Solicitors help their clients in finding out the background of properties that they intend to buy. It is important to know all facts surrounding a property before buying. Some of the findings of the research will help a buyer predict future financial obligations as well as your social responsibility in your new neighbourhood. Researching conveyancing services covers matters such as property ownership, water, sewerage, and mining research. The buyer must pay for these researches. The cost of research is usually different from solicitor’s fees.
Every buyer must know the true identity of the owner of a property before buying the property. This helps to reduce chances of fraud and prevents ownership disputes that may arise in the future. Sellers usually give buyers a copy of Title Deeds and other documents of ownership to the purchaser at the beginning of conveyance. These documents are not sufficient to confirm identity. Forged documents are a possibility and should be checked by a solicitor. Besides, the seller may not be in the record of the Land Registry. This is why research for ownership is vital.
Solicitors research for property ownership by going through the records of the Land Registry. Land Registry has names and deeds for all real estate properties in the United Kingdom. If the property is not registered, then the buyer and his solicitor must rely on documents that the seller provides. They must scrutinise the documents to ensure that the documents are genuine. They can work with a specialist from the Land Registry to help them determine the veracity of records proffered by the seller.
The other necessary conveyancing research is water and sewerage research. Water and drainage research elucidate adequacy of water supply and drainage of property. It also helps in establishing if there will be any developmental changes in water and sewerage systems. A solicitor conducts water and drainage research by colluding with local authorities that are in charge of those services. The solicitor will find out the amount of water supplied to property. He will also find out the source of the water and how the water is treated before being pumped to the property. It is also important to check the map of pipes and their relation to the property. This will enable the buyer to avoid interfering with the pipes when constructing new structures.
Mining research is another important conveyancing research service. Mining activities affect properties and residents within their neighbourhood. The nature of the mines determines how and to what extent properties and their owners will be affected. Loud mines pollute the air and interfere with building foundations. Mining with dynamites also affects structural integrity of nearby properties. A solicitor should find out if the property has the capacity to withstand earth-shaking effects of mining. The solicitor should also know the amount of air pollutants within the vicinity of the mine. This information will influence the buyer’s decision to proceed with the conveyance, or to terminate it altogether.