Local authority searches are arguably the most important type of search your solicitor will arrange, as they will look at information held by the local authority involving the property, including prospective planning permission or restrictions.
What do searches show up?
‘Searches’ or ‘property searches’ are completed by your solicitor. They work with the local authority (and other organisations) as part of the home buying process. They use these to find out any information about the property. As well as any local development plans that may affect the home you plan to purchase.
How long do searches take to complete?
Overall, you can generally expect it to take between 6-8 weeks from the start of searches to exchange of contracts.
How long after searches to exchange?
|Type of search||Amount of time taken|
|Environmental||1 to 10 days|
|Flood risk||1 to 10 days|
|Coal and general mining||1 to 10 days|
|Chancel repair||1 to 10 days|
How long do Enquiries take after searches?
Generally, you’ll be looking at around 1-4 weeks. Naturally however, the more enquiries that are raised, the longer it may take. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing – an extra week or two here could save you a big headache long-term if a major issue you were unaware of raises its head.
How long are local searches taking at the moment?
How long do local searches take when buying a house in 2021? The government target for returning local searches is a maximum of 10 working days. But in reality, timescales on searches can vary significantly, from 48 hours to ten weeks!
What is the difference between searches and surveys?
In short, a survey looks specifically at the physical condition of the house; searches will look at a broader range of planning, legal and environmental conditions surrounding the house.
What Enquiries do solicitors raise after searches?
The standard enquires to be raised include: Local authority search carried out with the borough council to check for planning permissions, building control sign-offs and rights of way. Checking your mortgage offer to ensure that any specific requirements that the lender insists on are adhered to.
How long does it take to exchange contracts after searches?
It can take 1-3 weeks to move between the searches and the exchange of contracts. However, this can vary as it depends on how long it takes for the different bodies to respond.
Will my solicitor tell me when we exchange contracts?
Following exchange your solicitor sends to the seller’s solicitor your signed part of the contract, while the seller’s solicitor sends their signed part to your solicitor. You will be notified by your solicitor of exchange. Check your buildings insurance is in place.
Do solicitors always raise Enquiries?
During the process of buying a property, your solicitor will raise enquiries with the seller’s solicitor. This is a standard part of the buying process and is done in order to ensure that any potential issues are dealt with prior to Contract Exchange.
When buying a house what are local searches?
Local searches are specific to the property you are buying. They’re carried out by the local authority the property is situated in. If you are having a mortgage your conveyancer must carry out a local search. If you are a cash buyer it is your choice whether you have a local search, although it is strongly recommended.
How long does it take to buy a house from offer to completion UK?
Buying a property in the UK takes anywhere between three to six months to complete, with a few outliers either side for good measure.
What is a local search fee?
Local land charges searches are normally required in the property-buying process. Most local land charges are restrictions or prohibitions on the use of the property. The local land charges search will reveal whether a property is subject to a charge if that charge has been registered.
What happens after searches and Enquiries?
Once satisfactory replies to all enquiries and search results are received, the solicitor will send you the final contract to sign together with a contract report and supporting documents so that you can make an informed choice on whether to proceed.
What is a personal search?
A personal search is a search of the Local Land Charges Register only and does not reveal the full information provided by an official search.