How to Choose the Right Solicitor When Buying a House with a Septic Tank
Posted on 7th November 2023
When you are buying a house with a septic tank, you need the right conveyancing solicitor acting for you, from the get-go. With a significant number of homes in the UK relying on septic tanks for their waste management, understanding the legalities involved in buying such properties is crucial. In England alone, it's estimated that over 4% of properties are not connected to the main sewer system, relying instead on septic tanks or similar facilities. This translates into a considerable number of transactions each year that require specialised legal know-how.
Why is expert legal assistance a must in these scenarios? The answer is simple: compliance and protection. Regulations such as the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 and the binding General Binding Rules set specific standards for septic tanks. Non-compliance can lead to hefty fines or complicated disputes post-purchase.
Houses with septic tanks can encounter a variety of problems that potential homeowners should be aware of. These can range from minor issues to major, costly ones:
Septic tanks require regular maintenance to function correctly. Without it, they can become a health hazard, leading to the contamination of groundwater.
An undersized septic tank can lead to frequent overflows and backups, which can cause property damage and require costly clean-up.
If the drainfield is damaged or clogged, it can lead to system failure. Repairing or replacing a drainfield can be extremely expensive.
Septic tanks are subject to environmental regulations. Non-compliance can lead to fines and could require system upgrades or replacement.
When you are buying a property with a septic tank, our conveyancing solicitors carry out thorough investigations to ensure that the property's septic tank is fully compliant and functioning correctly:
Title Deed Examination
This determines if there are any restrictions or obligations regarding the septic tank on the property.
These searches check for the property’s compliance with the General Binding Rules or any permits required under the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
Septic Tank Inspection
A full inspection by a professional should be carried out to assess the condition and capacity of the tank, ensuring it is suitable for the property.
Planning Permission and Building Regulation Compliance
It must be verified that the septic tank has the necessary planning permissions and complies with building regulations.
Our solicitors request documentation of historical maintenance to ensure the tank has been properly cared for.
Detailed plans showing the location of the septic tank and drainage field are essential for future maintenance and should be checked for accuracy.
Enter MG Legal, conveyancing solicitors in Lancaster, and your gateway to seamless property transactions involving septic tanks. Our team of conveyancing solicitors is adept at navigating the intricate regulations surrounding these systems. At MG Legal, our conveyancing solicitors understand the importance of these investigations. They meticulously review every aspect of the property's waste management system to ensure a smooth and safe property transaction. We ensure that your property complies with all necessary legislation, thereby safeguarding your investment, and ensuring the resale value of your property, should you ever come to sell it.
Miss Chloe Cardwell, a well-established conveyancing solicitor and Director at MG Legal, leads our team of conveyancing solicitors, with a combination of legal precision and market savvy. Her expertise is complemented by Miss Onyeka Obidi, a former barrister whose reputation for impeccable conveyancing services has earned her a following throughout England. And let's not forget Naomi Kuta, whose in-house training at MG Legal has enabled her to consistently exceed client expectations with her proactive approach and dedication.
What makes MG Legal stand out? Our Google reviews say it all. Clients have left glowing testimonials about our attentive service and the peace of mind they experienced knowing fully-qualified conveyancing experts were handling their transactions. Here's a snapshot of what they're saying:
When you're ready to take the next step in buying a house with a septic tank, remember that the right legal team can make all the difference. At MG Legal, we’re not just experts; we're your partners in making your property dreams a reality. Contact us to see how Chloe, Onyeka, and Naomi can lead your next property transaction to success.
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