Automated search companies have heaped praise on HM Land Registry following the digitisation of local land charge data - the LLC1 documentation.
From yesterday morning anyone requiring local land charge searches for property or land in the local authority area of Warwick district council have been 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 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.
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 aim is to improve the speed of delivery of LLC1 searches, which are used as part of the property conveyancing process.
One company taking advantage of the new facilities was SearchFlow, which says its LLC1 order was processed “in just a matter of seconds” and “marks a step-change in the way Local Land Charges search data is accessed and processed.”
“We are delighted to have completed our very first LLC1 search this morning. This aims to improve the speed of delivery and we are proud to support our clients in seamlessly accessing this data, without them having to change any of their working practices” says SearchFlow operations director Stephen McCluskey.
Andrew Lloyd, managing director of Search Acumen, says the facility will transform property transactions, which until now has taken anything from one business day to 40 days.
“LLC searches have too often been the fly in the ointment for both residential and commercial property transactions. Improved data access, standardised fees and faster turnaround times mean solicitors and conveyancers will save millions of days a year in unnecessary waiting times – and property buyers will save millions of pounds in unnecessary costs” he claims.