We know that when you receive the property search report with all of the search results, there is an awful lot of information for you to read and take in. Due to the law which makes the responsibility of the searches fall on the buyer, there is a strong obligation on you to understand and raise as many questions as possible about the property so that you know exactly what you are buying. We try to make this stage as easy for you as possible by preparing the search report.

What to look out for:


It is important to know that anything that is of significant concern will be picked up and highlighted in your property search report by your conveyancer. However, when you are reading through the search results you may want to keep in mind some of the following examples of what to look out for:

Local Authority Search


  • Has there been any planning permission obtained or refused on the property? It is worth checking that your proposed use of the property is authorised for planning purposes and that there are no conditions in the planning permission which might interfere with your intended use.
  • Are the roads serving the property maintained at the public expense? If they are not, you (the buyer) will be liable for the costs of maintaining and may be charged for the cost of bringing them up to standard if the local authority decides to adopt them.
  • Is the property crossed by a public path or bridleway? If so, you cannot deny public access across the property and you will not be able to build over the path or bridleway.
  • Are there any new roads or railways proposed within 200 metres of the property? If so, this might cause a disturbance to your use and enjoyment of the property.

Water and Drainage Search


  • Does the property drain into a public sewer? If not, you will be liable for the costs of maintaining the drains and sewers and may even be liable for the costs of bringing them up to standard if the water authority decides to adopt them.
  • Is there a public sewer on the property? If so, the water company’s consent will be needed to any development over or within the vicinity of the sewer.
  • Does a water company have any assets within your property? If so, they have statutory rights of access to your property.

Environment Search


  • Has the land been contaminated? If so there may be expensive clean-up liabilities as well as dangers to yourself or occupiers of the land if it were to be lived on.
  • Is the property near to a landfill site or factories? If so, it may be dangerous for you to live in the house due to the hazardous substances that may be discharged from these places. It may be necessary to conduct further tests on the land to make sure it has not been contaminated.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an issue with one of our conveyancers please do not hesitate to contact us on 01243 790532, or email Info@owenkenny.co.uk and we will be very happy to help.