Solicitors: are you ready for the digitisation of Local Land Charges?
With Warwick District Council confirmed as the first Local Authority to complete the digitisation of its Local Land Charges (LLC1) data, SearchFlow has announced it is ready to fully support conveyancers with instantly accessing the LLC1 when it goes live with HM Land Registry from 11th July 2018.
With other English Local Authorities scheduled to follow suit over the coming months, including Liverpool, Blackpool, Norwich, Peterborough and Lambeth, SearchFlow is fully prepared to continue seamlessly ordering and delivering LLC1 and CON29 searches, without conveyancers needing to change how they order these searches or their working and internal processes.
In addition, SearchFlow has confirmed that conveyancers don’t have to worry about the issue of ‘gapping’. Previously, the Local Authority would need to ensure a CON29 was processed first, with a minimal time-gap before the processing of the LLC1. With the Land Registry delivering the LLC1 in minutes, SearchFlow’s workflow will ensure that the CON29 and LLC1 continue to be delivered together, just as it is done now.
Confirms Stephen McCluskey, Operations Director for SearchFlow: “With the digitisation of Warwick District Council’s Local Land Charges data, it marks the start of a major step-change in our industry. The aim is to help improve the speed of delivery and the consistency of data presented from each Local Authority. We can confirm that we are fully ready to support our clients in seamlessly accessing this data from 11th July, without them having to change any of their current processes.”
As part of The National Land Information Service (NLIS), which is a Government approved and regulated electronic land and property searches portal, SearchFlow will continue to connect electronically with every Local Authority in England via the NLIS Hub meaning its customers will continue to receive a seamless service.
Explains Nick Dyoss, Director of NLIS: “NLIS was the beta test partner for this initiative earlier this year and so we are 100% prepared to support our licensed channels. For SearchFlow, being a fully licensed channel of NLIS means that its customers will experience a seamless experience: ordering and accessing the LLC1 and CON29 searches will not require any changes to existing working practices.”
NLIS connects users directly to land and property information held by Local Authorities, central Government and other organisations that provide official sources of land and property data. It offers the highest standards of electronic property search accessibility available on the market today. Regulated by Land Data, it is the safest, most secure data hub in the land and property search information market.
Talking to SearchFlow, Jan Boothroyd, CEO of Land Data added: “As a member of the Local Land Charges Programme Advisory Board, we’ve been able to work closely with HMLR to advise on the importance of keeping the time gap in delivering the LLCI and CON29 searches to an absolute minimum. As more LLC data migrates to HMLR, NLIS will ensure the gap is minimal and conveyancers will continue to benefit from a smooth and seamless electronic search service.”
With more than one million conveyancing searches run every year for over 2,500 legal clients across England and Wales, SearchFlow is regarded as one of the leading providers of comprehensive searches, surveys, identity checks and conveyancing insurance solutions.
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