These searches are carried by buyers’ Conveyancing Solicitors with the Land Registry immediately prior to completion of the purchase of a property.
They are done to check that there have not been any changes to the seller’s title since an official copy of the register was supplied at the beginning of the transaction. If there have been any changes then the buyer’s Conveyancing Solicitor will make further enquiries, and may require the seller’s Conveyancing Solicitor to arrange for the cancellation of any new entries on the title register.
The search specifies a period (known as the priority period. ) During that period the land registry will not register any further applications to change the register, except for the one made by the buyer’s Conveyancing Solicitor. This means that the seller cannot then deal with the property, such as attempting to sell or mortgage it to someone else.