Residential searches and enquiries

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

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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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‘Overriding interests’ are unregistered interests that override first registration or registered dispositions. They bind the owner or purchaser of the land even though...

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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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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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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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Mortgagee’s consent to grant of lease If a property is subject to a mortgage that prohibits leasing without the mortgagee’s consent, then written evidence of consent must...

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Overriding interests are interests to which a registered title is subject, even though they do not appear on the register. They are binding both on the registered...

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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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From the middle of the 19th century, Parliament encouraged individuals to give land for charitable purposes (notably education and religion) by allowing the land in...

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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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A good marketable title is shown where a seller is able to deduce a good title to the property he has contracted to sell. The seller is not required to show a perfect...

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