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Conveyancing In Branston Q & A's

Which local authority is responsible for Branston?

Branston is located in East Staffordshire Borough Council, Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2EB, contact: 01283 508 000

We are buying on a former industrial site. Could the topsoil be contaminated by industrial waste like cadmium (Cd)?

There are legislative rules in place to prevent future soil contamination. Metal contamination of soil in Branston is more likely to occur near waste treatment sites. Data on other contaminants, like trichloroethylene and water contaminants such as household chemicals, will also be included in an environmental search.

Following recent news about the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in the East Midlands we are wondering whether conveyancing searches may not be exacting enough?

A thorough Branston solicitor will recommend that you include in depth flood searches if the standard conveyancing searches spots a the local Branston flood risk

You may be able to also speak to a local resident for further assurance.

Branston conveyancing solicitors conduct a number of conveyancing searches if instructed by a property purchaser but what specific ones?

When you are applying for a mortgage the lender expects at least the following Local Authority Search, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and perhaps unique particular such as Land charge Searches.

If I want to build an extension or do other works once I move in, can I get a builder to visit to give me a quote?

There is nothing stopping you trying to organise this, so long as you set a date and time that’s acceptable to the vendor (or via their estate agent if they are unable to be there) and try to establish how long the process will take, so that this can be booked in.

This becomes particularly critical following a surveyor’s inspection where remedial works are identified and recommended. You can use the quote from the builder as a renegotiation tool on the asking price, if the work required is going to be particularly costly. If you decide to go down this route, it must be done before exchange of contracts (where you’re committing to the sale price) and you should inform your solicitor if you’ve had private discussions and agreements with the vendor over price for inclusion in the terms of the contract.

Is a Homebuyer Report sensible when buying any property?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors heavily advise that all buyers in Branston book a property surveyor. It is a fact that there are a range of issues that will impact a property, which include insect infestation or unsafe chimney circulation. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

If you are buying a Branston flat on the same street as a church, will you need to get a search for chancel liability?

Owners of property neighbouring nearby church land are expected to fund repairs, as a result of chancel repair liability. A chancel search checks that such a liability exists. Church properties in Branston where chancel liability may apply include All Saints and Saint Saviours.

Is the buyer or seller responsible for the searches?>

It is you, as the buyer, who is responsible for checking that all is well with the property you are buying. This is why your conveyancing solicitor will order a set of standard searches (Local Authority, Water and Drainage, Environmental, and Chancel Repair – these are also the searches requited by your mortgage lender), plus additional searches dependent on the property, recommendations from the surveyor in the survey report, and the location and history of the area.

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