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Did you know? – Drainage searches

Why conveyancers obtain drainage and water searches ?

These contain information as to:

  • whether foul water and surface drainage from the property drain to a pubic sewer,
  • the location of public sewers within boundaries of the property or its vicinity,
  • whether the sewers or proposed sewers are adopted,
  • the location of public water mains and whether the property is connected,
  • the basis of charging for the sewerage and water supply to the property

These were a compulsory part of Home Information Pack (HIP), however in the absence of HIPs it is evident that some conveyancing firms do not obtain these. They should in all cases, but at least where the Buyer of the property is obtaining a mortgage to meet lenders requirements.

Of particular importance, as such matters can affect the valuation of the property:

  • the proximity of the connection to the foul sewer as the greater the length of any private network connecting the property to this, the greater the potential liability of the property owners
  • public sewers within the property boundaries as these are subject to statutory easements in favour of the water authority. Any building over these or within 3 meters should have a prior licence from the water authority
  • water mains within the property boundaries, as no building is permitted over a public water main

Need more information ?

For more information, please speak to your usual Wards contact, or email Susan Ellis on susan.ellis@wards.uk.com.

This guide is not intended to be definitive or to act as a substitute for legal advice.

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