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A conveyancer will handle the legal aspects when it comes to buying a home, but they are also responsible for organising crucial searches on the property and surrounding land. These searches explore potential issues such as the risk of flooding, radon gas levels, ground stability and contaminated land concerns in and around your future Islington home.
99 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XD
Bishops Gate Law have many years of combined experience as a team in property law. We specialise in helping you with the legal side of the purchase and sale of a house.
"Excellent service, Kunjal and Kaya were always available to help with my many questions! They always seemed on top of everything and had to do very little asking where we were at. Would definitely use again and highly recommended, they are on the more expensive side but it was worth it for the ease."
Spencer Lockwood Solicitors
Spencer Lockwood Solicitors , 16 Prescot Street, London, E1 8 AZ
Based in London, we are Spencer Lockwood Solicitors. A fully regulated licensed conveyancer, we have a wealth of knowledge in the industry.
Juno Property Lawyers Ltd, 43-51 New North Road, London, N1 6LU
Juno are a team of licensed conveyancers who will help you when you want to buy or sell a house.
"Excellent, highly recommended , professional helpful yes I would use them and recommend them to everyone I know "
Ross Coates Solicitors
Ross Coates Solicitors, Unit 5-7 Alpha Business Park, Ipswich, IP1 5LT
Ross Coates Solicitors have over 25 years providing our professional and trusted residential conveyancing service across Wales and England.
Alexander Grace Law
A G Law, 7 Kestrel Court, Burnley, BB11 5NA
Alexander Grace Law is an award-winning residential conveyancer, winning ESTAS Best Conveyancer in the North West and County in both 2018 and 2019.
"They were on top of matters. The team were always helpful and kept me informed on most issues. The only slight criticism is I found it hard sometimes to actually speak to someone on the phone which may well be a fault of mine as I am not good with online communication but we got through it."
Connect2law, 5 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2PR
Muve Conveyancers are proud to provide our expert conveyancing service across England and Wales.
"Fathima Nusra and Ann Caldera , were very helpful .There help was invaluable, they pushed and chased to get our completion on time .Thank you "
Moving Direct Property
Suffolk Enterprise Centre, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, IP2 8SJ
Moving Direct Property can offer an expert and professional conveyancing service all across the UK. We specialise in helping with the sale of a property.
My Home Move Conveyancing
My Home Move Ltd, 5 Barton Close, Leicester, LE19 1SJ
At My Home Move Conveyancing, we understand that buying, selling and remortgaging a house can be a stressful process - that is why we provide professional conveyancing services to make the process clearer, easier and better for every client.
"Brilliant. Online Conveyancing is just amazing and simple. The fact that it also represents terrific value for money is the icing on the cake.My team leader, Chloe, was on the ball and very efficient. If I needed to do something I would get an SMS and an email to remind me and the tasks were simple to find within my file..I really can't recommend them enough. So pleased I took the plunge and moved away from traditional solicitors and their offices. I was and don't regret it for a minute."
Taylor Rose MW
Taylor Rose M W, 69 Carter Lane, London, EC4V 5EQ
With a 100 year heritage, Taylor Rose MW are one of the leading law firms in England and Wales.
QC Law Ltd
5th Floor, 29 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3EG
QC Law Ltd specialises in multiple areas of law, including conveyancing and other forms of property law. We are based in Central London and our team of conveyancing solicitors have a combined experience of over 30 years.
16 Prescot Street, London, E1 8AZ
Based in London, Ackroyd Legal are proud to provide their conveyancing services across the whole of the UK. Born from one of the fastest-growing, city-based law firms in recent times, brings together the best of the best.
A crucial part of the conveyancing process is the searches arranged by your chosen conveyancing solicitor. The reports completed following these searches hold essential information about the property you are about to buy.
This includes information on past land use and any concerns around contamination of the land, the flood risks in the area, the level of radon gas in the home and any issues regarding ground stability, such as subsidence.
The local authority search is split into two parts - the Local Land Charges Search (LLC1) and the CON29 form. The cost for these searches will vary based on the location of the property you are looking to purchase. The cost of the Local Land Charges Search (LLC1) in Islington is £23 and the CON29 form is £112.80 (inc VAT). Additional enquiries cost £11.20.
Local Land Charges Search (LLC1)
£23 inc VAT
The LLC1 search informs purchasers of restrictions or charges affecting the use of the property, such as tree preservation orders, enforcement notices, planning permissions and financial charges.
£112.80 inc VAT
The CON29 provides information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.
Optional enquiries (form CON290)
£13.20 inc VAT
These are additional enquiries to Con29 and are optional.
Islington Council states that it is acknowledged that Islington is not at risk from Fluvial flooding (flooding from rivers) and is unlikely to suffer direct flooding from the Thames or its tributaries.
The borough is, however, vulnerable to potential flooding as a result of excess rainfall, a water main burst or a contained water breach, for example, from reservoirs. Water main bursts could cause local flooding, primarily the properties with basements.
The council further states that Islington has a medium risk of surface water, in the event of surface water overwhelming the drainage system during periods of high rainfall. Sewer flooding is also considered a medium risk.
Your conveyancing solicitor will arrange for searches that will indicate any flooding concerns in and around the area of the home you are looking to buy. It is essential that you pay close attention to the reports sent to you following these searches and raise any concerns you may have, prior to completion on your Islington home.
Discovering ground instability or subsidence on your property can be a serious concern for homeowners. Ground stability issues can result in a building or home becoming unstable, potentially making it unsafe to live in. As a result, the property can decrease dramatically in value.
There is likely to be a higher risk of ground stability concerns for properties in Islington, due to close proximity to central London. The City of London is a known hotspot for ground stability concerns, as many properties in the Greater London area are built on London Clay - a type of shrinkable clay which is susceptible to changes. This type of foundation can result in unstable ground and subsidence.
Furthermore, Geobear state that increased weight and pressure on the ground from multiple large buildings in a condensed area also plays a part in subsidence and ground instability in London. A map created by Geobear identifying the UK subsidence hotspots shows a considerable amount of subsidence in the Islington area.
It is important to be aware of any of these issues before you decided to purchase a property.
Your search report will provide details of previous land use and highlight any risks of landslides, subsidence and any other concerns regarding the stability of the ground in the area of Islington you are looking to buy.
A colourless and odourless gas, Radon Gas is formed by radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occurs naturally in rocks and soil. High levels of Radon Gas can potentially cause a number of health issues, including lung cancer.
That said, a heat map of Radon Gas affected areas from Public Health England shows that Radon Gas levels are remarkably low in Islington and it is unlikely that this will be raised as a concern when purchasing a home in the area.
Nevertheless, due to the health risks associated with the gas, it is important that you read the search reports thoroughly so that you have peace of mind that Radon Gas will not impact be a concern in your new home.
Any land that contains pollution and substances which can be harmful to humans, natural water systems and/or the environment is considered “contaminated land” in the UK. Industrial development and processes from the 19th and 20th centuries are likely the origins of much of this contamination, in addition to any previous waste disposal activities.
According to Islington Council, many areas in the borough have an industrial or commercial past which may have made the land unsuitable for some uses. Over 1,000 potentially contaminated sites have been identified in Islington. All local authorities are required under Part 2a of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Contaminated Land Regulations 2000 to keep a public record of contaminated land in their borough. There is currently one entry on the contaminated land public register for Islington Council.
The council website further states that if you plan to buy a house on land with an industrial past, there might still be contamination in the ground. It is therefore essential for searches on the land and surrounding areas to take place.
The environmental searches arranged by your conveyancing solicitor will usually include a search of records and maps held by the council giving details of the previous land uses. This will ensure there are no concerns regarding contamination and previous use of the land where your new home resides.