Property-buying in Wakefield to be made simpler by digital service

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Buying a property or land in the Wakefield area will be made quicker and simpler thanks to a digital service.

Wakefield Council is among a number of local authorities that are transferring their local land charges (LLC) service to HM Land Registry’s national digital register. In Wakefield this will start on 22 April. 
The LLC Register allows people to search information online. They can instantly see if a piece of land or property they’re interested in has restrictions, debts or legal rules that may affect the sale.

“We want to help make it easier to buy and sell houses, other types of property and land in our district.
“This approach means people can find out important information early in the process. It’s to make the purchase quicker, simpler, and cheaper for everyone.”

Gillian Marshall

Chief Legal Officer at Wakefield Council

Gillian Marshall

A digital search of the national register will reveal whether a property comes with restrictions on the use of property or land and any charges.
It could include planning permissions or listed building status. It enables buyers to make an informed decision about the purchase at an early stage.
People can find the information at Search for local land charges service.  They can download a personal search free of charge. Or they can buy an official search for £15. This will allow unlimited repeat searches for six months. 
For information:
Business customers can also access information through their HM Land Registry portal account or Business Gateway. 
When all local authorities in England and Wales transfer their local land charges service to the national register, it will contain more than 25 million charges. 
People will find it easier to search, merge and digest the information.
For more information visit GOV.UK.

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