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HMLR – local land charges

We reported in our March 2019 (p5) and November 2019 (p4) editions on the transfer of the local land charges data to HMLR. The services offered are:
For an official search (£15) or a personal search (free): 
  • the description of the local land charge;
  • the registration date (this is when the charge was added to the register); and
  • details of the authority that can answer questions about this local land charge. 
For an official search (£15), the following is also provided: 
  • an official search certificate, which is secure (tamper-proof), digitally signed and guaranteed by HMLR, ensuring authenticity;
  • an electronic link to the place where the document is available for inspection, if this link has been provided by the originating authority;
  • the local land charge boundary, showing where a charge starts and stops;
  • for six months, each search will:
    • have unlimited downloads of official certificate;
    • have unlimited repeat official searches to check for new charges before completing a transaction;
    • be available to download in multiple formats (PDF, JSON, CSV, XML);
    • have a search history dashboard; and
    • show active and lapsed searches.
HMLR points out that the benefits of this exercise are: 
  • guaranteed search results that provide the highest level of due diligence;
  • the full spatial extent of every charge appears on the search result;
  • standard £15 fee for each search, providing a reduction to the current national average price;
  • consistent quality of data which provides clear and accurate search results;
  • instant online search results with 24/7 access to the data, reducing delays in receiving searches;
  • unlimited repeat searches for six months to check for any new charges before completing a transaction; and
  • search history dashboard giving practitioners access to previous searches at any time.
An application for an official search can be made via the HMLR portal, or Business Gateway, or the Local Land Charges service on GOV.UK.
When the transfer of data from an individual local authority to HMLR is completed, local authorities will still be required to apply, vary and cancel charges in the new register. They will also need to provide source documents on request and respond to additional enquiries from customers following HMLR’s issue of a search result. Source:

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