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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM 19th MARCH 2020

HOW OFFICIAL SEARCHES AND PERSONAL SEARCHES ARE PROCESSED

PERSONAL SEARCHES

Please note that from Monday 23rd March all personal searches will be emailed back.  There will be no requirement to come into the council offices whether they are open or closed. As the situation continues to evolve, we have made this decision for the safety and wellbeing of our customers. This is however a temporary change in the way personal searches are carried out.

Any personal search appointments booked in – the results will emailed to you. We will still require an email request for an appointment date. The difference will be that you will receive the personal search result before or by the end of the day for the date you give for the appointment. 

Please bear with us during this period.  Emails may take a little longer to respond too.

OFFICIAL SEARCHES

From Monday 23rd March 2020 we will require all official search requests to either be sent to us via the following ways:  

NLISTM

As attachments by email to land.charges@stalbans.gov.uk

PLEASE AVOID SIGNING THE LLC1 or CON29s – TYPE A SIGNATURE INSTEAD.  Payment will be taken by card over the phone by one of the land charges team.  We will call you once we have checked the search is correct and you have detailed the correct fee

NOTE: IF YOU HAVE SENT IN A SEARCH REQUEST THROUGH THE POST OR DX ITS POSSIBLE WE WILL NOT RECEIVE IT. PLEASE CALL US TO CHECK. WE WILL HAVE RECEIVED IT UP TO 20TH MARCH HOWEVER AS THIS IS AN EVOLVING SITUATION, IF THE OFFICES DO CLOSE – WE WILL NOT RECEIVE THE SEARCH.  PLEASE ALSO NOTE WE WILL NO LONGER BE USING THE DX SYSTEM FROM END MARCH – ALTHOUGH THAT WILL BE IMMEDIATELY EFFECTIVE.

Please call if you have any queries. 01727 819513 or 01727 819511

The Local Land Charge team carries out all official local authority searches covered by the Local Land Charges Rules 2010, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1, CON29 and where relevant Con29O enquiries signed by the St Albans City and District Council "Proper Officer". Our searches are accepted by all Mortgage Lenders.

WE HAVE A TURNAROUND TIME OF APPROXIMATELY 2 – 4 WORKING DAYS. (dependent on staffing)

Submission of a Full Search

To submit a full search, please send an email to land.charges@stalbans.gov.uk

Before submitting the forms please follow all submission guidelines.

Guidelines for submission

  • Please email all search paperwork to land.charges@stalbans.gov.uk

  • If unable to email please post to Local Land Charges, St Albans Council, Civic Offices, St Peters Street, St Albans, Herts AL1 3JE

  • Please send a cheque for the correct fee made payable to St Albans City and District Council. We currently do not have the option to pay by BACS

  • All forms and plans should be submitted in duplicate

  • On the plan outline in red the clear and correct property/piece of land to be searched.

  • If required, add information on 'other roadways, footways and footpaths' to Box C on the Con 29 form and highlight as required on the plan itself. 

Fees from 01/11/2019

VAT No GB 198 2124 47

 

Inclusive of VAT

 Full Official Search Con29 and LLC1 (commercial and residential)

 

£100.00

Breakdown of fees:

 

 

LLC1

No VAT

£15.00

Con29

£70.83 plus VAT of £14.17

£85.00

Con290 Q4-20

£7.50 plus VAT of £1.50

£9.00

Con290 Q21

£2.50 plus VAT of £0.50

£3.00

Con290 Q22

£14.00 plus VAT of £2.80

£16.80

Parcel Fees:

 

 

Residential

£10.42 plus VAT of £2.08

£12.50

Commercial

£25.00 plus VAT of £5.00

£30.00

Request for copy search

£8.33 plus VAT of £1.67

£10.00


 

Local Land Charges Register/Personal Search

A personal search is an inspection of the Local Land Charges Register. This does not provide all the information that would be obtained from an Official LLC1 and Con29 search. It is possible to view the Local Land Charges Register under the Local Land Charges Rules 2010 for free. Appointments can be made on the following days:

Monday 2pm to 4pm
Tuesday 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm
Thursday    10am to 12pm or 2pm to 4pm 
Friday 10am to 12pm

Please email landcharges@stalbans.gov.uk with your request for an appointment. You may view up to 6 properties per visit. Should you require any answers to the Con29 you should contact the relevant department direct.