Searches and enquiries

Searches and enquiries 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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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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When a person who is not the legal owner has an interest in registered land, this interest can be protected by an entry on the title register. The Land Registration Act...

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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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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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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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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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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 This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice...

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Land charges are registered to protect the interests, in unregistered land, of a person who does not hold the title deeds and thus cannot physically control when and how...

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HM Land Registry introduced identity checks on 3 March 2008 for applications lodged by non-conveyancers. The requirement for confirmation of identity was extended from 10...

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Law Society practice notes clarify the Law Society's position on good practice in relation to particular issues and areas of law but are not intended as legal advice or...

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The following enquiries before contract are commonly raised by sellers in residential conveyancing: • TA6—Property Information Form • TA7—Leasehold Information Form •...

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What is a letter of non-crystallisation? A letter of non-crystallisation is required by a buyer’s/lender’s solicitor to confirm that: • a floating charge has not...

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An important part of the process of buying or leasing a property is raising pre-contract enquiries. There are many scenarios where enquiries may need to be raised,...

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The Local Authority search is a search of the Local Authority’s records in respect of the property. It is made up of three forms: LLC1, CON29 and CON29O. When reporting...

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This Practice Note provides an overview of the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the private rented sector that have come from the Energy Efficiency (Private...

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This Practice Note looks at the impact on both landlords and tenants of non-domestic private rented (NDPR) property of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)...

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This Practice Note covers the impact on both landlords and tenants of non-domestic private rented (NDPR) property of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)...

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What is misrepresentation? A misrepresentation is a false statement of fact made by one party to another, which is not a term of the contract but induces the other party...

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Official search with priority—registered land or seller’s title pending first registration How and when to search? An official search with priority will only protect: • a...

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What is the duty of disclosure? When a seller enters into a contract for the sale of land, there is an implied obligation that it will give good title free from all...

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UK Finance As of 1 July 2017, the finance and banking industry operating in the UK is represented by a new trade association called UK Finance. It has taken on activities...

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