How Much Do Local Authority Searches Cost?

A “standard” local authority search is comprised of an LLC1 (request for a search of the Local Land Charges Register) plus a CON29 questionnaire.

A search with extra questions comprises of an LLC1 plus CON29 questionnaire, as well as some or all of the CON29O optional questions..

How long does it take to exchange after searches?

The time between conveyancing searches and exchange of contracts is typically between 1 and 3 weeks. Although this may seem like quite a long time, you’ll be pleased to know that you’re on the home straight!

Can local searches be fast tracked?

However, there are still many local authorities that do offer a fast track local authority option for an extra fee. Search turn around can be anything from 48 hours to six weeks, so If you are able to fast track, this might mean that the search would come back in 2 weeks instead of maybe 3 to 6.

Do I need searches when buying a house?

Whilst searches are required if you are purchasing with the aid of a mortgage they are not mandatory if you are a cash purchaser, as it is your own funds that will be at risk and not a mortgage lenders…. so it is your decision. But remember lenders ask for searches for a reason- to protect their investment.

What are local searches when buying a house?

The local search will provide information that is designed to reveal any potential problems or issues with the property and the surrounding area, which enables the buyer to make an informed decision on the current state of the property.

Why do local searches take so long?

Delays in receiving the search results can have an impact on the length of time it could take to complete your house transaction. If you are in a chain, it’s difficult to judge which search is better, as the speed of the transaction will depend on other parties in the chain.

Who pays for searches when selling a house?

This is due to the searches that are required as part of the research for the Vendor’s Statement. Although the purchaser can potentially rely on the information presented in this statement, the vendor is legally obligated to provide this information and must pay for the compulsory searches to back it up.

Can you do conveyancing searches yourself?

Using an agent to buy property The legal work involved in preparing the sales contract, mortgage and other related documents, is called conveyancing. While you can do your own conveyancing, most people engage a licensed conveyancer or solicitor.

How long do local authority searches take when buying a house?

two to three weeksMost Local Authority Searches will take two to three weeks, however this can vary from a few days to several weeks, depending on the local council.

What do local searches reveal?

A Local Search provides information in relation to the roadways serving the property, whether there are any planning permission and applications (where they have been granted, issued or refused) and a vast amount of other information.

What happens after house searches are done?

Your solicitor will normally undertake legal work on behalf of your lender as well. Once all searches have been received and answers to all enquiries have been answered satisfactorily, you will be invited by your solicitor to sign the contract papers including your mortgage deed.

How long does it take for local searches to complete?

When the search results are back, your solicitor will send a copy of them to you with a report summarising the main points. These usually take 2 to 3 weeks but the local authority search can take up to 6 weeks depending on the area and workload of the relevant local authority.

You can also conduct a personal search yourself for free, but this is not recommended as local reports require specialist knowledge to execute a search properly.

What do house searches look for?

‘Searches’ or ‘property searches’ are completed by your solicitor. They work with the local authority (and other organisations) as part of the home buying process. They use these to find out any information about the property. As well as any local development plans that may affect the home you plan to purchase.