Conveyancing Guide to Searches Used by Solicitors in the Conveyancing Process

Conveyancing Searches are an integral part of the house buying process. This Conveyancing Guide provides valuable information as to the role of conveyancing searches used by Solictors in the Conveyancing Process.

Conveyancing Searches Questions Answered

What are Conveyancing Searches?

Conveyancing Solicitors Searches are:

  • A list of answers to questions asked of a property related authority
  • Used by Conveyancing Solicitors, Property Lawyers and Conveyancers
  • Provide valuable information about the legal history of the land and building on the property
  • Extracted from statutory registers maintained by public and private authorities such as the Local Council, Water and Drainage Authorities and Mining Authorities

What are Search Fees?

  • Cost of conveyancing searches
  • Paid to organisations such as the Local Council, Water and Sewarage provider, Mining Authority, Environmental Information Provider for information contained in the search result
  • Some conveyancing searches will be required in all flat and house purchases involving a Mortgage Lender
  • Usually paid by house buyers
  • Search Fees are the amount payable for the conveyancing searches and are payable to the relevant authority for providing Information

What types of Conveyancing Searches will the house I am buying need?

The amount and type of conveyancing searches recommended to be carried out for a particular house purchase or mortgage will depend upon a number of factors such as location, age, property type amongst other factors.

Are Conveyancing Searches really important? What am I actually paying for?

The results of the conveyancing searches either carried out by the house buyers conveyancing solicitors contain very important and valuable information. This information can include:

  • The property has been constructed with all legal permissions and consents in place
  • All alterations and extensions at the property have been carried out with the appropriate legal permissions and consents and comply with building regulations for safety purposes
  • Provide details of past, present or future planning issues affected the property
  • Correct and legal provision for water and drainage to the property exist
  • Provide information relating to future plans for road, rail and other public transport issues that could affect the house
  • Provide information to be compared with that obtained by the surveyor to clarify any concerns raised with regards to value of the property
  • Potentially save house buyers thousands of pounds in costs should adverse results be revealed in a conveyancing search

Conveyancing Search Types - Click the following Conveyancing Glossary links for more information on the most common kinds of search used in the conveyancing process:

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