Home Movers

This page provides information for members of the public moving home within Mid Sussex District.

Moving home can be one of the most stressful experiences in our lives. At Mid Sussex District Council's Local Land Charges, we offer a quick, efficient and reliable service to help make your home moving experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Your Local Authority is the only source for an official certificated search, and provides you with replies to over 60 different questions.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions. Click on any of them to find more information.

  • What is a Local Land Charges Search and why would I need one?

    In simple terms, a search is an investigation to reveal any restriction or prohibition on a specific property or parcel of land.

    The most important fact is that any such Local Land Charges are binding on successive owners or occupiers.

    Every Local Authority maintains a statutory Local Land Charges Register. Some examples of Local Land Charges held on the Registers are:

    • Tree Preservation Orders

    • Enforcement Notices

    • Legal Agreements

    • Listed Buildings

    • Conservation Areas

    • Public Health notices

    • Any other document containing local authority imposed conditions or restrictions.

    A Local Land Charges search reveals this information, plus that held by other sections within the Local Authority including Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health and Highways (based at West Sussex County Council).

    A Local Authority search is your assurance that there are no outstanding issues or restrictions that may affect the property that you are buying or your subsequent use and enjoyment of that property.

    For example, how would you feel if you found out after you moved in to your dream home that the previous owner's beautiful extension does not fully comply with planning and building regulations? Or that your home is in a Conservation Area that limits your potential plans? A Local Land Charges search reveals such potential issues.

    Your solicitor can also request additional questions for your peace of mind. For example your solicitor can enquire as to whether new housing developments are due to be built in the near vicinity, or whether your neighbours have pending planning applications that could affect your property.

    Ensure you ask them to make these specific enquiries when they submit your Local Authority Search.

  • What is the difference between a Local Authority Certificated Search and a Personal Search?

    The Local Authority is the only source for an official certificated search. For the LLC1 certificate, experienced and skilled Officers inspect and interpret the Local Land Charges Registers, then provide the full information for that property or piece of land. See an example LLC1 form.

    The other part of a Full Search is known as the Con29. This answers over 60 questions, and is also completed by fully trained and experienced staff in each of the four additional relevant sections: Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health and Highways.

    The officers refine the information and reveal the details that are relevant to the property or land being searched. See an example Con29 form.

    A personal search can be carried out by the home mover themselves, or by a private personal search agent or company. With a personal search, the person undertaking the search has access to inspect the Local Land Charges Registers.

    A personal search does not include the Con29 form information or the official LLC1 certificate, unless this is requested at an additional cost by the person or company performing the search.

    Due to the suspension of Home Information Packs (HIPS) by the Government on May 21st 2010, Personal Search Companies are no longer required to reveal all Con29 information, as was the case when HIPS were in force.

    For all Official Local Authority searches, we endeavour to return the search within five working days, and respond to all follow up enquiries to your search within 24 hours.

  • What kind of questions can I ask my solicitor to know I’m choosing the right search?

    Most of us rely on our solicitor to make the right decisions when purchasing a new home. Buying a house is likely to be the biggest purchase of your life, so you want to make sure you know everything about it.

    Here are some of the questions you can ask your solicitor to help you make an informed decision as to whether you have all the information you need, before you go ahead with your property purchase:

    • Where did the search information come from?
    • If the information did not come directly from the Local Authority, can you tell whether it is up to date?
    • If the Local Authority did not supply the search, have all of the required questions been answered fully?
    • Has insurance been used? If so, is the cover adequate and does it cover you after the date of completion?
    • How can any follow up queries regarding the search be raised? 

    For a complete guide to the facts on property searches, get your comprehensive free guide to property searches from Land Data, the UK's leading provider of electronic land and property information below:

    Land Data - Property Searches Explained

  • What does a Local Land Charge search cover and include?

    The search reveals all information held on the statutory Local Land Charges Register.

    Examples include - 

    • Tree Preservation Orders
    • Enforcement Notices
    • Legal Agreements (such as Section 52 or Section 106 agreements)
    • Listed Buildings
    • Conservation Areas
    • Public Health notice
    • Any other document containing local authority imposed conditions or restrictions.

    A Local Land Charges Search also includes details effecting each particular property or piece of land by four other departments: Planning, Building Control, Environmental Health and Highways.

  • Who can I contact for more information?

    Local Land Charges by telephone: (01444) 477444 or by email: landcharges@midsussex.gov.uk

    For a complete guide to the facts on property searches, get your comprehensive free guide to property searches from Land Data, the UK's leading provider of electronic land and property information below:

    Land Data - Property Searches Explained

  • How does a Local Land Charges search fit in with the Home Information Pack?

    The Government announced the suspension of Home Information Packs with immediate effect from 21 May 2010.

    Homes marketed for sale on or after 21 May 2010 will no longer require a Home Information Pack (HIP).

  • How long is a Local Authority Search valid for?

    Any search is only valid on the day it is produced.

    We cannot predict potential future restrictions, prohibitions or Planning consents which may affect the property or land. We can only reveal those which already exist.

    When buying a new home, check with your solicitor as to how recently the search for the new property was carried out, and therefore how current the search information is.