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A conveyancer will handle the legal aspect of your property purchase, but they will also be responsible for organising essential searches on the property and land. These searches review potential issues such as the risk of flooding, radon gas levels, ground stability and contaminated land concerns in and around your future Westminster 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
The searches organised by your solicitor are a vital part of the conveyancing process and essential when buying a home. The reports provided from these searches can highlight essential information and crucial details about a property and the surrounding area.
The information provided by your search reports will highlight any flood risks in the area, the levels of Radon Gas in the home, any concerns regarding ground stability and information on previous industrial activity which may have had a negative impact on the land. This can allow you to make an educated decision on your property purchase.
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 depend on the location of the property you are looking to purchase. The cost of the Local Land Charges Search (LLC1) in Westminster is £35 and the CON29 form is £155. The basic search, which is the LLC1 and CON29 combined is £190 and additional enquiries cost £35.
Local Land Charges Search (LLC1)
£35 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.
£155 inc VAT
The CON29 provides information on matters such as local plans, highways and assets of community value.
Optional enquiries (form CON290)
£35 inc VAT
These are additional enquiries to Con29 and are optional.
Local flood risk in Westminster is predominantly from surface water sources, according to Westminster Council’s website. Surface water flooding in Westminster is closely linked to the capacity of the drainage infrastructure, which includes highway gullies and the sewer system.
As Westminster sits on the north bank of the Tidal River Thames it is also potentially susceptible to both tidal and fluvial flooding. However, this risk is low due to the standard of protection offered by the Thames Barrier and associated Thames Tidal Flood Defences. The risk of flooding from groundwater is also considered to be very low in the borough.
Your solicitor will arrange for searches that will be able to tell you if the property you are looking to buy is potentially impacted by any flooding risks in Westminster. It is essential that you pay close attention to the reports sent to you following the searches and raise any concerns you may have, prior to completion.
Ground stability and subsidence can result in a building or home becoming unstable, potentially making it unsafe to live in. As a result, subsidence can also cause the property to decrease dramatically in value.
Discovering ground instability or subsidence on your property can be a serious concern for homeowners. It is important to be aware of any issues before you decided to purchase a property, which is why ground stability is something that can be highlighted by the searches organised by a conveyancer.
There is likely to be a higher risk of ground stability concerns for properties in Westminster, due to its location in central London. The City of London is a known hotspot for ground instability as many properties in the Greater London area are built of London Clay. This type of clay is a shrinkable soil type and susceptible to changes, which can result in unstable ground and subsidence.
A map created by Geobear identifying the UK subsidence hotspots shows a concentrated area of subsidence and ground stability in Westminster and across Central London. Geobear state that the reasons for this, in addition to the area being built on London Clay, include increased weight and pressure on the ground from multiple buildings and skyscrapers in a condensed area.
When it comes to ground stability risks for the home you are looking to buy in Westminster, your conveyancer will organise the necessary searches for the property. The 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.
Radon Gas is a colourless and odourless gas formed by radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium that occurs naturally in rocks and soil. Higher levels of Radon Gas can potentially cause a number of health issues, including lung cancer. The searches arranged by your solicitor will also include reporting on the level of Radon Gas in Westminster.
A heat map of Radon Gas affected areas from Public Health England shows that Radon Gas levels are considerably low for Westminster and the surrounding area. As a result, it is unlikely that this will be flagged as an issue when purchasing a home in Westminster.
However, 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 your Westminster 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. The contamination found in the land across the country today likely has origins in the pollution created by the industrial development and processes from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Westminster Council’s website states that there are currently no contaminated land sites or ‘special sites’ (as they are known under the Environmental Protection Act) in the borough.
There are also no domestic refuse landfill sites, sludge disposal or diseased animal burial sites within the City of Westminster boundary.
That said, it is still essential for the searches on the land and surrounding areas to take place. The report produced following the searches organised by your conveyancer will include details from the Westminster council describing the previous land uses on the site of the property. These searches also include reviewing historic maps of the borough. This will ensure there are no concerns regarding contamination and previous use of the land where your new home resides.