Digital Transformation of Local Land Charges Register to Speed Up Property Buying

Date Released - 21/10/2021

TAMESIDE’s Local Land Charges Register has gone online – speeding up the conveyancing process and boosting the local housing market and economy.

From 18 October, anyone requiring local land charges (LLC) searches in the borough for domestic and commercial properties will be able to get them from HM Land Registry rather than going directly to the council.

The council will still provide a service for any additional questions including  more in depth search on adjacent properties which will also be much more streamlined and quicker depending on the level of information required by the purchaser.

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 such as planning permissions or listed building status. 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.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney said: “This is a major milestone in digitally transforming our land charges services. We are the first authority in Greater Manchester to do this – placing us at the forefront of change within the city-region and the country.

“There are some massive benefits for current and future Tameside residents.  It means people can access property records directly online rather than having to visit Hegginbottom Mil in person.  It will speed up the conveyancing process for property purchasers in Tameside, subsequently benefitting the local economy and housing market. 

“The planning service more broadly is also expecting efficiencies from the digital register – reducing administration/processing time. 

“It is a brilliant example of how we can use digital technology to transform our services. It delivers a better service at reduced cost and supports our economic ambitions.” 

HM Land Registry is working in partnership with local authorities to migrate their local land charges data to a central, digital register as part of a phased approach. Once migrated, anyone will be able to get instant online search results via GOV.UK using the Search for Local Land Charges service.

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.

Customers will need to continue to submit CON29 enquiries to the local authority.

For an overview of the service, watch this short video.

For more information, read about the Local Land Charges Programme.

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