A V Rillo & Co – what do they search for?
- September 30, 2014
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Everybody knows that searches are an important part of the conveyancing process, but what exactly is a search, and how many would A V Rillo & Co need to do?
A V Rillo & Co and Local Authority Search – the big one
A V Rillo & Co will need to contact the local authority for information on a range of issues, such as legal disputes and rights of way affecting the property, and access to public utilities. A V Rillo & Co will also check that the property’s boundaries are as marked, and that there are no restrictive agreements in force affecting it.
A V Rillo & Co and the water company
A V Rillo & Co will need to check whether the property has access to public sewers, and also whether there is a sewer running through the boundaries of the property.
A V Rillo & Co and the environmental search
A V Rillo & Co can carry out a search as necessary to identify risks such as flooding, subsidence, waste sites, landfill and contaminated industrial sites close to the property. This search is not technically necessary for cash buyers, though lenders will require it, but is obviously a good idea, particularly for property built on a brownfield site.
A V Rillo & Co and Chancel Repair Liability
This is something that sometimes takes property buyers by surprise, and in fact it is possible to take out insurance against it. Chancel repair liability is a legally enforceable liability to contribute to the cost of repair of a parish church. If necessary, A V Rillo & Co will include CRL in their searches, though it usually only applies to properties that are next to an old church or very close to it. This ancient law dates right back to the fourth century.
A V Rillo & Co and other searches
Particularly if a property is newly built on previously undeveloped land, there are some other unusual searches which may need to be carried out. One example is a search to disclose whether the land is registered under the Common Registration Act of 1965; another might be to find out whether the ground underneath has been used for brine extraction, causing a risk of sink holes.