If you’ve decided to make the move to Portsmouth, you’ll first need to hire a verified conveyancer to help you with your house purchase. Rest assured, Compare My Move can connect you with up to 5 of our licensed conveyancing partners to help you save up to 70% on your conveyancing costs.
For added peace of mind, every partner within the Compare My Move network must undergo our strict verification process. This means that each conveyancing partner must be regulated by either the SRA, CLC, LSS or LSNI, ensuring you receive first-class services to help you through the process.
When helping you through the buying process in Portsmouth, your conveyancer will explain any legal jargon you’re unsure of and arrange the vital conveyancing searches you’ll require to continue. The results of these searches will inform you of any and all information regarding the property, the land it resides on, any restrictions or drainage issues and more.
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."
Attwells Solicitors LLP
Attwells Solicitors LLP, 18 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1DZ
Attwells Solicitors are a first-class conveyancing solicitor who specialise in conveyancing for buying, selling and both.
"Amazing service, communication, highly recommend Attwells, great work Many thanks."
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.
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.
When organising the conveyancing searches, your conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor will request a Local Authority Search from the local council. The cost of this search can be found on the Portsmouth City Council website under their ‘Local Authority Searches and Local Land Charges’ page.
The Local Authority Search is split into two sections, LLC1 and CON29. If you require a full search containing both sections, you’ll be looking at an average cost of £126. If you would prefer to request them separately, the LLC1 form costs £30 whilst the CON29R form costs £96. There is also the option of organising separate enquiries from the CON29O form. Each enquiry is priced at £36 including VAT.
These prices can change over time, but these were listed by the Portsmouth City Council as the current fees for August 2020. You may also encounter added administration fees if you require copies of the documents or additional parcels. Some conveyancers may also offer special package deals for the searches, altering the overall costs.
Don't forget to speak to your conveyancer before the conveyancing process begins to help you budget accordingly. There are a number of searches to be completed from the Local Authority Search to Environmental Searches. Each report will inform you on the property you're viewing and it's surrounding land, helping you decide whether it's the home for you and your family.
£30.00 inc VAT
This includes details of any restrictions or prohibitions on the land/property and any financial charges held against it. It is exempt from VAT.
£96.00 inc VAT
This includes approximately 60 enquiries. It provides vital information such as recent statutory notices, Compulsory Purchase Orders and any building or road proposals that may impact the property.
£36.00 inc VAT
This report includes optional sections which provide environmental information about the property or area of land. It can reveal any noise abatement notices, road proposals, enterprise zones, common land notices and public paths affecting the property or area of land.
LLC1 and CON29R
£126.00 inc VAT
This will contain both the Official compiled LLC1 report and the Official compiled CON29.
Due to the coastline and a number of smaller rivers, many areas of Portsmouth have a medium to high risk of flooding. Coastal flooding seems to be the city’s greatest hazard but the Portsmouth City Council have stated on their website that it is “relatively easy to predict”, and that those who have homes or businesses near the coast should sign up for regular flood alerts.
According to the UK Flood Risk Map, the biggest cause of flooding in Portsmouth is coastal flooding, increasing the chance of floods above 3.3% per year. Properties along the coastline should be very cautious during heavy rain and homeowners sign up to the local flood alerts for added security. There is also a very high risk of flooding within Portsea Island, with properties along Eastern Road being very susceptible to floods.
Other areas that are subject to flood warnings include Southsea, Farlington and the west of Portchester. If you’re looking at homes in streets such as Quartermaine Road and Dundas Spur, it would be wise to speak to your conveyancer and ask to see the Flood Risk Report.
Your conveyancer should also arrange a ground stability search for the property and the land it is located on, as part of your Environmental Search. This will then highlight any possible risks that could lead to subsidence, landslides or any other forms of instability.
As Portsmouth is a coastal area, there is the possibility of experiencing ground instability, especially during extreme weather. According to the UK Subsidence Map, Portsmouth has a medium to high risk of subsidence, with properties that are situated closest to Southampton being more susceptible. Areas that are densely-packed often experience greater risks of instability due to the added pressure on the ground.
Due to this pressure, there is also the risk of landslides occurring which can greatly damage properties. The GeoSure UK Landslide Map depicts Portsmouth as being a medium to high risk making the ground stability search vital for many homeowners. Many coastal locations experience regular landslides due to the sea air and rough weather weakening the ground.
Portsmouth is also labelled as a Hazard Level D for clay soil, increasing the likelihood of subsidence. Level D clay soil is often a risky foundation for properties as it is susceptible to shrinking and swelling when under extreme pressure or change in temperature. This can then cause the building’s foundations to shrink and become misaligned.
As part of the Local Authority Search organised by your conveyancer, the CON29 report will possibly highlight any potential risks or issues concerning radon gas in the area. Radon is a colourless and odourless gas that is formed by the decay of small amounts of natural, radioactive uranium that occurs in all rocks and soils. Excessive emission levels can cause health concerns making the search important for movers.
According to the UK Radon Map, Portsmouth does not contain high levels of radon gas. The area contains the average level of emissions, with a less than one in a hundred chance of your property being in a high radon area. This should be very reassuring for those searching for properties here as homeowners are less likely to experience health issues from this natural gas.
However, it should be noted that there are still small areas that should be viewed with caution. Streets such as Hope Street, Commercial Road and Lake Road have previously had minor readings of radon gas. Again, this should not be an issue for many movers as the level of emissions is still fairly low, but they do have some of the highest readings in Portsmouth.
Overall, Portsmouth movers should not be overly concerned about radon gas in the area. However, if you’d like to find out more information, don’t be afraid to speak to your conveyancer and ask them to take you through the search results for reassurance.
Due to Portsmouth’s coastal location as well as its industrial and military past, there have been a number of contaminated sites. Its industrial history has resulted in a complex development history and an increase in pollution.
Contaminated land can threaten public health and safety as well as the surrounding environment and wildlife. It has been defined as a local authority containing substances or pollution that could cause significant harm to people, properties or protected species. Whilst we could not find a Contaminated Land Register on the Portsmouth City Council’s website, they are legally required to share their Contaminated Land Strategy.
If you’re worried that the property you’re viewing is located on or near contaminated land, then ask your conveyancer to talk you through the Environmental Search results for confirmation. If the land is ‘contaminated’, you could then also speak to the local council to see if plans to remedy the area have been put in place.