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What are Conveyancing Searches?

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 ag@burnetts.co.uk.

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Alice Ghorst

Alice Ghorst is a Paralegal in the Residential Conveyancing team.

Published: Monday 12th June 2017
Categorised: Residential Conveyancing, Living Together, Legal Services in Newcastle, Penrith, West Cumbria

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