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Property searches and checks carried out during the conveyancing process

By z4027672030, Oct 15 2015 12:09PM

Though the majority of people will associate conveyancing with simply transferring the deeds of a property over from one person to another, the conveyancing process in fact also includes a series of property searches and checks, some of which are mandatory for a house to be sold.

As well as being a legal requirement, these searches may also reveal things that you may not already know about the property from a viewing or even from a survey. In order to ensure there are no other important factors you should be aware of, it is recommended that you enlist the help of a conveyancing firm. North Devon firm Taylors Solicitors specialise in conveyancing, offering an efficient and comprehensive service, with the conveyancing work covering the following searches:

Land Registry

There are two checks run with the Land Registry, both of which are legally required to sell: the title register and the title plan. These important legal documents prove the seller’s ownership.

Local authority searches

These searches look for any plans which may be carried out on or near your property by the local authority, as well as any red flags already registered with the property, for instance, plans to build new roads. Local authority searches normally take between 1 and 2 weeks, but can take up to 6 weeks.

Water authority searches

Water authority searches allow you to find out about your property’s water supply, as well as if there are any public drains on the property, which could affect the possibility of having an extension or building works.

Environmental search

Depending on the provider of the search, environmental searches cover issues such as potential contaminated land, industrial sites, landfill sites, ground stability, radon gas and flooding. These reports contain thorough information and maps about each possibility.

Chancel repair search

Chancel repair searches are another legal requirement, and ensure that there are no leftover medieval liabilities remaining on the property to pay for church repairs. Alternatively, there is the option to take out Chancel repair insurance, which covers you if you are found liable to pay by Land Registry and the Church in future.

Optional local authority searches

These searches include looking into issues such as common land, public footpaths and pipelines.

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