IHTM09261) access this database through
the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) (
IHTM23002) Property Intelligence Unit
(PIU) in Sheffield.
The information on the database comes from copies of Particulars Delivered (PD) produced to the Land Registry by the purchaser’s solicitor and has information relating to freehold and leasehold (leases of 7 years or more) disposals from 1992.
The search is made by reference to surname only so a search for a common surname like Smith would find too many hits to be useful. Even with less common names it is helpful to be able to restrict the search to a particular geographical area as that would be more likely to find the person we are interested in. So, if you can identify the area in which the person was likely to have property, for example the area where the person lived and worked, the search is more likely to be successful. It also helps the PIU to have any relevant background information. When asking for a VOA database search therefore please supply relevant details in your e-mail accompanying the RISK 1 or RISK 2 form so that RRLT can pass these on.
If a search is successful we will be sent a screen print providing limited information. This will include the names of the transferor and transferee, the address of the property and amount paid. For leasehold property this would be the annual rent, date of lease and duration of the lease. If nil is shown this might simply mean that someone has not input the figure.
If we receive any screen prints RRLT will normally issue form 116 for a copy of the PD, for full details of the transfer, and send it on to you when received.
(This text has been withheld because of exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act 2000).
Examples of when you might ask for a search are
You should say why you want a VOA Database search on the RISK 1 or RISK 2.