It is important when purchasing a property that certain searches are carried out prior to the exchange of contract as there may be some important information or expensive charges linked to the property that aren’t previously known.
Local Land Charges Search
The local authority is required to keep a publicly accessible register of entries which can include planning permission which has been granted, financial charges and any restrictions on permitted development.
Local Authority Search
The local authority keeps more information about the property and the local area than will be contained on in the Local Land Charges Register. The information will not just help to build up a better picture of the property that is being bought but will also include details of any planned local authority works which could affect the property and any planning permissions made; including those refused and withdrawn. Once the property has been purchased the buyer would be bound by any matters that the search revealed.
A drainage search is not always required but is generally very useful as it will confirm who the sewers, drains and pipes are maintained by, whether the property is connected to the public water supply and whether there are any water mains located within the property’s boundaries. The search is important as it allows the buyer to in advance if there are any restrictions on the properties future developments by the location of the water main and also to know who is liable for the bill of maintenance works.
Local authorities are now required to identify areas of land which may be contaminated as the liability and cost of cleaning up contaminated land may fall to the owner of the property. The search will reveal the lands previous uses which can help to establish any potential contamination issues and allow potential buyers to be advised of any potential liabilities. The search can also inform the purchaser if the property is in an area affected by landslip, flood or subsidence.
Chancel Check Report
Usually the cost any repairs which need to be undertaken on a church will be met by the church, however in some areas these repairs are not met by the church and are instead met by local property owners. To identify whether a property would be liable to this chancel repair it is possible to check the Chancel Check Report.
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