Local Authority Searches
- What's it all about?
- Official Local Land Charge Searches
- Water Searches
- What is a personal search?
- What about CON 29 Questions?
- Our Commitment to you
When you are buying or selling a house, your solicitor will make a search of the Council's records to ensure there are no hidden surprises, such as motorways at the bottom of your garden or outstanding Notices requiring you to take action to remedy an earlier wrong doing.
The Local Land Charge Section carries out all official searches covered by the Local Land charges Act 1975, guaranteeing comprehensive replies to the official LLC1 and CON29 enquiries.
The Law Society, which regulates solicitors, encourages the use of official searches and considers that alternative personal searches of the statutory register, disclosing only limited information, should only be undertaken with the approval of the client when time does not permit official searches. You are advised to confirm with your solicitor that an official search has been undertaken and to inspect the Certificate of Official Search.
United Utilities looks after the network of public sewers in Tameside. This is a change because until recently, we carried out the day to day work on sewers in our area. This work has now transferred to United Utilities.
If you are asking for a search to be undertaken or you are waiting to undertake a personal search, please contact United Utilities Map Services on 0870 7510101. Access www.unitedutilities.com for further information.
|Full search both residential and commercial.||£60.00|
|LLC1 extra neighbouring property||£12.00|
|Extra part 2 questions||£12.00 each|
|Extra parcel of land or adjacent property||£12.00|
|Solicitors own written questions||£25.00|
|Personal search visit each address||Free|
|Personal search neighbouring property||Free|
|Commons / Village Green searches||£12.00|
The Council is experiencing a rise in the number of personal searches, despite the speedy turnaround time for official searches.
If you want to look at the Local Land Charge Register yourself you can do for free. This allows you to come into our offices and effectively do a search yourself. Whilst you are here you can look at the land charges register and you can also view our planning register, the development plan, and find out if any highways around the property are adopted.
To arrange this you can telephone us on 0161 342 2153 to book an appointment. There are 4 appointments available at 9.00, 9.30, 10.00 and 10.30. You need to supply us with the address of the properties you are investigating and you are allowed a maximum of 10 properties per appointment.
The council's computerised Building Regulations records do not extend back before 1 November 1999 so apart from using page (in development) to check that far back, prior non public records need to be searched manually. We will do this for you but there is a £20 fee for this service which can be ordered and paid for by clicking here. Copies of certificates cost £20 each and can be ordered and paid for on-line by following the link above.
If your request is of an urgent nature please contact us on 0161 342 2637. Please note there is an extra charge for urgent requests.
Only the basic information that is required to be contained in these Registers is open for inspection.
The CON 29 enquiries questionnaire, which forms part of the official search, contains many "Warning" questions, the answers to which you will not find on any of the statutory registers.
Examples of the information only to be found by submitting a CON 29 are given below:-
- Compulsory Purchase Orders
- Proposed Tree Preservation Orders
- Many informal notices under planning and highways laws not found on any register
- Road proposals or schemes (including road widening)
- Proposed enforcement action or breach of conditions notices
If you rely on a personal search from a solicitor or personal search company may we remind you that they are not given, or entitled to receive, answers to the questions on the CON 29, and any information they do obtain is not covered by Section 10(3) of the Local Land Charges Act 1975 which relates to compensation for loss. The only way to receive this information is to submit the official LLC1 and CON 29 forms.
We aim to return all official searches within 5 working days.