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A big part of the conveyancing process is the conveyancing searches. This section tells you all about them. What they are, how and when to order them and how to interpret the results. Each search has its own guide and you'll see they are separated into Standard (should be done in every case), Regional (area specific) and Optional (not essential but often useful tools for the would be purchaser). All buyers should beware that when you buy a property, the law assumes that you have seen the information that would have been revealed by searches whether or not you have actually carried them out, so you buy the property subject to the results.
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The purpose of this chapter is to offer some useful wording for pre-contract enquiries which might need to be raised in respect of some of the more common issues not covered by the Sellers Property Information Form, Sellers Leasehold Information Form or by standard searches.
"Please advise when the replacement windows were fitted. If after 31st March 2002 please supply a copy of the requisite FENSA certificate together with a copy of the 10 year guarantee"
"Please advise whether any electrical works have been carried out to the property since 31st December 2004. If so please supply a copy of the necessary Part P certificate"
Note :- this enquiry should be raised in all cases as the Sellers Property Information Form has yet to be updated to incorporate it
"In relation to the septic tank please let us have replies to the following:-
a) Please mark the location of the tank on a copy of the filed plan
b) Unless the tank is within the boundary of the property please provide evidence of the necessary rights of drainage and access for repair
c) With how many properties is the tank shared?
d) Unless the tank exclusively serves this property, what arrangements are in place with respect to maintenance, repair and emptying costs?
e) How often should the tank be emptied?
f) When was it last emptied and what was the cost?
g) Please provide details of the company usually employed to empty the tank
h) When was it last serviced/inspected?
i) So far as the seller is aware, are there any outstanding items of repair or maintenance in respect of the tank?"
"In relation to the sewage treatment plant please let us have replies to the following:-
a) Please mark the location of the plant on a copy of the filed plan
b) Unless the plant is within the boundary of the property please provide evidence of the necessary rights of drainage and access for repair
c) With how many properties is the plant shared?
d) Unless the plant exclusively serves this property, what arrangements are in place with respect to maintenance, repair and emptying costs?
e) When was it last serviced/inspected?
f) So far as the seller is aware, are there any outstanding items of repair or maintenance in respect of the plant?
g) Please provide a copy of the Environment Agency's Consent to Discharge"
"We have carried out an environmental search which has produced a Failed result. Please therefore let us have replies to the following:-
1. Is the seller aware of any activity either during or prior to his ownership which may have caused the land to become contaminated?
2. Is the seller aware of any remedial work having been carried out in order to decontaminate the land? Is any such work planned?
3. Has the seller or, so far as he is aware, any predecessor in title, received any complaint, whether formal or informal, from any person or body in respect of any contamination affecting the land?
4. Has the seller received, or is the seller aware of, any notices served by the local authority or any other public body in respect of contamination or potential contamination of the land?
5. If there are any then please supply copies of any documents either which the seller has or which are with the deeds regarding any remedial works which have been carried out to the property in respect of contamination"