Local authority search
This is the search of local authority
records to confirm the status of the property carried out by the local authority
for the benefit of your solicitor there is a fee for this service. The search is
supposed to reveal any proposed changes in the area, the details of the planning
permission for the subject property and whether any enforcement notices have
been served by the local authority.
One extreme example of an adverse search would be a motorway is planned near the
property this would seriously affect the security
The solicitor is usually responsible for obtaining the local authority searches
and interpreting them.
In the majority of cases the local search is clear but that does not mean that
they are not any less necessary they are a very important precaution and one
that lenders insist on having should you be borrowing to purchase the property.