What is a Local Land Charges search?
In most cases, when a property or parcel of land is purchased, leased, mortgaged or a valuation carried out, a request for a Local Land Charges search is sent to the relevant local authority.
This request for a search is usually (but not always) submitted by a 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 types of enquiries:
- Obligations and restrictions (LLC1 form) - covers obligations and restrictions on the property imposed by the Local Authority which will be inherited by any subsequent owner e.g. tree preservation order, or listed building status
- Standard enquiries (CON29R 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
- Optional enquiries (CON29O form) - 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.