Local Authority Searches (Regulated)

A Local Authority Search is like a jigsaw puzzle which when completed gives a full picture of the property being purchased. It consists of many different pieces and it takes a skilled and competent person to ensure all the pieces fit together properly and that there are no pieces missing.

In many cases there are anomalies in the Council data, so we do not accept any data on face value and give more than just ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers.We can see immediately if something does not quite fit together or if something is missing and needs to be checked; this is where our skills and expertise come into their own.

A Pali produced Regulated Local Authority Search reveals all of the relevant entries in the Local Land Charges Register and other Council records and  include a clear and concise summary sheet of key data and information which is easy to explain to clients and highlights everything you need to know at a glance.

Our dynamic regulated local authority searches automatically include supplementary integrated information readily available at the click of a mouse, enabling you to immediately streamline processes and save invaluable administration time.

Each individual search is  PCCB Search Code compliant and is backed by an individual £2m Search Warranty including run-off cover. Pali is regularly audited by the Property Codes Compliance Board (PCCB) and is a member of CoPSO and IPSA.

What’s the difference between a Council Local Authority Search and a Regulated Local Authority Search?

A Council Local Authority Search is carried out and issued by the Council. It is otherwise known as an Official Local Authority Search. A Regulated Local Authority Search, otherwise known as a Personal Local Authority Search, is provided by a private search company such as Pali.

Pali produced searches will contain all the same information as a Council Local Authority Search, however Pali researches additional data resources which Councils may not check or have available. This means our local searches contain extra and more detailed data and information compiled by a specialist highly trained search expert, giving better value for purchasers’ search fees.

The vast majority of lenders now accept Regulated Local Authority Searches produced by Search Code registered companies and these are now the preferred option for a large percentage of solicitors and conveyancers because they are more competitively priced and completed much more quickly, reducing conveyancing transaction times.