Oh, dear Lord, more drama! Just when you put one fire out, another chump sparks up a ciggy in a no-naked flame zone.
I’ve officially been waiting three weeks for a simple drainage search to be completed. This simple search is holding up the completion of the purchase, and i’m worried the delay will cause the seller to pull the plug on the deal. The seller’s Estate Agent keeps calling me every day, asking me to find out when I’ll be ready for completion. Apparently the seller is getting anxious, and has been ready to exchange for over a month.
The agent also informed me that he had been trying to contact Joslin Rhodes (my Conveyance Solicitor) consistently on a regular basis, but to no avail. He’s either greeted by an annoying answer machine, or no one of authority returns his calls when a message is left with the receptionist. Welcome to my world, Mr Estate Agent! I’m paying Joslin Rhodes, and i’m getting the same results.
I’ve been trying to harass my Solicitor every day. “Trying” being the operative word. How am I meant to harass them properly if they can’t be contacted? It amazes that companies can operate like that, shrugging off their clients. They’re solicitors as well; f’ing solicitors. You’d expect some form of professionalism. Brilliant.
Waiting 3 weeks for a drainage search is excessive. I understand that the company that deals with the searches are subcontracted by Joslin Rhodes, so it’s not entirely their fault (so they could argue). However, I’m paying Joslin Rhodes for a quality service, i’m not paying the subcontractors. So ultimately, as far as i’m concerned, it is Joslin Rhodes fault. Maybe they should get more subcontractors, or better ones.
Details on Drainage And Water Searches
Since I’ve got nothing better to do, I decided to find out more details about drainage searches. God, I really must be bored. Or perhaps I just want to know why a process that usually takes a few days (so I’m told) is taking so long. Maybe if I understand the process of a drainage search a little better I’ll be able to appreciate why, where and how the delays could be occurring.
What is a Drainage And Water search?
This is a search of the water authority’s records to check details of water and sewerage assets under and around the property. The information is provided by the various local water companies in England and Wales
The documented report is called is known as CON29DW. The report is designed to help protect consumers by providing vital information during the early stages of purchasing a house. It has been a trusted part of the conveyancing process for many years and legal professionals have come to rely on it as part of their due diligence.
The search search contain the following information:
- Public sewer maps
- Foul drainage and surface water
- Public adoption of sewers and lateral drains
- Public sewers within the boundary of the property
- Public sewers near to the property
- Building over a public sewer, disposal main or drain
- Map of the waterworks i.e. water pipes, waste pipes and drains
- Adoption of water mains and service pipes
- Sewerage and water undertakers
- Connection to mains water supply i.e. public or private
- Confirmation of how the property is billed for water and wastewater charges
Do I need a Drainage And Water search when buying a property?
The drainage and water is NOT a legal requirement. However, the search is pretty mandatory, and should always be undertaken in every conveyancing transaction when buying/selling a property, because it can reveal potential problems.
It’s important to make sure your solicitor or conveyancer obtains one to avoid nasty sewer or water shocks in your new home.
How long does a Drainage And Water search typically take?
The report is obtained from the local water companies. It simply is a case either filling in an online form, or requesting it via postal methods. It really shouldn’t take long at all, which leaves to wonder why there is actually a delay.
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