The importance of local searches for Conveyancing in Milton Keynes explained.

What is the point of the searches carried out for homebuyers as part of Conveyancing in Milton Keynes?

That was the question which Mr and Mrs G asked Conveyancing Solicitor Kate Hamilton when they were buying a home on Green Way, Newton Longville, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 0AP. They had found the property through Boulevard Property Services Ltd. of 314 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 2UB.

The clients pointed out that the house was about 30 years old and located in an ordinary residential area, so they thought it unlikely that any search would show anything adversely affecting it. Why should they pay for something which was likely to be superfluous?

Kate agree that for the majority of house Conveyancing in Milton Keynes nothing of any consequence to buyers will be revealed. However this is not always the case, and buyers are sometimes surprised to be informed of something which they would not otherwise have known about.

Information provided by a local search can be crucial

For Conveyancing in Milton Keynes, the enquiry form is sent to Milton Keynes council at the Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ. The form includes questions on a range of matters on which the council will have information. Kate informed her clients about some these, and why they could be important:

  • planning and building control – this includes details of approvals which have been granted and applications refused. Details will also be given of any planning conditions previously imposed which buyers will have to comply with.
  • status of adjoining roads and footpaths, whether or not they are adopted. Buyers may have to contribute to the maintenance of private roads.
  • whether there are plans for any major road schemes in the vicinity – extensive roadworks planned to be carried out nearby could affect buyers.
  • details of planned traffic schemes or extension of parking restrictions which might stop on-street parking outside the property.
  • an improvement grant which would have to be repaid by the sellers (or otherwise the buyers become responsible for it. )

This is not an exhaustive list, but as Kate mentioned it is possible that any home could be affected by something unforeseen, so it is better to be safe.

Buyers who do not require a mortgage can opt not to have these searches carried out, and take a chance. However lenders require them to be carried out for all property purchases, so anyone needing a mortgage does not have the option.

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