What are Conveyancing Searches?
Conveyancing Assistant, Alice Ghorst, explains Conveyancing Searches and their importance when buying a property.
When buying a property the purchaser must find out as much information as possible before exchange of contracts take place. The law imposes a clear obligation on a purchaser to investigate all matters relating to the property in the context of the vendor only having a limited duty of disclosure.
Local authority searches and drainage and water searches are both compulsory in order to meet your lender’s requirements when obtaining a mortgage. However, if you’re buying a property and do not need support from a lender then the decision to proceed with such searches is entirely that of the purchaser.
As a firm, we highly recommend both the local authority search and drainage and water search are done in all property purchases.
A local authority search will cover such things as:
- Planning decisions/designations affecting the property
- Whether roads and footpaths are publicly maintained
- Public rights of way
- Building regulations approvals
Drainage and water searches provide information such as:
- Sewer connections
- Mains water supply connections
- Surface water drainage
- Whether there are any publicly maintained drains running through the property
Depending on the location of the property, there could be more specific searches that are needed for a particular area. For example; coal mining, flooding, energy/infrastructure and environmental searches are all additional searches which can be obtained to gather further information on a property and its surroundings.
All search results are reported to the purchaser before contracts are exchanged. Once this information is in hand, a purchaser can digest this before deciding whether to proceed.
For more information on Property/Conveyancing Searches, contact Alice Ghorst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author
Alice Ghorst is a Conveyancing Support Assistant at Burnetts.