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Fenland District Council improves property-buying process in the area

From today (6 September), buying a property in Fenland has become quicker and simpler for everyone.

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As part of its digital transformation, Fenland District Council has worked with HM Land Registry to transfer its local land charges (LLC) register to their national digital register.

The LLC Register allows users to search information online instantly, enabling buying decisions to be made earlier in the conveyancing process.

Most local land charges are restrictions or prohibitions on the use of property or land, such as planning permissions or listed building status. A search of the national register will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge and enable the buyer to make an informed decision about the purchase.

Anyone can access the register's search for local land charges service. Business customers can also access it through their portal account or Business Gateway.

Users of the national register can download a personal search free of charge or buy an official search for £15. This will allow unlimited repeat searches for six months. All information is delivered in a standard easy-to-read format, with geospatial maps.

Cllr Dee Laws, Fenland District Council's Cabinet Member for Planning, said: "Fenland District Council's transformation supports wider government priorities to make property transactions quicker, simpler, and cheaper for everyone. So, I'm delighted that we are among the early adopters of the new HMLR register, which enables our residents and businesses to benefit from a transparent user-friendly service."

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. Data users will find it easier to search, merge and digest the information, while entrepreneurs and innovators will be able to develop new social and economic solutions that benefit the wider UK economy.

For more information visit GOV.UK

Article date: September 2022

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