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Course Aims:

The principle of caveat emptor means that a buyer needs to find out as much as possible about a property before he becomes contractually bound to purchase it. This podcast aims to inform listeners about the relevant enquiries and searches which should be carried out to provide the buyer with all the necessary information.

After completing the course you will:
  • Know which searches and enquiries should be done in every transaction;
  • Understand what additional searches need to be carried out when the title to the property is unregistered;
  • Know the searches that you might consider appropriate in light of the particular circumstances of a transaction.
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990;
  • Commons Registration Act 1965;
  • Home Information Pack (No.2) Regulations 2007;
  • Local Land Charges Act 1975;
  • Low v R J Haddock Ltd (1985) 2 EGLR 247;
  • G & K Ladenbau (UK) Ltd v Crawley and de Reya (1978) 1 WLR 266;
  • William Sindall plc v Cambridgeshire County Council [1994] 1 WLR 1016;
  • McMeekin v Long (2003) 29 EG 120.

This CPDcast is on the subject of pre-contract searches and enquiries which need to be carried out as part of an investigation of a property before contracts are exchanged. Fiona Ball explains why each search is made, the circumstances in which it is made, exactly how it is made and what information will be revealed the search.

Podcast added: 28/04/10

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-05-28

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