What are local land charges?

Land or buildings may have legal restrictions or obligations attached to them.

These could include:

  • tree preservation orders
  • being part of a conservation area
  • listed building status
  • conditions imposed on planning permissions
  • enforcement notices

Together these restrictions are known as local land charges.

These obligations pass on to new owners of a property when it is sold.

When you need to check local land charges

You may need to check what local land charges are in place for a property if you are:

  • buying the property
  • remortgaging
  • using it as security for a loan
  • leasing it
  • renting it out

Usually, your solicitor will request this information for you.