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Local land charges

Last Modified April 03, 2014
 

What is a local land charges search?

When a property or parcel of land is bought, leased, mortgaged or a valuation carried out, a request for a search is sent to the council in whose area the property lies.

This search is usually submitted on your behalf by your solicitor or licensed conveyance. It is an investigation into any information held by us relating to a specific property or parcel of land and is usually required by your lender (ie - your bank or building society) as a condition of securing a mortgage loan.

The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, which disclose only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client when time does not permit official searches. You are advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search.

We carry out all official searches covered by the Local Land charges Act 1975, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries.

There are three parts:

Part one - LLC1 - the Official Certificate of Search Form, which deals with all the registerable charges, for example financial charges (registered against the property by the local authority), improvement grants, tree preservation orders, conditional planning consents and agreements.

Part two - CON29R - the Enquiries of Local Authorities Form deals with issues such as road schemes, the planning history of the property and various notices which affect the property.

Part three - CON29O - includes further (optional) enquiries.

Note: the LLC1 and CON29R form the standard search and the CON29O includes further optional enquiries that may be required.

How much does it cost?

 

 Official search (LLC1 & Con29R)  £68
 LLC1 only £18
Con29R only £50
Additional Parcel of Land - LLC1 £5
 Additional Parcel of Land - Con29R  £15
 Q4 - Q21 per individual question £10
 Q22 when submitted with Con29R £20
 Q22 only £30
Additional enquiry £20
Duplicate copy - electronic £5
Duplicate copy - hard £10

Please note: We are not able to cancel searches once they have been received by us and entered into our computer system and refunds are not available. This is to ensure that we are able to continue to process all searches quickly to meet demand.

How to request a search?

There are full instructions on the Local Land Charge Search forms. Your solicitor will have these forms or you can purchase them from law stationers.

We now accept card payments, please contact us on 020 8207 7491 for further information.

Please note that applications must include the following when submitted in order to be accepted for processing:

  • Please ensure that cheques are made out for the correct amount and payable to Hertsmere Borough Council. Clients' own cheques are not accepted.
  • A requisition for search form (LLC1) and enquiries forms (CON29R and CON29O if required) and a plan.
  • The plans you submit must be of sufficient quality. Submitting a plan that has been re-used, or photocopied is an infringement of O/S copyright, and will not be accepted.

 

Searches should be sent to our Land Charges department at our main offices, by DX45602 Borehamwood or by email: land.charges@hertsmere.gov.uk

You can also use the National Land Information Service (NLIS)

How long will it take?

Our turnaround time has reduced. We now aim to return all official searches within approximately 15 to 20 working days.

Personal searches

Personal searches are by appointment only.

In line with official searches, our current turn around time is 15 to 20 working days.

If you wish to undertake a personal search of the Land Charges Register you will need to book an appointment with us. We require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for each address (a maximum of two addresses per agent, per appointment).

Please note that once an appointment has been made, addresses cannot be added. A new appointment for that address will need to be made.

Submitting a request:

  • We will need the name of the person or company who will be undertaking the search; the full address of the property (or area of land) against which the search is to be made and a site plan. We are unable to carry out any search requests without this information.
  • The plan must clearly indicate the area to be searched. We will provide information only on the area identified and it is your responsibility to ensure that the identified area is correct.
  • The plans you submit must be of sufficient quality. Submitting a plan that has been re-used, or photocopied is an infringement of O/S copyright, and will not be accepted.
  • Failure to provide a clearly outlined plan within the specified time period can result in cancellation of an appointment. Please respect that we treat all personal search persons with the same level of service and it is unfair to delay another person's appointment due to inaccurate or incomplete information being provided.
  • We will attempt to accommodate all requests made but we ask that you are aware that we may not always be able to provide you with your preferred appointment time.

 

Collecting results:

You will be able to collect results during the allocated times and days below only:

  • Tuesday: 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 11.30am
  • Thursday: 10am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4pm
  • Friday: 10am to 11.30am

 

In line with current arrangements, please queue in reception to see a Customer Service Advisor during the time slot you have been allocated. I.e. Tuesday, anytime between 10am-11.30am.

A Customer Service Advisor will then give you the information to copy before handing back.

Any notes of information held on the Local Land Charges Register must be taken by the personal searcher who is responsible for their content.  

It is strictly prohibited for you to photograph or scan the information provided to you at an appointment. Further action may be taken should we discover information being copied without our permission.

Please ensure that you are on time for any appointment time allocated. Late arrival can result in us having to re-arrange the appointment. This is due to the impact on other personal search appointments and customers.

Please note:

An inspection of the Local Land Charges Register is free under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) but these regulations give you the right to inspect the base records only and do not entitle you to have the information verified or checked.

  • the base information you are viewing may not be comprehensive and may contain errors.
  • If you wish to inspect base records in respect of CON29R enquiries under EIR, you will need to contact the individual council department involved ie - building control, planning and environmental health. An appointment may be necessary and it cannot be guaranteed that the same appointment time will be possible for all departments.

For further help:

For drainage enquiries contact Thames Water  
For highways enquiries contact Hertfordshire Highways
For land registry enquiries contact Land Registry

Related External Links

  1. National Land Information Service
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