Conveyancing Solicitors in Leicester explain how statutory agreements affect some homes

Conveyancing Solicitors in Leicester often find various statutory agreements affecting a property.  Such agreements may be made under the provisions of various Acts of Parliament, and will normally be made between a developer and the local authority, in this case, Leicester City Council.

These arrangements are often entered into by developers, perhaps undertaking to carry out works in connection with the construction of a new housing estate. Landowners might enter into covenants with a local authority which would restrict future development of some land.

Statutory Agreements commonly affecting Leicester Conveyancing

The importance of these documents is that they may continue to affect a house, regardless of ownership. In other words, the council could take legal action against the current owner even though he or she was not a party to the original agreement.

That is why Conveyancing Solicitors in Leicester acting for homebuyers will always insist upon seeing a copy of any such agreements. Many such arrangements will be harmless, but some can potentially result in costly legal difficulties for an unprepared buyer.

In 2010, Leicester Conveyancing Solicitor Irene Bonsu-Amoako was representing the sellers of a home on Dudley Avenue, Leicester LE5. The sellers agents were William H Brown of 133 Sibson Road, Birstall, Leicester LE4 4ND, and as soon as they had confirmed the buyers' details they sent these with confirmation of the agreed price to Irene.

 

S33 Agreement revealed in search

 

The sellers' Conveyancing Lawyer, Ms Lim, had already downloaded a copy of the sellers' title from the land registry, so was quickly able to complete the contract paperwork and send this on to Premier Property Lawyers of 4 Thorpe Way,  Leicester, LE19 1YR, acting for the purchasers.

Some days later Jane received some enquiries from the other side's firm, including a request for a copy of a transfer deed dated 25th September 2000. These papers contained undertakings made under Section 33 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, which had been revealed in their local search.

A copy of the deed was soon obtained from the council.  On inspection, it turned out that the provisions of this deed would not affect the use of the house in any way, and the buyers' Conveyancing Solicitors in Leicester were satisfied that their clients would not be exposed to any nasty (and expensive) surprises. They were thus able to exchange contracts and the sale was soon finalised to the sellers' satisfaction.

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