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How Long Are Conveyancing Searches Valid For?

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One of the many questions we get asked by our conveyancing solicitors is how long are searches valid for. It’s a great question and one that we’re more than happy to answer. Depending on the type of search, they can be valid for anywhere between six months to three years. Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of searches and how long they are valid for. 

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Local Authority Search

A Local Authority search (LAS) is an important part of the home-buying process in the United Kingdom. The search is carried out by your conveyancer and is used to identify any potential problems with the property you are planning to buy. The results of the search will help your conveyancer negotiate with the seller on your behalf and, ultimately, help protect your interests.

So, how long does a LAS take to become valid? In most cases, a LAS will be valid for six months from the date of issue. However, it’s important to note that this is only a general guideline; the actual validity period will depend on several factors, including the age of the property and the type of searches conducted. 

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For example, if you are buying a new-build property, the LAS may only be valid for three months because many of the necessary searches (e.g. for planning permission) may not have been conducted at the time of purchase. Similarly, if you are buying an older property, the LAS may be valid for up to 12 months as some of the required searches (e.g. for minerals) can take longer to complete. 

A Local Authority Search (LAS) is an important part of the home-buying process in the United Kingdom. The search is carried out by your conveyancer and is used to identify any potential problems with the property you are planning to buy. The results of the search will help your conveyancer negotiate with the seller on your behalf and, ultimately, help protect your interests.

In most cases, a LAS will be valid for six months from the date of issue; however, this is only a general guideline. The actual validity period will depend on several factors, including the age of the property and the type of searches conducted. If you are buying a new-build property, for example, the LAS may only be valid for three months; whereas if you are buying an older property, the LAS may be valid for up to 12 months. 

Environmental Search

The length of time that an Environmental Search is valid for will depend on how long ago the search was conducted. Generally, an Environmental Search will remain valid for six months from the date that it was requested. After six months, it is up to the financial institution to decide whether or not they want to accept the results of the search. 

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It should be noted that there are some situations where an Environmental Search will no longer be valid. For example, if there has been a change in land use, then the results of the previous Environmental Search may no longer be accurate. If you are unsure about whether or not your Environmental Search is still valid, then you should contact the company that conducted the search for you. 

If you need an Environmental Search to apply for a mortgage, then you should keep in mind that these types of searches are only valid for six months. After that, it is up to the financial institution to decide if they want to accept the results of the search. In some cases, an Environmental Search may no longer be valid if there has been a change in land use. 

Water and Drainage Search

Generally speaking, though, a Water and Drainage Search is considered to be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. It’s important to note that a Water and Drainage Search is different from a Full Plans/Building Regulations Application. A Full Plans/Building Regulations Application is required whenever you’re planning on making changes to the property, such as an extension or conversion. 

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A Water and Drainage Search is an important document to have if you’re planning on buying a property in the UK. The search shows the presence or absence of public water and sewer lines near the property. It’s generally considered to be valid for six months from the date of issue. If you’re planning on making any changes to the property, such as an extension or conversion, you’ll need to submit a Full Plans/Building Regulations Application.

Land Registry Search 

If you’re buying a property in the United Kingdom, one of the things you’ll need to do is obtain a Land Registry Search. This search will show you important information about the property, such as who owns it, what restrictions are placed on it, and whether there are any outstanding mortgages or other charges against it. The Land Registry Search is a vital part of the conveyancing process, and it’s important to know how long the search is valid for. 

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The short answer to the question “how long is a Land Registry Search valid for?” is six months. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is just the minimum validity period—in reality, most searches are only valid for three to four months. That’s because the information contained in a Land Registry Search can change quite quickly, and if you’re relying on outdated information, you could find yourself in a very difficult situation. 

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For example, let’s say you’re buying a property that has an outstanding mortgage against it. The mortgage lender could decide to call in the loan at any time, which would mean that the property would be sold at auction to pay off the debt. If you had relied on a Land Registry Search that was six months old, you would have no way of knowing that this was a possibility—and so you could end up paying for a property that you would then lose very quickly. 

This is just one reason why it’s so important to use a conveyancer who stays up-to-date with all the latest changes in legislation and procedure—you need to be sure that you’re getting accurate, reliable information every step of the way. 

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Conclusion 

So there you have it, a breakdown of how long common conveyancing searches are valid for in the UK. If you have any further questions about conveyancing or would like to instruct us to carry out searches on your behalf, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team of experts will be more than happy to help.

 

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