Feedback sought on CON29 searches reform

As HM Land Registry starts the process of migrating local land charges information to a central database, the organisation has stated that it’s seeking the feedback of solicitors on reforming CON29 searches.

According to the Gazette, new director of transformation, Karina Singh revealed that the migration would start during the summer as the steps toward centralising local search data begin. The aim is that by the end of the year, data from 26 authorities will be available from the new ‘national Local Land Charges Register’.

As well as hoping to streamline the search process, the key objective of the centralised register is to level out the regional variations in cost, format and speed of Local Land Charge searches.

However, the need for centralisation has been questioned by the Law Society, who have raised concerns over historic data, currently held by local authorities, being lost.

In addition, HM Land Registry also set out plans to review the CON29 local search process, having also come to an agreement with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This will form part of the consultation on improving homebuying, with the Registry stating that feedback from legal professions would be welcomed. It was however, made clear that there were no plans for the CON29 searches to be removed.

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  • test

    The transformation of the information requested by CON 29 to open data is woefully overdue.

    Consistent data standards should be imposed on all local authorities without delay

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