HM Land Registry calculates that 125,000 buyers will benefit from just the first phase of its digitisation programme for Local Land Charges.
From July 11 the first local authority in the UK, Warwick district council, has been able to handle local land charge searches digitally.
The Registry says it also working with up to 26 other local authorities in England over 2018 and 2019 to migrate their LLC1 data to a central, digital register as part of a phased migration approach. The other authorities are known to include Liverpool, Blackpool, Norwich, Peterborough and Lambeth.
The aim is to improve the speed of delivery of LLC1 searches, which are used as part of the property conveyancing process.
Now the Registry says this first phase of activity will benefit 125,000 buyers and, after later phases, all 326 local authorities currently holding local land charges information will have their data available digitally - in theory, drastically reducing the time it takes for conveyancers to retrieve the appropriate information.
“Standardising this information in one place, and at a fixed cost, will make home-buying simpler and cheaper” says the Registry.