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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CON29 form? 

What is an LLC1 form?

Can I submit an application for an Official Local authority search myself?

Will my solicitor request an official search?

Why would I get an official search?

What’s the difference between a personal search and an official search by the local authority?

Are local authority searches more expensive and do they take longer than one provided by a private company?

Are Local Authority Searches insured?

Where do I find information about land ownership and boundary matters? 

How can I access records?

What is a CON29 form?

The form contains a standard set of enquiries agreed by central government, the Law Society and local authorities.

The CON29 enquiry form serves to provide prospective purchasers with information that relates to the property being searched and in some cases the area where the property is situated that may influence your decision to buy. Amongst other things, they provide the history of the property for planning applications and building regulations together with road information and potential road schemes that you are likely to want to know before purchasing. The Official Certificate of Search confirms charges that are already binding or restrictive on subsequent owners whereas the CON29 tends to reveal matters that may become charges. The CON29 and LLCI are therefore complimentary and tend to be requested together to form what is known as an Official Local Authority Search. 

The majority of information used in response to the CON29 enquiries comes from within the local authority or from the County Council (where applicable).

A CON29 enquiry form can be completed by either the local authority or another body. However  the LA completed CON29 is backed by LA insurance and is commonly referred to as an official CON29. Completion of the CON29 form by the LA is not a statutory function but a contractual one upon payment of the required fee.

The Law Society CON29 form guidance notes

What is an LLC1 form?

On submission of the LLC1 form, the applicants are provided with details of entries on the Local Land Charges Register in respect of the property(s) being searched. An LLC1 search can be carried out in respect of 12 parts of the Register or just single parts. The official Certificate of Search (LLC1) can only be issued and signed by a local authority. If it's signed by anyone other than the local authority, it is null and void. 

Can I submit an application for an Official Local authority search myself?

Yes. Please see our Submit a search page.

Will my solicitor request an official search?

Not always. Whilst an Official Certificate of Search can only be provided by us as the Local Authority, private companies can also inspect the Local Land Charges Register to provide search results. They can also answer CON29 enquiries from inspecting registers or requesting answers to information that might not be readily available.

If you want to ensure you only get an official local authority search, make sure your instruction to your solicitor is absolutely clear. Please don’t assume this what you will get as standard.

Why would I get an official search?

Our responses are provided by trained staff that have the necessary knowledge and expertise to extract and interpret the relevant information. They are produced and certified by us; the source of most of the information.

Ensure that the property you intent to buy doesn’t have any nasty surprises in store for you. 

What’s the difference between a personal search and an official search by the local authority?

The official Certificate of Search (LLC1) can only be issued and signed by a local authority. If it's signed by anyone other than the local authority, it is null and void. 

A personal search allows inspection of the Local Land Charges Register free of charge by anyone but is not signed or guaranteed by the local authority.

Are local authority searches more expensive and do they take longer than one provided by a private company?

We generally don't have access to search prices, turnaround and products provided by private companies and therefore this is difficult for us to answer. We can only tell you what we offer:

Cost

We are not able to make a profit on our product as we are bound by legislation. Private companies are not bound by the same rules. This may mean that you pay more for their product that is not guaranteed by us.

Turnaround

Our search results, on average, are returned to your solicitor within 2-5 working days.

Access to the Local Land Charges Register by private companies is generally available within 24 hours of us receiving a request however, they can request a date and time convenient to them. It's not uncommon for appointments to be requested for dates in the future; sometimes one or two weeks later.

Are Local Authority Searches insured?

All local authorities carry indemnity insurance. Authorities can also offer an additional benefit, in that they can in certain situations offer to remediate matters and this can often be more attractive to a purchaser than pursuing an insurance claim.

Where do I find information about land ownership and boundary matters?

Please visit Land Registry for more information.

How can I access records?

Further information can be found on our Access to Records page.

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