Local land charges

Why do you need to do a land charge search?

It is vital to have a search carried out when buying a property. This will give you information on issues which may affect the property, such as:

  • new roads
  • planning agreements
  • tree preservation orders
  • listed buildings
  • financial charges
  • enforcement notices
  • conservation areas

There are various searches available. If you are not sure which type of search you need, speak to your solicitor or the land charges team.

The council has a statutory duty under the Local Land Charges Act 1975 to maintain an up-to-date register of local land charges affecting property and land within Watford.

A local land charge is a limitation imposed on land or property either to secure the payment of a sum of money or to limit its use on successive owners or occupiers of the land or property.

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