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Local land charges

Last Modified October 19, 2015
 

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New CON29 Changes - June 2016

We will be going ‘live’ with CON29 changes on Friday 1 July 2016 – a day earlier than scheduled. This is so we can test the changes in the live environment to ensure everything is working as it should be and there are no bugs etc.

Until 11am 30 June 2016

If a CON 29R and/or the current CON 29O is received in electronic or paper form before 11.30am 30 June 2016, we will provide replies to the current enquiries. If an existing version of CON29 and/or CON29O is received by email, post, DX or by hand after 30 July, it will be returned, and new forms requested.

1 July

We will be switching the live system on and testing/processing new searches, so If you are submitting searches on this day, please ensure they are in the new format.

4 July on wards 2016

The new CON 29 and CON 29O enquiries should be used. Local authorities will accept and respond to the enquires from this date.

New forms can be purchased via legal stationers such as Oyez, Laserform International, Peapod Legal Office, or Law Society Direct.

Please note that photocopies and/or in-house produced forms ie word format, will not be accepted.

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 relevant local authority.

This search is usually submitted on your behalf by your solicitor or licensed conveyancer.

Local Land Charges inform potential buyers of property or land whether they will inherit any obligations or restrictions such as a tree preservation order or enforcement notice.

There are three parts:

Part one - LLC1 - the Official Certificate of Search Form, which covers obligations and restrictions on the property imposed by the Local Authority which will be inherited by any subsequent owner - for example financial charges (registered against the property by the local authority), improvement grants, tree preservation orders or listed building status.

Part two - CON29 - the Enquiries of Local Authorities Form covers things like planning history of the property, whether the road is publicly or privately maintained and whether there are any major road or rail proposals in the vicinity

Part three - CON29O - includes further (optional) enquiries. covers information about public paths or byways, houses in multiple occupation, hazardous substance consents and common land. The questions are not relevant to all properties.

Note: the LLC1 and CON29 form the standard search and the CON29O includes further optional enquiries that may be required.

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.

How much does it cost?

 

Official search Residential (LLC1 & Con29R) £70
LLC1 only (Residential) £18
Con29R only (Residential) £52
Official Search Commercial (LLC1 & Con29R) £90
LLC1 only (Commercial) £18
Con29R only (Commercial) £72
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
Duplicate copy - electronic £5
Duplicate copy - hard £10
Additional Questions

N/A

 

We are in the process of implementing Public Access for Land Charges (PALC). When PALC does go live, our fees will vary slightly with the introduction of a postal fee and a personal search fee (optional).

Please click here for further information.

Please note:  We are unable to cancel searches, or provide refunds, once requests have been uploaded to our system.  

How to request a search?

For a full search and enquiries, the following must be provided:

  • Forms LLC1 and CON29 (2016 Edition) one copy. CON29 forms and subscriptions are available from legal stationers or from The Law Society direct. The Law Society holds the copyright to form CON29 so we cannot accept 'Inhouse' versions or photocopies.
  • A correct and clear address of the property or land to be searched against.
  • One copy of a plan (preferably an Ordnance Survey extract) showing the full extent of the area to be searched upon edged in red. Please ensure the plan clearly defines the boundaries of the area to be searched upon and any highways on which replies are sought.
  • Optional enquiries (if required) must be submitted on form Con 29O.
  • The correct fee (cheques to be made payable to Hertsmere Borough Council). Clients' own cheques are not accepted. Alternatively, you can pay by card, please contact us on 020 8207 7491 for further information, or to make payment. There may be a small transaction fee to pay dependant on the card type.

 

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

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

How long does it take?

 

We aim to return all searches within seven to ten working days. However, please note that there may be some downtime during the new CON29 switch over, and we may experience some teething problems as we adjust to the new system, so your patience at this time would be greatly appreciated.

Inspection of the Local Land Charges register

Personal searches are by appointment only.

If you wish to undertake a personal search of the Local Land Charges Register you will need to book an appointment with us. Personal searches requests are processed the same as Official Search requests so lead times will be the same. See above.

Submitting a request:

  • We will need the name of the person or company who will be undertaking the search.
  • A correct and clear address of the property or land to be searched against.
  • One copy of a plan (preferably an Ordnance Survey extract) showing the full extent of the area to be searched upon edged in red. Please ensure the plan clearly defines the boundaries of the area to be searched upon and any highways on which replies are sought.
  • 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

 

Please queue in reception to see a Customer Service Advisor during the time slot you have been allocated. I.e. Tuesday, anytime between 10am to 11.30am.

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

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 only give you the right to inspect the base records, they do not entitle you to have the information verified or checked.

  • the base information you are viewing 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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