Gurmale,
Thank you for your email. Yes I would like to proceed with my request with modification based on what you have told me.

Can you please say how many properties were subject to a rent charge in 1977? If you are unable to to go back that far, what is the earliest date you have such records for and what number of properties were so registered?

Also please give me the number of properties with a rent charge now, or as currently as you have figures, with the relevant date.
I understand that commercial properties will be included.

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Priestley

Cathy Priestley

Dear Sondh, Gurmale,
The response to my request is delayed. The authority should respond promptly by law. Is there a valid reason for this delay? Are you able to answer my request?

Yours sincerely,

Cathy Priestley

Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

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Cathy Priestley

Dear Land Registry,
The response to my request is delayed. The authority should respond promptly by law. Is there a valid reason for this delay? Are you able to answer my request?

Yours faithfully,

Cathy Priestley

Petty, Roger, Land Registry

Dear Cathy Priestley

Thank you for your email of 19 June 2017.

I have investigated this and it appears your request wasn't fully actioned. I apologise for this. I have asked for the information and will get it to you as soon as I can.

Yours sincerely

Roger Petty
Departmental Records Officer

Corporate Legal and Assurance Services
Head Office, 1 Bedford Park, Croydon CR0 2AQ
DD: 0300 006 7054 | GTN: 67054
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Sondh, Gurmale, Land Registry

Dear Cathy Priestley,

Thank you for your email dated 17 May 2017 modifying your request further. You are now requesting the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) -

"Can you please tell me how many rent charges were registered in 1977, or failing that from the date that your records were recorded electronically and specify which date.

Also can you please tell me how many rent charges are registered now. I understand from what you say that commercial property will be included."

In relation to your first request as to - how many rent charges were registered in 1977, I am informed by our IT team that they have identified approximately 1,267 titles that have entries with an entry date of 1977 and the word "rentcharge" or "rent charge" in the entry text. The data is subject to the limitations already explained in my email of 17 May 2017.

In relation to your second request asking - how many "rent charges" are registered now, I am informed by our IT team that currently there are 93,496 registered titles that are subject to the rentchrge.

The data provided has been collected from a variety of sources as part of the land registration process. Whilst we make every effort to ensure that the data we provide is as accurate as possible we cannot guarantee it is fit for your intended purpose or use.

The data is also subject to Crown copyright. You may use the data for personal use/research but this does not entitle you to reuse it for any other purpose (including commercial use, marketing or publication). If you wish to reuse the information, please let us know what your intended use is, so we can consider this further.

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Louise Booth
Head of Corporate Legal Services (Core Services)
Head office
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Croydon
CR0 2AQ
Email: [email address]

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Yours sincerely,

Senior Corporate Information Officer
Corporate Legal and Assurance Services
Land Registry Head Office, 4th Floor, Trafalgar House, 1 Bedford Park, Croydon, CR0 2AQ GOV.UK | @LandRegGov | LinkedIn | Facebook

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