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Local Land Charges

The Local Land Charge search – usually requested by your solicitor - protects you from nasty surprises related to the property you are in the process of buying. Local Land charges are registered against the land itself and so they can affect successive owners who must comply with them.

Please note that local land charge search fees will rise on 1 April 2022. 

Full searches can reveal any restrictions on planning that may affect the property. The Local Land Charge Search (LLC1) register lists all the land charges currently listed against a property.  

The Con29R search will also tell you additional relevant information about pending decisions, turned down planning applications or service charges that are applied to the property not a person.  

Examples of what a Land Charge search will show could be:

  • the loft extension, built three years ago, doesn't have planning permission and may have to be put back to original state
  • there is a financial charge registered against the property and money is owed to the council.

Usually solicitors apply to us and we investigate whether there are any legal restrictions which may affect the property, and bring all the information together in the form of a Local Authority Search which is a statutory requirement for the purchase of any land or property.

In line with HMRC guidance we will be applying VAT at 20% to our CON29 search fees. LLC1 search fees are not subject to VAT charges.