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Pre-contract searches must be carried out to reveal as much information about the property as possible before purchase. They are usually carried out by the buyer’s solicitor but may be carried out by the seller’s solicitor if he is to give a certificate of title. Search results must always be reported to the buyer and their significance explained.
National Land Information Service (NLIS) provides a single point of electronic access to all official sources of land and property information in England and Wales via partners (TM Property Searches and Searchflow) and has greatly improved search turnaround times. NLIS users can access electronic information from a range of data providers including 410 Local Authorities, national parks, HM Land Registry, the Coal Authority, the Environment Agency and water companies.
It can be used to submit all of the commonly used property searches including all those mentioned below. Searches not submitted via NLIS should be submitted directly to the relevant authority. Fees for each search can be found either from NLIS or from the relevant authority, as appropriate.
If searches are submitted by post or DX, duplicate forms (together with a duplicate plan of the property if it cannot be easily identified by its postal address) are usually required. The plan must show sufficient details of
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