A Local Land Charge Search contains numerous enquiries into the status of land and property. The Register of Local Land Charges contains details of all Local Land Charges registered against a property situated within Stafford Borough.
Information for the register comes from various sources including Staffordshire County Council - road and highway information, Planning - permission for development, enforcement and building regulations, Environmental Health - noise, smoke, pollution and enforcement.
An official search is certified by the Council and the Local Land Charges Act 1975 makes provision for statutory compensation if anything goes wrong. If a personal search is carried out this will not apply and you will not be able to rely on Section 10(3) of the above Act, which relates to compensation for loss.
A personal search can be made by making an appointment and visiting the Council's offices but the search result of the register is not certified.
Ask your solicitor to confirm that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search. The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal search of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information should only be undertaken with the approval of the client.
Most residential property searches are processed and returned in substantially less time than the guidance of 10 days.
A standard local search will give you a full planning history on your property / land plus any legally binding charges. It will also give you information on:-
No. Brine pumping in Stafford ceased in 1978.
No. Please contact Severn Trent Water Authority on Tel: 0115 962 7269.
No. Please contact the Environment Agency on Tel: 01543 444141.