Investigating title

Investigating title guidance:

What additional searches should be undertaken? More specific searches and enquiries may be required depending on the property location, its surrounding area and the...

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In this Practice Note, receivers, administrators and liquidators will, for convenience, be referred to collectively as Insolvency Practitioners (IPs), although it is not...

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Co-ownership Where property is purchased in the joint names of two or more co-owners a statutory ‘trust of land’ arises. Trustee Act 1925, s 34(2) limits the number of...

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Land Charges searches are not required for dealings with registered land, but if you are acting for a lender in connection with a charge over an interest in property,...

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A caution against first registration (referred to as the ‘caution’ throughout this Practice Note) is a means of protecting an interest in unregistered land. A caution...

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What is chancel repair liability? Chancel repair liability is an ancient interest which potentially benefits pre-Reformation churches in England and Wales. It enables...

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The class of title reflects the quality of title that the registrar has found on examination of the unregistered title deeds, and other evidence lodged at the time of...

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Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSEs) are industry standard pre-contract enquiries used in commercial property transactions. CPSEs are endorsed by the British...

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The Commercial Property Standard Enquiries(CPSEs) are a suite of documents prepared by members of the London Property Support Lawyers Group (LPSLG) and endorsed by the...

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From: [insert name and address of proposed seller] Strictly private and confidential To: [insert name and address of proposed buyer or buyer’s agent] Date [insert date]...

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Compulsory first registration The buyer of an unregistered freehold or lease with more than seven years unexpired (ie a qualifying estate) has a statutory duty to apply...

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Stamp duty Check that each document prior to 1 December 2003 has been correctly stamped. Where necessary, ask the seller to apply for late stamping at his own cost....

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You are applying for registration of [insert details of property] at HM Land Registry and as part of that application you must disclose any overriding interests affecting...

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What is a disclosure letter? A disclosure letter is a letter from a seller to a buyer containing both general and specific disclosures as well as a disclosure bundle,...

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Section 62 of the Law of Property Act 1925 (LPA 1925) (section 62) is, in essence, a word-saving device. However, it can also operate on a conveyance of part to convert a...

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This Practice Note explains how energy performance in buildings is regulated through Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), when EPCs are needed, requirements under the...

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Introduction Enquiries before contract play a part in various scenarios; for example, they are raised by a purchaser on the acquisition of freehold or leasehold land, by...

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What is an environmental report? Environmental reports are normally undertaken to assess the environmental risks and liabilities at a site. They may be commissioned for...

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Why use environmental consultants? Environmental consultants work in a wide range of areas in regulating, controlling and preventing air, land and water pollution. They...

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A number of environmental liability issues can arise in property transactions. See Practice Notes: Environmental issues in property transactions—acting for a seller and...

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What is an intrusive site investigation? An intrusive (phase 2) site investigation is an investigation undertaken by geotechnical and geo-environmental professionals to...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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1 Definitions [In these enquiries, Hotel Business refers to [insert definition of the hotel business]] 2 Licensing Act 2003 (LA 2003) 2.1 Is the Property used for any of...

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What are overriding interests? Overriding interests are interests which are binding on property even though they do not appear on the register. They fall into two...

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EXCEPTION LEASE REPORT Premises: [insert description] Tenant: [insert name] This exception lease report has been prepared in connection with your proposed purchase of...

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