What is a Local Land Charge

A Local Land Charge is a restriction or prohibition imposed on a particular piece of land either to secure the payment of a sum of money, or to limit the use of the land. This charge is binding on successive owners and occupiers of the land. The object of the search is to uncover any restrictions or legal obligations against the site. This is to ensure that purchasers of land are not caught unawares by obligations enforceable against successive owners or occupiers of the land by local authorities under the terms of the various statutes.

The Councils have a statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain an accurate and up-to-date register of Local Land Charges affecting land and property in Adur District and Worthing Borough. Details of any Charges that are registered to land and property are listed in each Council's Local Land Charges Register. The Local Land Charges section also provide replies to enquiries on the CON29 and CON29O forms as part of the search process.

We provide an important service to members of the public who are purchasing homes and property. The section collates information from a range of council departments at Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council to compile replies to search enquiries, and ensure that search requests are returned as promptly as possible, so minimising delays in the house buying process.

Land Registry (the Government Department responsible for registering land and property) hold records on the title and ownership or interest in land. For any Enquiries relating to the Adur and Worthing area please check with the Land Registry.

Buying and selling a house - guidance

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for the general public on 'How to buy a home' and 'How to sell a home'. This guidance has been developed with relevant stakeholders, including the Local Land Charges Institute.

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Page last updated: 30 May 2019