A search, currently included in a Home Information Pack which reveals local authority records to confirm the status of the property, check for items such as whether the road serving the property should be maintained by the council, whether there are planning applications on the property etc.
The Local Authority search is against the property only and does not cover the surrounding area. A word of warning – the search will not show any Planning Permissions or matters affecting land or buildings outside the boundaries of the property. It is important that you let your property solicitor or licensed conveyancer know at the start of the conveyancing if you require information on any particular point or if you wish us to ask any particular questions of the local authority.
We would not normally advise a buyer to exchange contracts without a satisfactory local authority search.
See our Local Authority Search Pricing Index for up to date details on the varying fees charged by Local Authorities.