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Local Authority Searches

Local authority searches are essentially an application for an official search of the Local Authority’s records, for written confirmation or a certificate disclosing matters or encumbrances affecting the land. Where a lease is being granted or conveyancing takes place, a local authority search should be undertaken.Typical information that might be revealed by a local authority search includes:


(i) ownership of roads and sewers affecting the property.

(ii) any road widening schemes in the vicinity of the property.

(iii) any breaches of planning legislation.

(iv) a history of the planning applications made in respect of the property.

(v) details of any pending Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO’s).

(vi) any smoke control orders.

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