Local land charges searches are normally required in the property-buying process. Most local land charges are restrictions or prohibitions on the use of the property. The local land charges search will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge if that charge has been registered. The property will be subject to it regardless of whether it is registered or not. Other searches will need to be conducted to determine whether a property has an obligation on it.
Responsibility for the 326 registers held by English local authorities will be transferred to HM Land Registry under the Infrastructure Act 2015. This guidance includes information about our consultation on the draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017 and about local authorities’ preparation for the migration of their data.
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