There are two types of searches: LLC1 only and Full Searches (LLC1 and CON29)
This consists of entries in the Local Land Charges Register only and is submitted on form LLC1. It does not provide any of the valuable information that is supplied in response to a Full Search.
Form LLC1 is an Official request, submitted in duplicate by a Legal Practitioner or a member of the public to the appropriate Local Authority asking for a search of the Local Land Charges Register to be conducted. The Local Authority is under a statutory duty to comply with that request.
The fee for the LLC1 is no longer statutory and is therefore set by each individual authority. Find out more about fees and services.
This type of search provides the most comprehensive information. Most LLC1 submissions are accompanied by a questionnaire called the CON29. The information required to answer the questions on form CON29 come direct from various council departments. The CON29 form contains standard questions and additional part 2 enquiries (for which additional fees are payable). The CON29 forms should be supplied in duplicate, together with 2 copies of a plan showing the location of the target property.
Many of the questions contained on the CON29 form are considered to be 'warning' questions. Some of the information given may, at the end of the process, end up on the Local Land Charges Register. However, all the information given will assist a purchaser in deciding whether to proceed with the proposed purchase.
It is in reply to an Official CON29 submission that proposed road and rail schemes within a certain distance of land or property will be revealed. Only by submitting an official CON29 form can you find out about any formal or informal notices affecting a specific property. These notices could eventually lead to formal prosecutions taking place. Only an official CON29 will advise you of any proposed enforcement action, planning contravention or breach of condition notices.
Much of the information given by the local authority in reply to the CON29 form cannot be obtained from any other source. The majority of the information is not available to a personal searcher.
As previously stated, in addition to the standard CON29 questions there are 19 additional part 2 enquiries that may be asked depending on the type and location of the land or property. An additional fee is payable per additional enquiry. Whenever a property or parcel of land is being purchased we would strongly advise that an Official LLC1 and CON29 be submitted to the relevant Local Authority.
Form LLC1 is an Official request, submitted in duplicate by a Legal Practitioner or a member of the public to the appropriate Local Authority asking for a search of the Local Land Charges Register to be conducted. The Local Authority is under a statutory duty to comply with that request. However, the CON29 form is a contractual document, by accepting the fee the Local Authority agrees to answer some or all of the questions contained on the form. The CON29 form contains a set of standard questions plus a series of additional questions that may be asked if they are considered to be relevant to a transaction.
The fee for the CON29 is not statutory and is therefore set by each individual authority. Find out more about fees and services.
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Local Land Charges
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
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Telephone: 020 8891 7774
DX address: DX 200027 TWICKENHAM
Updated: 6 February 2020