City of London Corporation has become the third local government body to begin using the new national digital register for local land charges (LLCs).
HM Land Registry, which manages the register, said that from today anyone requiring an LLC search within the City’s area can run it through the Search for Local Land Charges service rather than the corporation’s system.
The City follows Warwick District Council and Liverpool City Council in transferring its LLC data to the register.
Richard Steele, corporate spatial data manager at the City of London Corporation, said: “While there are relatively few residents in the Square Mile, we have around 500,000 workers. This means a lot of buildings in a small area and around 23,000 local land charges relating to those buildings.
“Previously, our local land charges data was held in a mixture of paper and digital systems. Before migrating all the information to HM Land Registry’s digital register, we have digitised and accuracy-checked all the data. This helps to reduce business risk for future property transactions in the area.
“By taking part in the process the turnaround times for local land charges search results for properties in the City will be reduced from days to seconds.”
HM Land Registry said it is working in partnership with a number of local authorities in England this year to migrate their LLCs data to the central register.
Its business customers can use their existing portal and Business Gateway channels or their usual search providers.
Customers need to continue to submit CON29 enquiries to the local authority.
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