This guest blog post is the second of a two part series written and provided by Allan Hooper, solicitor and partner at J E Baring & Co Solicitors. These blog posts are part of #FeatureFri, a Martin & Co social media initiative whereby a different guest blog post will be shared with our community on the last Friday of the month. Search #FeatureFri on Twitter or check out all #FeatureFri guest blog posts on Martin and Co Today. In the first post, Allan provided answers to all of your questions about forms – what they are for and why they are important. This included the Leasehold Information Form, Fittings And Contents Form and the Property Information Form. This post will show the types of searches that are carried out, including the Environmental Search, Water And Drainage Search and Local Authority Search, and why each of them is important. “Why Do I Need Searches, And What Are They?” The number and type of searches vary according to where the property is situated; however in the South East of England the most common are:
- Local Authority Search
- Water Search
- Environmental Search
- If the road is not adopted what further enquires need to be made with regard to its upkeep and the associated costs?
- Where do you park your car if there is no off street parking and there are parking restrictions between say 1 and 2pm?
- What advice is necessary if you are purchasing the property as a “Buy to Let” but there is a Prohibition Notice against this?
- There is a large tree in the back garden that you intend to lop or remove to let in additional light but the search reveals that it is subject to a tree preservation order.