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Does the purchaser of land assume responsibility for the compliance with the general binding rules of two septic tanks on that land, even though the purchaser will not be using them?

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Published on LexisPSL on 18/12/2018

The following Environment Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does the purchaser of land assume responsibility for the compliance with the general binding rules of two septic tanks on that land, even though the purchaser will not be using them?
  • Overview
  • General binding rules
  • Environmental issues in property transactions

Overview

As the ‘operator’ of a septic tank, you should ensure you meet the general binding rules. You are the ‘operator’ if: (i) you own the property that uses the tank; (ii) you own a property that shares the tank with other properties; or (iii) you have a written agreement with the property owner to take such responsibility. For more information, see: septic tanks and treatment plants: permits and general binding rules.

General binding rules

Septic tanks and small sewage treatment plants are wastewater systems for domestic sewage that are used when a property is not connected to the main sewage network.

The general binding rules apply to small sewage discharge from septic tanks and small sewage systems to ground and to surface water. They comprise conditions and technical requirements specified by the Environment Agency. The general binding rules set ou

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