A new digital search service is being launched next month by HM Land Registry, marking the latest phase in its attempt to speed up and simplify the buying process for agents and the public alike.
From July 11 anyone requiring local land charge searches for property or land in the local authority area of Warwick district council will be able to get them directly from HM Land Registry - the first authority to have this facility.
The Registry says it is also working with up to 26 other local authorities in England over 2018 and 2019 to migrate their LLC data to a central, digital register as part of a phased migration approach.
Once the data is migrated, anyone will be able to get instant online search results via GOV.UK and the other HM Land Registry channels.
The Registry searches will cost £15 for each search - providing a reduction to the current national average price - and will provide what the organisation describes as “guaranteed search results” including the exact area affected by the charge.
The service will allow online access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thus reducing delays in receiving searches, and users will be allowed unlimited repeat searches for six months to check for any new charges before completing a transaction.
The next councils likely to go live with this service include Blackpool, Blackburn, Darwen, City of London, Liverpool, Lambeth, Norwich, Peterborough and the Isles of Scilly.
This Registry says this “is a historic step forward in the government’s ambition to make the home-buying process simpler, faster and cheaper. It is also an important part of our Business Strategy to help improve the entire conveyancing process.”