Property searches to get easier

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Property buyers in Hambleton are to get instant access to the local land charges information they need, speeding up the conveyancing process.

Currently, anyone requiring local land charges searches in the district goes directly to the council – but from October 28 they will need to get them from HM Land Registry.

The district council is migrating its local land charges data to HM Land Registry’s national register to make the home buying process quicker and simpler. Instant online search results will be available at search-local-land-charges.service.gov.uk

“Using digital transformation, we are able to speed up the process of land charge searches for anyone buying property,” said Jon Berry, Chief Planning Officer. “The new system will be quick and easy to use and give home buyers instant access to the information they need.”

Local land charges searches are normally required in the property buying process. Most local land charges are restrictions on the use of the property, such as planning permissions or listed buildings. The local land charges search will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge which then informs a buyer’s decision to buy a property or parcel of land.

HM Land Registry is working in partnership with local authorities in England to migrate their local land charges data to a central, digital register.

HM Land Registry’s business customers can use their existing portal and Business Gateway channels or their usual search providers to access local land charges data for those local authorities which have migrated.

Published: 14th October 2021

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