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In simple terms, a search is an investigation to reveal any restriction or prohibition on a specific property or parcel of land. The most important fact is that any such charges are binding on successive owners or occupiers. Every Local Authority maintains a statutory Local Land Charges Register. Some examples of Local Land Charges held on the Registers are: Tree Preservation Orders, Enforcement Notices, Legal Agreements (such as Section 52 or Section 106 agreements), Listed Building or Conservation Area notices and Public Health notices or any other document containing local authority imposed conditions or restrictions. A Local Land Charges search reveals this information, plus that held by other sections within the Local Authority including Planning Services, Building Control, Environmental Health and Highways (based at West Sussex County Council).
Your solicitor can also request additional questions for your peace of mind. For example your solicitor can enquire about road proposals, public footpaths or common land (available at an additional fee). Planning information relating to adjacent properties, or the maintenance of nearby roads can also be requested free of charge.
A personal search of the Local Land Charges Register can be carried out by the home mover themselves, or by a private personal search agent or company. With a personal search, the person undertaking the search has access to inspect the Local Land Charges Registers. A personal search does not include the CON29 form information or the official LLC1 certificate, unless this is requested at an additional cost by the person or company performing the search.
May 2019 - The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the general public on “How to buy a home” and “How to sell a home”.
Questions to be put to solicitors
Most of us rely on our solicitor to make the right decisions when purchasing a new home. Buying a house is likely to be the biggest purchase of your life, so you want to make sure you know everything about it. Here are some of the questions you can ask your solicitor to help you make an informed decision as to whether you have all the information you need, before you go ahead with your property purchase:
- Who do you get to complete the search (direct from Local Authority or Personal Search Agent) and why?
- If the information did not come directly from the Local Authority, can you tell whether it is up to date?
- If the Local Authority did not supply the search, have all of the required questions been answered fully?
- Has insurance been used? If so, is the cover adequate and does it cover you after the date of completion?
- How can any follow up queries regarding the search be raised?
If you ned more information, please contact Local Land Charges by telephone on 01903 737782 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Local land charges fees
Below are the current fees for Local Land Charge searches. All requests must be made in writing to Local Land Charges quoting a relevant search number. The discretionary element of search fees will be reviewed annually during the budget setting process of the Council’s Business System. Cheques should be made payable to Arun District Council. Client cheques will be accepted however these need to be indemnified by the submitter.
|Full Search CON29 & LLC1||£81.00|
|Additional Enquiries Part 2 CON29O Optional||£7.20 each|
|Additional Enquiries Part 3 (of your own composition)||£18.00|
|LLC1 Form Only||£15.00|
|CON29 Form Only||£69.00|
|CON29O Optional Only||£26.40 + £7.20 per question|
|Additional Parcel Fees LLC1 £1.00 & CON29 £12.00||Total £13.00 for full search|
|Commons Registration Search (without CON29)||£33.60|
|Commons Registration Search (with full search)||£7.20|