How Is COVID-19 Impacting Conveyancing Searches?
Posted on 20th April 2020
What are Conveyancing Searches?
Conveyancing searches are carried out to investigate the environment, drainage and water matters, coal and mining matters and the local authority pertaining to a particular property. They involve a standard set of enquiries, that are raised with the relevant authorities, to provide useful information about a property. This information ranges from planning matters, to risks of flooding, to connections to water mains, as a handful of examples.
As you can see, when purchasing, your search can results play an important role within the conveyancing process. They may even, in some cases, be the deciding factor on whether you proceed with the purchase and, certainly for the lender, are of importance in agreeing to the release of the mortgage funds.
How are Conveyancing Searches being affected by COVID-19?
Our property solicitors in Preston have worked with our search providers for a number of years and, as such, it has been possible for us to maintain our exceptional level of service, and this extends to your property searches. Whilst there are some hurdles to overcome in the present times, our Preston solicitors have been able to overcome the same, inclusive of those faced in respect of property searches.
There is, of course, the involvement of third parties to consider. Searches involve specific enquiries that are raised with the relevant authority, local to the property in question. With many individuals now working from home, our Preston solicitors being one – see our blog; Lawyers in Lockdown, for more information on how our team are managing to maintain our five star service, here, our solicitors in Preston have investigated how the current times are impacting search results.
Chairman of the Council of Property Search Organisations, James Sherwood-Rogers, has recently commented that less than 7% of searches have been affected, allowing conveyancing matters to proceed, where possible. This is music to the ears of our property solicitors in Preston as our team understand just how important the same can be.
We are, of course, in majorly unprecedented times and it is not just MG Legal, your local solicitors, who are, where possible, lending a helping hand to those in need. Landmark Information, property search providers, have announced a re-order service. The service allows environmental data reports to be re-ordered, for a period of twelve months after the original order. With the current times placing many conveyancing transactions on hold, the information they hold may simply be out of date once matters are up and running again. This allows the most up to date information to be relied upon, when purchasing a property, to ensure that prospective purchasers are proceeding with both eyes open.
Our solicitors in Preston urge you not to be put off by the current restrictions. Where possible, our team are doing all in their power to ensure your conveyancing transaction proceeds as it normally would, with our five-star service being maintained. If, therefore, you are purchasing a property, and have a query in respect of conveyancing searches, or any other query for our team, get in touch today, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A further way in which MG Legal, your local solicitors, are aiming to assist those in need is by currently offering 50% off legal fees for our valued NHS workers. If you need the help of our team, submit an online enquiry today, by following this link, and we would be delighted to assist you.
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