Local Authority Land Charges Search
When you buy a house, your solicitor will make a search of the council's records to ensure there are no hidden surprises, such as motorways at the bottom of your garden or outstanding Notices requiring you to take action to remedy an earlier wrongdoing.
Please note the information given in a search relates to the property the subject of the search and not other properties in the vicinity of the property.
Official Local Land Charge Searches
The Local Land Charge Section carries out all official searches covered by the Local Land Charges Rules 2010, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries signed by the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council "Proper Officer".
The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client when time does not permit official searches. You are advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search.
The search will be in two parts:
Please note that searches must include the following when submitted to be accepted for processing:
As of the 4 January 2011 our fees are as follows:-
The CON 29(R) enquiries questionnaire, which forms part of the official search, contains many 'Warning' questions, the answers to which you will not find on any of the statutory registers.
Examples of the information only to be found by submitting a CON 29(R) are given below:
Reasons to use the Local Authority
How to request a search
To submit a full search, please supply the Local Land Charges Section with the forms LLC1 & Con29R which are available from your solicitor, or you can buy them from law stationers.
Both the LLC1 and CON29(R) forms should be submitted at the same time if answers to both are required along with 2 plans with the land to be searched clearly edged in red.
We also accept searches electronically via NLIS and via email. If you require additional advice relating to your search please contact us on one of the following telephone numbers: 01707 357357, 01707 357 358 or 01707 357 351.
Official Searches and enquiries should be sent to:
Local Land Charges, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6AE or DX 30075 Welwyn Garden City - 1
Other types of searches undertaken in the house buying process
Drainage Water Searches
Thames Water Utilities Ltd looks after the network of public sewers in the Welwyn Hatfield borough. If you require further information please contact 0118 925 1504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Land Registry Searches
Land Register deals with ownership of property. If you require further information, please contact the Stevenage Land Register 0844 892 1111 or visit their website.
This page was last updated on 02/07/2013