Local land charges search

If you are buying or carrying out transactions on a piece of land (or house) in Hackney, we can investigate whether there are any legal restrictions which may affect the property, and will bring all the information together in the form of a local authority search. 

The turnaround for official residential/commercial searches is 15-20 working days. You can also do a personal search or find out how to submit an application.

On 1 April, a VAT charge of 20% was introduced in addition to search fees.

LLC1 (Register) searches will not be subject to the VAT charges. Please refer to the table below to see the associated new charges:

Schedule of fees from 1 April

Schedule of fees for official local land charges searches from 1 April 2017

Item

Fees

VAT

Total

LLC1 - All Parts

£43.00

n/a

£43.00

CON29R

£87.00

£17.40

£104.40

LLCI and CON29R

 

£147.40

Other charges

CON29O

£8.00 (each)

£1.60

£9.60

CON29O  Q.22

£15.00

£3.00

£18.00

Duplicate of search result

£10.00

n/a

£10.00

Extra parcels

LLC1

£6.00

n/a

£6.00

CON 29

£35.00 (each)

£7.00

£42.00

Personal search fees

Item

Fees

VAT

Total

LLC1

No charge

n/a

Free

CON29R

£6.70 (each)

£1.34

£8.04

CON29R extra parcels

2.35 (each)

47p

£2.82

CON29O

£8.00 (each)

£1.60

£9.60

CON29O extra parcels

£2.85 (each)

57p

£3.42

CON29O Q.22

£15.00

£3.00

£18.00

CON29O Q.22

£5.30

£1.06

£6.36

Information on charges

We collect information from various departments in the Council and provide information of charges held on all properties within our jurisdiction. The information is mainly provided for purposes of conveyancing in the business of buying, selling and re-mortgaging property.

A charge refers to a burden on the land on which the property is situated. They are restrictive and/or financial and are passed onto successive owners. Among the various charges are:

  • planning decisions
  • enforcement notices
  • planning agreements
  • restrictive covenants
  • tree preservation orders
  • conservation areas and listed buildings notices
  • dangerous structure notices
  • environmental health notices
  • light obstruction notices

Local land charges register

The information is held in the local land charges register. To do an inspection of the register, form LLC1 and form CON29 need to be submitted. This type of search is called an official search.

Submitting applications

Searches are often submitted by solicitors on behalf of their clients but individuals can also submit independent applications. These can be obtained at a fee from solicitors offices or electronically from Oyez Straker or Shaw and Sons.

Oyez Straker:

Shaw and Sons:

Each application needs to have an up to date Ordnance Survey plan/map attached to it indicating precisely the extent of the land being searched.

Search applications are in three parts:

  • LLC1 register
  • Part 1 CON29 supplementary enquiries
  • Part 2 CON29 supplementary enquiries

The most common is the combined LLC1 and Part 1 CON29 search. This is comprehensive with detailed responses to all supplementary the Part 1 CON29 enquiries. This information is only available through this type of search carried out by the local authority.

For land registry see the Land Registry

Personal search 

Members of the public and search agents can conduct personal searches.

It must be stressed that on this type of search the council will not issue the applicant with an official search certificate or advise on how a personal search is conducted. All the work will be required to be done by the applicant themselves.

Fees

Following the amendment to the Local Land Charges Rules 1977, the basic personal search fee of £22.00 has been abolished.

Page updated: 12/04/2017 10:19:58