Miscellaneous and supplementary
12Office copies as evidence
An office copy of an entry in any local land charges < register shall be admissible in evidence in all proceedings and between all parties to the same extent as the original would be admissible.
13Protection of solicitors, trustees etc.
A solicitor or a trustee, personal representative, agent or other person in a fiduciary position, shall not be answerable in respect of any loss occasioned by reliance on an erroneous official search certificate or an erroneous office copy of an entry in a local land charges register.
(1)The Lord Chancellor may, with the concurrence of the Treasury as to fees, make rules for carrying this Act into effect and, in particular, rules—
(a)for regulating the practice of registering authorities in connection with the registration of local land charges or matters which, when registered, become local land charges;
(b)as to forms and contents of applications for registration, and the manner in which such applications are to be made;
(c)as to the manner in which the land affected or to be affected by a local land charge is, where practicable, to be identified for purposes of registration;
(d)as to the manner in which and the times at which registrable matters are to be registered ;
(e)as to forms and contents of requisitions for official searches and of official search certificates ;
(f)for regulating personal searches and related matters;
(g)as to the cancellation without an order of the court of the registration of a local land charge on its cesser, or with the consent of the authority or body by whom it is enforceable;
(h)for prescribing the fees, if any, to be paid for the filing of documents with a registering authority, the making of any entry on a register, the supply of copies of, or the variation or cancellation of, any such entry, and the making of any search of a register.
(2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) above, the power to make rules under that subsection shall include power to make rules (with the concurrence of the Treasury as to fees) for carrying into effect the provisions of any statutory provision by virtue of which any matter is registrable in any local land charges register.
(3)The power to make rules under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument which shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.
There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament—
(a)any administrative expenses incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department in consequence of this Act;
(b)any expenditure incurred by a Minister of the Crown or government department in the payment of any amount recoverable from him or them under this Act by a registering authority;
(c)any increase attributable to this Act in the sums so payable under any other Act.
(1)In this Act, except where the context otherwise requires—
" the appropriate local land charges register" has the meaning provided by section 4 above;
" the court" means the High Court, or the county court in a case where the county court has jurisdiction;
" land " includes mines and minerals, whether or not severed from the surface, buildings or parts of buildings (whether the division is horizontal, vertical or made in any other way) and other corporeal hereditaments;
" official search certificate" means a certificate issued pursuant to section 9(4) above;
" the originating authority ", as respects a local land charge, has the meaning provided by section 5(4) above;
" personal search " means a search pursuant to section 8 above;
" prescribed " means prescribed by rules made under section 14 above;
" the registering authority ", in relation to any land or to a local land charge, means the registering authority in whose area the land or, as the case may be, the land affected by the charge is situated, or, if the land in question is situated in the areas of two or more registering authorities, each of those authorities respectively;
" statutory provision " means a provision of this Act or of any other Act or Measure, whenever passed, or a provision of any rules, regulations, order or similar instrument made (whether before or after the passing of this Act) under an Act, whenever passed.
(2)Except in so far as the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Act to an enactment is a reference to that enactment as amended, extended or applied by or under any other enactment, including this Act.
17Amendments of other statutory provisions
(1)The Land Charges Act 1972 shall be amended as follows:—
(a)for section 1(3) there shall be substituted—
“(3)Where any charge or other matter is registrable in more than one of the registers kept under this Act, it shall be sufficient if it is registered in one such register, and if it is so registered the person entitled to the benefit of it shall not be prejudicially affected by any provision of this Act as to the effect of non-registration in any other such register.
(3A)Where any charge or other matter is registrable in a register kept under this Act and was also, before the commencement of the Local Land Charges Act 1975, registrable in a local land charges register, then, if before the commencement of the said Act it was registered in the appropriate local land charges register, it shall be treated for the purposes of the provisions of this Act as to the effect of non-registration as if it had been registered in the appropriate register under this Act; and any certificate setting out the result of an official search of the appropriate local land charges register shall, in relation to it, have effect as if it were a certificate setting out the result of an official search under this Act.”;
(b)in section 2(4) and in section 2(5) the words " (not being a local land charge)" shall be inserted after
“any of the following”.
(2)Schedule 1 to this Act (which contains consequential amendments of other Acts and of a Measure) shall have effect.
18Power to amend local Acts
(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, the Lord Chancellor may by order made by statutory instrument repeal or amend any relevant local Act provision that appears to him to be inconsistent with, or to require modification in consequence of, any provision of this Act.
(2)For the purposes of this section, a relevant local Act provision is a provision—
(a)contained in any local Act passed before this Act, and
(b)providing for any matter to be, or to be registered as,
a local land charge or otherwise requiring or authorising the registration of any matter in a local land charges register.
(3)An order under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament and may be varied or revoked by a subsequent order under this section.
(4)Before making an order under this section the Lord Chancellor shall consult any local authority appearing to him to be concerned.
19Repeals and transitional provisions
(1)The enactments specified in Schedule 2 to this Act (which include certain spent provisions) and the instrument there specified are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.
(2)Nothing in this Act shall operate to impose any obligation to register or apply for the registration erf any local land charge within the meaning of this Act which immediately before the commencement of this Act was by virtue of subsection (7)(b)(i) of section 15 of the Land Charges Act 1925 not required by that section to be registered as a local land charge, except after the expiration of one year from the commencement of this Act; and a purchaser shall not be entitled to compensation under section 10 above by virtue of section 10(1)(a) or, where the charge was not registered at the time of the search, section 10(1)(b) in respect of a local land charge which at the time of the search was not required to be registered.
(3)Where any matter was immediately before the commencement of this Act registrable in a local land charges register, then, if the matter was, immediately before the said commencement, registered in the appropriate local land charges register nothing in this Act shall affect the status of any rights therein as overriding interests under section 70(1)(i) of the Land Registration Act 1925, whether or not the matter is a local land charge within the meaning of this Act.
(4)In so far as any entry subsisting in a local land charges register at the commencement of this Act could have been made in that register pursuant to this Act, or to any statutory provision amended by or under this Act, it shall be treated as having been so made, but nothing in this Act shall render enforceable against any purchaser whose purchase was completed before the commencement of this Act any local land charge which immediately before the commencement of this Act was not enforceable against him.
20Short title etc.
(1)This Act may be cited as the Local Land Charges Act 1975.
(2)This Act binds the Crown, but nothing in this Act shall be taken to render land owned by or occupied for the purposes of the Crown subject to any charge to which, independemtly of this Act, it would not be subject.
(3)This Act shall come into force on such day as the Lord Chancellor may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
(4)This Act extends to England and Wales only.