What is the Local Authority Search – when buying a property?

The ‘local search’ or ‘the Local Authority Search’ is essential in every purchase transaction – it ensures that there are no nasty surprises when you buy your new place!

How does it work?

Requesting a Local Authority Search’ means we commission the search provider to do a search of the records held by the Local Authority.

The Local Authority will investigate the charges and existing obligations/restrictions on the register for the property. The Local Authority search will also provide further information regarding the use of the property and the responsibility of any footpaths and highways.


Who pays for the Local Search?

The Buyer pays for the Local Search


How long will the local Search take?

Timescales vary around the country. They vary from same day (electronically) to several weeks as it depends on the Local Authority itself.


How much will the Local Search cost?

The cost of the Local Authority Search is different for each area and varies greatly from £75 to a couple of hundred pounds.


Will the Local Search run out?

A Local Authority Search is time sensitive. New planning proposals that are submitted after the date of your Local Authority Search result will not be covered in the result.

You will need to take our advice as to whether you should renew the Local Authority Search.


How can we help?

If you would like Ringrose Law to act on your behalf for your conveyancing, please contact a member of the Conveyancing team at Ringrose Law at one of our offices in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark.

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