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What is a Local Land Charges search?

A Local Land Charges search ensures that a purchaser of land is not caught out by the existence of obligations or 'charges', enforceable against successive owners by local authorities, or central government.

The word 'charge' is not defined by statute, but is used to describe a burden imposed on land, the most important factor being that the charge must be binding on successive owners or occupiers of land or property. 

The charges detailed on the Local Land Charges Register would not normally be disclosed by a perusal of the title deeds or indeed by an inspection of the land or property itself.