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The Home Information Pack (No. 2) Regulations 2007

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regulation 8(a)

SCHEDULE 1Home information pack index

Required matters

1.  A home information pack index must—

(a)display prominently the title, “Home Information Pack Index”;

(b)contain the address or proposed address (which may include a plot number) of the property;

(c)contain a list of all the documents included in the home information pack;

(d)be revised whenever a document is included in or removed from the pack;

(e)where regulation 16, 17 or 20 apply, indicate—

(i)that a document otherwise required by these Regulations is missing from the pack;

(ii)specify which document it is; and

(iii)the reason why it is missing; and

(f)where regulation 16 or regulation 17(2)(e) apply, indicate—

(i)such steps as are being taken to obtain the document;

(ii)the date by which the responsible person expects to obtain the document;

(iii)the reason for any delay which has occurred or is likely to occur to the date described in paragraph (ii); and

(iv)where paragraph (iii) applies, the further date by which the responsible person expects to obtain the document.

Authorised matters

2.  A home information pack index may indicate where a particular pack document can be found in the home information pack.

regulation 8(c)

SCHEDULE 2Predicted energy assessment

A predicted energy assessment must—

(a)display prominently the title “Predicted Energy Assessment”;

(b)contain the following statement—

This document is a Predicted Energy Assessment required to be included in a Home Information Pack for properties marketed when they are incomplete. It includes a predicted energy rating which might not represent the final energy rating of the property on completion. Once the property is completed, the Pack should be updated to include information about the energy performance of the completed property.

(c)contain the address or proposed address (which may include a plot number) of the property;

(d)be compiled otherwise than by a visual inspection of the property;

(e)contain the asset rating within the meaning given by regulation 2(1) of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007(1) which is—

(i)predicted for the building;

(ii)based on its plans and specifications; and

(iii)expressed in a way approved by the Secretary of State under regulation 17A of the Building Regulations 2000(2); and

(f)contain an explanation of that rating.

regulation 8(d)

SCHEDULE 3Sale statement

A sale statement must—

(a)display prominently the title “Sale Statement”;

(b)contain the address or proposed address (which may include a plot number) of the property;

(c)state whether the property interest is—

(i)a freehold estate other than a freehold estate in commonhold land;

(ii)a freehold estate in commonhold land; or

(iii)a leasehold interest;

(d)state whether at the first point of marketing—

(i)the property interest is or includes the whole or part of a registered estate; or

(ii)the property interest is or includes the whole or part of an estate, the title to which is not entered in the register of title;

(e)contain the name of the seller, and state the capacity in which they are selling the property;

(f)state whether the property—

(i)is being sold entirely with vacant possession; or

(ii)is a property to which Part 5 of the 2004 Act applies by virtue of section 171(2) of that Act; and

(g)if it is a property to which Part 5 of the 2004 Act applies by virtue of section 171(2) of that Act, state the nature of any lack of vacant possession.

regulation 8(g), 9(k) and 10(2)

SCHEDULE 4Commonhold information

Required commonhold documents

1.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the documents referred to in regulation 8(g)(i) are—

(a)an official copy of such of the following documents as are kept by the Chief Land Registrar—

(i)the individual register and title plan relating to the common parts; and

(ii)the commonhold community statement referred to in that register;

(b)except where they are described in the commonhold community statement, such regulations or rules as are made for the purposes of managing the commonhold by—

(i)the commonhold association;

(ii)such managing agents as are appointed, or proposed for appointment by the commonhold association to manage the commonhold; or

(iii)such other persons as manage or are likely to manage the commonhold,

and their predecessors (if any); and

(c)the most recent requests for payment or financial contribution where made in respect of the property, relating to the 12 months preceding the first point of marketing, towards such of the following as are relevant to the property—

(i)commonhold assessment;

(ii)reserve funds;

(iii)insurance against damage for the common parts (if made separately to the requests relating to commonhold assessment included under sub-paragraph (i)); and

(iv)insurance for any person in respect of personal injury or death caused by or within the common parts (if made separately to the requests relating to commonhold assessment included under sub-paragraph (i)).

(2) Except for the documents specified in sub-paragraph (1)(a), the documents required by that sub-paragraph are only those which are in the seller’s possession, under his control or to which he can reasonably be expected to have access, taking into account the enquiries that it would be reasonable to make of—

(a)the unit-holder (unless the seller is the unit-holder); and

(b)the persons described in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and their predecessors (if any).

Required commonhold information

2.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the matters referred to in regulation 8(g)(ii) are—

(a)the names and addresses of—

(i)such managing agents as are appointed, or proposed for appointment by the commonhold association to manage the commonhold; and

(ii)such other persons as manage or are likely to manage the commonhold;

(b)such amendments as are proposed to the following—

(i)the commonhold community statement; and

(ii)the regulations or rules described in paragraph 1(1)(b); and

(c)a summary of such works as are being undertaken or proposed, affecting the property or the common parts.

(2) The information required by sub-paragraph (1) is only that which the seller can reasonably be expected to be aware of, taking into account the enquiries that it would be reasonable to make of—

(a)the unit-holder (unless the seller is the unit-holder); and

(b)the persons described in paragraph 1(1)(b) and their predecessors (if any).

Authorised commonhold information

3.  The matters referred to in regulation 9(k) are—

(a)the commonhold community statement;

(b)the rights or obligations of the unit-holder under the commonhold community statement or otherwise, including whether the unit-holder has complied with such obligations;

(c)the rights or obligations of the commonhold association under the commonhold community statement or otherwise, including whether it has complied with such obligations;

(d)the commonhold association and any information that might affect the unit-holder’s relationship with it;

(e)any agent of the commonhold association or other manager of the property and any information that might affect the unit-holder’s relationship with such persons;

(f)the membership of the commonhold association;

(g)the status or memorandum and articles of association of any company related to the management of the property or the commonhold;

(h)any commonhold assessment payable for the property, including whether payments for such assessment are outstanding;

(i)any reserve fund levy relating to the property or the commonhold, including whether payments for such levies are outstanding;

(j)any planned or recent works relating to the property or the commonhold;

(k)responsibility for insuring the property or the commonhold, including the terms of such insurance and whether payments relating to it are outstanding; and

(l)any lease(3) or licence relating to the property.

Creation of commonhold interests

4.  The matters referred to in regulation 10(2)(e) are—

(a)the terms of the commonhold community statement that will or is expected to apply in relation to the property interest once it has been registered as a freehold estate in commonhold land; and

(b)estimates of the payment or financial contribution likely to be required of the unit-holder within 12 months of completion of the sale of the property interest towards—

(i)commonhold assessment;

(ii)reserve funds;

(iii)insurance against damage for the common parts (if not to be included in contributions towards commonhold assessment); and

(iv)insurance for any person in respect of personal injury or death caused by or within the common parts (if not to be included in contributions towards commonhold assessment).

regulations 8(h), 9(l) and 10(3)

SCHEDULE 5Leasehold information

Required leasehold documents

1.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the documents referred to in regulation 8(h)(i) are—

(a)the lease in the form of—

(i)an official copy;

(ii)the original lease (or a copy of it in accordance with regulation 6); or

(iii)an edited information document if, despite all reasonable efforts and enquiries by the responsible person, the lease can only be obtained by him in that form;

(b)such regulations or rules as are made for the purposes of managing the property by—

(i)the current lessor or proposed lessor;

(ii)such managing agents as are appointed or proposed for appointment by the lessor to manage the property; and

(iii)such other persons as manage or are likely to manage the property,

and their predecessors (if any);

(c)statements or summaries of service charges supplied in respect of the property under section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985(4) or otherwise, and relating to the 36 months preceding the first point of marketing; and

(d)the most recent requests for payment or financial contribution where made in respect of the property, relating to the 12 months preceding the first point of marketing, towards such of the following as are relevant to the property—

(i)service charges;

(ii)ground rent;

(iii)insurance against damage for the building in which the property is situated (if made separately from the request relating to service charges included under sub-paragraph (i)); and

(iv)insurance for any person in respect of personal injury or death caused by or within the building in which the property is situated (if made separately from the request relating to service charges included under sub-paragraph (i)).

(2) Except for the documents specified in sub-paragraph (1)(a), the documents required by that sub-paragraph are only those which are in the seller’s possession, under his control or to which he can reasonably be expected to have access, taking into account the enquiries that it would be reasonable to make of—

(a)the lessee (unless the seller is the lessee); and

(b)the persons described in sub-paragraph (1)(b) and their predecessors (if any).

Required leasehold information

2.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the matters referred to in regulation 8(h)(ii) are—

(a)the names and addresses of—

(i)the current lessor or proposed lessor;

(ii)such managing agents as are appointed or proposed for appointment by the lessor to manage the property; and

(iii)such other persons as manage or are likely to manage the property;

(b)such amendments as are proposed to the following—

(i)the lease; and

(ii)the regulations or rules described in paragraph 1(1)(b); and

(c)where section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985(5) applies to any qualifying works or qualifying long term agreement in respect of the property, a summary of—

(i)such works or agreements in relation to which a relevant contribution (or any part of a relevant contribution) has not been paid by the first point of marketing;

(ii)the total or estimated total cost of such works or agreements;

(iii)the expected remaining relevant contribution of a lessee of the property;

(iv)the date or estimated date that such works or agreements will be concluded; and

(v)the date or estimated date that the remaining relevant contribution will be required of a lessee of the property.

(2) The information required by sub-paragraph (1) is only that which the seller can reasonably be expected to be aware of, taking into account the enquiries that it would be reasonable to make of—

(a)the lessee (unless the seller is the lessee); and

(b)the persons described in paragraph 1(1)(b)(i) and their predecessors (if any).

Authorised leasehold information

3.  The matters referred to in regulation 9(l) are—

(a)any lease(6) of the property, including those that are superior or inferior to the property interest;

(b)any licence relating to the property;

(c)any freehold estate to which the lease relates including any proposals to buy a freehold interest relating to the property;

(d)the rights or obligations of the lessee under the lease or otherwise, including whether the lessee has complied with such obligations;

(e)the rights or obligations of the lessor under the lease or otherwise, including whether the lessor has complied with such obligations;

(f)the lessor of the property and any information that might affect the lessee’s relationship with the lessor;

(g)any agent of the lessor or other manager of the property and any information that might affect the lessee’s relationship with such persons;

(h)the membership or existence of any body of persons corporate or unincorporate which manages the property or building in which the property is situated;

(i)the status or memorandum and articles of association of any company related to the management of the property or building in which the property is situated;

(j)the rent payable for the property, including whether payments for such rent are outstanding;

(k)any service charges payable in respect of the property, including whether payments for such charges are outstanding;

(l)any reserve fund relating to the property for necessary works to it or the building in which the property is situated, including whether payments to such a fund are outstanding;

(m)any planned or recent works to the property or the building in which the property is situated; and

(n)any responsibility for insuring the property or the building in which the property is situated, including the terms of such insurance and whether payments relating to it are outstanding.

Creation of leasehold interests

4.  The matters referred to in regulation 10(3)(e) are—

(a)the terms of the lease that will or is expected to be granted in order to create the property interest; and

(b)estimates of the payment or financial contribution likely to be required of the lessee within 12 months of completion of the sale of the property interest towards—

(i)service charges;

(ii)ground rent;

(iii)insurance against damage for the building in which the property is situated (if not to be included in contributions towards service charges); and

(iv)insurance for any person in respect of personal injury or death caused by or within the building in which the property is situated (if not to be included in contributions towards service charges).

regulations 8(j)(ii), 8(k) 8(l), 9(m) and 9(n)

SCHEDULE 6General provision about searches and search reports

PART 1All search reports (other than official search certificate of the local land charges register)

General requirements

1.  A search report must contain the following information—

(a)the address of the premises in respect of which the search is conducted;

(b)a statement of whether the following persons have any personal or business relationship with any person involved in the sale of the property (if such a relationship exists)—

(i)a person who conducted the search; and

(ii)a person who prepared the search report;

(c)such enquiries as formed the basis of the search and the information sought;

(d)subject to paragraph 3, the results of the search;

(e)the date on which the search was completed;

(f)a description of the records searched, and the name and address of the person who holds them;

(g)if the records searched are derived from other records, a description of those other records and the name and address of the person who holds them;

(h)a description of how relevant documents can be obtained (if they are not included in the home information pack under regulation 9(o) or otherwise);

(i)the names and addresses of the parties to the arrangements—

(i)under which the search was conducted; and

(ii)if different, under which the search report was prepared;

(j)the name of the persons liable in each of the following events—

(i)any negligent or incorrect entry in the records searched;

(ii)any negligent or incorrect interpretation of the records searched; and

(iii)any negligent or incorrect recording of that interpretation in the search report;

(k)a description of such complaints or redress procedures as exist in relation to the report; and

(l)the terms on which the report is made, including—

(i)the terms required by paragraphs 5, 6 and 7; and

(ii)the names of the persons who are liable to make the payments described in paragraphs 4(g), 4(h) 7(b) and 7(c).

Additional search information

2.  A search report complying with this Part may contain or be accompanied by documents containing all or any of the following information—

(a)information which identifies the search or the search report;

(b)information which explains the results of the search, the search report or the enquiries or matters to which the results of the search relate; and

(c)information which identifies services or features local to the property, but not including any advertising or marketing information about them.

Unavailable search results

3.  Subject to paragraph 4, the results of the search included in a search report under paragraph 1(d) must not fail to answer such enquiries as formed the basis of the search, nor fail to give the information originally sought, unless—

(a)a record from which the answer or result could be deduced is not held by or obtainable under any circumstances from—

(i)a local authority in the case of a search report required by regulation 8(j)(ii) (personal search of the local land charges register) or 8(k) (local enquiries), or authorised by regulation 9(m)(i) (supplementary local enquiries); or

(ii)any person in the case of any other search report, and

(b)a statement is also included in the search report indicating—

(i)that a particular result is not included; and

(ii)the reason under sub-paragraph (a) for failing to include the result.

PART 2Specific required search reports

Access to local authority records

4.  The results of the search included in the search report required by regulation 8(k) (local enquiries) may fail to answer the enquiries set out in Part 2 of Schedule 7, in the following circumstances—

(a)the first point of marketing falls before 1st April 2008 (except where a further first point of marketing arises under regulation 3(4) or Part 5);

(b)a record from which the answer or result could be deduced is held by a local authority;

(c)that local authority has a policy of not allowing other persons to inspect such records;

(d)a local authority is not requested to provide the search report;

(e)any enquiries not answered are the subject of a contract of insurance against the liabilities that if they had been answered, they would have affected—

(i)an actual buyer’s decision to buy the property; or

(ii)the price an actual or potential buyer would be prepared to pay for it,

and result in financial loss;

(f)such a contract of insurance is effected by, and to be carried out by persons so authorised for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;

(g)any liability for financial loss arising under paragraph (e) will be met by financial compensation to be paid by a person (other than the persons described in paragraph 6(a)(i) to (iii)) who is—

(i)a party to the contract of insurance; or

(ii)another person involved in the sale of the property; and

(h)such financial compensation is paid by a person mentioned in sub-paragraph (f) if any person mentioned in sub-paragraph (g) fails to pay it (or no longer exists and has no successor); and

(i)the search report—

(i)contains a description of the terms and effect of the insurance described in this paragraph; and

(ii)identifies which enquiries have not been answered and in respect of which the insurance has been obtained.

Terms for the preparation of required searches

5.  Any person may prepare a report required by regulation 8(j)(ii) (personal search of the local land charges register), 8(k) (local enquiries) or 8(l) (drainage and water enquiries), but must do so on the following terms without exclusion or limitation—  

(a)that the search report will be prepared with reasonable care and skill; and

(b)that a responsible person may copy or issue a copy of the report for the purposes of complying with any of the following provisions—

(i)regulations 5, 6, 8(j)(ii), 8(k), 8(l) and 24; and

(ii)section 156(1), (2) and (11) of the 2004 Act.

Third party contractual rights in relation to search reports

6.  The person preparing a search report required by regulation 8(j)(ii) (personal search of the local land charges register), 8(k) (local enquiries) or 8(l) (drainage and water enquiries) must do so on terms enabling the provisions of the contract under which the report is prepared—

(a)to be enforced in relation to the terms mentioned in paragraph 5, by—

(i)the seller;

(ii)a potential or actual buyer of the property interest; and

(iii)a mortgage lender in respect of the property interest; and

(b)to be enforced by such persons in their own right, whether or not they are a party to such a contract.  

Insurance cover for third party contractual rights

7.  The person preparing the search reports required by regulation 8(k) (local enquiries) or 8(l) (drainage and water enquiries) must do so on terms ensuring that—

(a)any liability of any type arising under paragraph 6 is the subject of a contract of insurance against such risk effected by, and to be carried out by persons so authorised for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000;

(b)any liability for financial loss arising under paragraph 6 will be met by financial compensation to be paid by a person (other than the persons described in paragraph 6(a)(i) to (iii)) who is—

(i)a party to the contract of insurance; or

(ii)another person involved in the sale of the property; and

(c)such financial compensation is paid by a person mentioned in sub-paragraph (a), if any person mentioned in sub-paragraph (b) fails to pay it (or no longer exists and has no successor).

Permitted limit on liability for financial loss

8.  The amount of the financial compensation referred to in paragraphs 4(g) and 7(b) may be limited to the amount the potential or actual buyer reasonably believed to be the value of the property interest—

(a)at the time the search report was completed; and

(b)for the purposes of residential use.

Inclusion of additional or more favourable terms for required search reports

9.  A person may prepare the search reports required by regulation 8(j)(ii) (personal search of the local land charges register), 8(k) (local enquiries) or 8(l) (drainage and water enquiries) on any of the following terms—

(a)terms additional to those described in paragraphs 5, 6 and 7 (without excluding or limiting them); and

(b)terms more favourable to—

(i)the seller;

(ii)a potential or actual buyer of the property interest; or

(iii)a mortgage lender in respect of the property interest,

than those described in paragraphs 5, 6 and 7.

Less favourable terms

10.  Any search report which contains terms less favourable to—

(a)the seller;

(b)a potential or actual buyer of the property interest; or

(c)a mortgage lender in respect of the property interest,

than those required by this Part of this Schedule is not made in accordance with this Schedule.

Required searches by another name

11.  This Schedule applies in relation to pack documents which contain the enquiries required (or enquiries to like effect) to be contained in a search report which would be included under regulation 8(j)(ii), 8(k) or 8(l), regardless of whether one or more of the following has occurred—

(a)they are included under regulation 9(m), Schedule 10 or another provision of these Regulations; or

(b)they are described as a local land charges search, local enquiries or drainage and water enquiries, or given similar descriptions.

regulation 8(k)

SCHEDULE 7Local enquiries

PART 1General

Interpretation  

1.—(1) In this Schedule—

“adoption” and “adopted” relate to an agreement made under section 38 of the Highways Act 1980(7);

“bond” means an indemnity or guarantee which is sought by a local authority as to the financial security of a developer;

“bond waiver” means an agreement that a local authority will not seek a bond from a developer;

“breach of condition notice” means a notice served under section 187A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(8);

“building preservation notice” means a notice served under section 3 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990(9);

“building regulations approvals” means—

(a)

plans passed under section 16 of the Building Act 1984(10); or

(b)

a certificate given under regulation 21(6) of the Building Regulations 2000(11) (regularisation certificates);

“building regulations completion certificate” means a certificate given under regulation 17(1) of the Building Regulations 2000(12);

“building regulations” has the same meaning as in section 122 of the Building Act 1984;

“certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development” means a certificate issued under section 191(4) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(13);

“certificate of lawfulness of proposed use or development” means a certificate issued under section 191(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(14);

“competent person self-certification scheme” means a scheme under whose provisions building work which consists only of work of a type described in column 1 of the Table in Schedule 2A to the Building Regulations 2000(15) is carried out by a person who is described in the corresponding entry in column 2 of that Table;

“compulsory purchase order with a direction for minimum compensation” means an order confirmed or made under section 50(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990(16);

“conservation area” means either or both of the following—

(a)

an area designated under section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990; or

(b)

an area so designated before 31st August 1974 by other means;

“contaminated land notice” means a notice given under section 78B(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(17);

“cycle track” means a way constituting or comprised in a highway, being a way over which the public have the following, but no other, rights of way, that is to say, a right of way on pedal cycles (other than pedal cycles which are motor vehicles within the meaning of the Road Traffic Act 1988(18)) with or without a right of way on foot;

“development plan” must be construed in accordance with section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004(19);

“direction restricting permitted development” means a direction given under article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995(20);

“drainage agreement” means an agreement made under section 22(2) of the Building Act 1984;

“enforcement notice” means a notice issued under section 172 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(21);

“footpath” means a highway over which the public have a right of way on foot only, not being a footway;

“footway” means a way comprised in a highway which also comprises a carriageway, being a way over which the public have a right of way on foot only;

“frontager” means the owner or occupier of premises that abut a road, footway or footpath;

“highway maintainable at public expense” means a highway which by virtue of section 36 of the Highways Act 1980(22), or any other enactment, is a highway which for the purposes of that Act, is a highway maintainable at the public expense;  

“improvement” means the doing of any act under powers conferred by Part 5 of the Highways Act 1980 and includes the erection, maintenance, alteration and removal of traffic signs, and the freeing of a highway or road-ferry from tolls;

“land required for public purposes” means land to which paragraphs 5 and 6 of Schedule 13 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 relate(23);

“land to be acquired for road works” means land to be acquired by a public authority under any of sections 239 to 246 of the Highways Act 1980(24);

“listed building enforcement notice” means a notice issued under section 38 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990(25);

“listed building repairs notice” means a notice served under section 48 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990;

“mini-roundabout” means a roundabout consisting of a level or raised circular marking of a diameter of four metres or less;

“order requiring discontinuance of use or alteration or removal of buildings or works” means an order made under section 102 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(26);

“order revoking or modifying planning permission” means an order made under section 97 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(27);

“planning agreement” means an agreement made under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as existing at any time before the enactment of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;

“planning contravention notice” means a notice served under section 171C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(28);

“planning contribution” means a contribution to be made pursuant to any regulations made under sections 46 to 48 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004;

“remediation notice” means a notice served under section 78E of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(29);

“railway” means a system of transport employing parallel rails which—

(a)

provide support and guidance for vehicles carried on flanged wheels; and

(b)

form a track which either is of a gauge of at least 350 millimetres or crosses a carriageway (whether or not on the same level),

but does not include a tramway;

“road hump” means an artificial hump in or on the surface of the highway which is designed to control the speed of vehicles, and references to a road hump include references to any other works (including signs or lighting) required in connection with such a hump;

“special road” means a highway, or a proposed highway, which is a special road in accordance with section 16 of the Highways Act 1980;

“stop notice” means a notice served under section 183 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(30);

“traffic calming works”, in relation to a highway, means works affecting the movement of vehicular or other traffic for the purpose of—

(a)

promoting safety (including avoiding or reducing, or reducing the likelihood of, danger connected with terrorism within the meaning of section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2000(31)); or

(b)

preserving or improving the environment through which the highway runs;

“tramway” means a system of transport used wholly or mainly for the carriage of passengers and employing parallel rails which—

(a)

provide support and guidance for vehicles carried on flanged wheels; and

(b)

are laid wholly or mainly along a street or in any other place to which the public has access (including a place to which the public has access only on making a payment);

“tree preservation order” means an order made under section 198 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(32); and

“trunk road” means a highway, or a proposed highway, which is a trunk road by virtue of section 10(1) or section 19 of the Highways Act 1980 or by virtue of an order or direction under section 10 of that Act(33) or under any other enactment.

(2) In paragraph 8 “private sewer”, “drain” and “disposal main” have the same meaning as in Schedule 9(34).

Enquiries

2.—(1) The search report required by regulation 8(k) must contain the enquiries set out in Part 2.

(2) Those enquiries must relate to the property.

(3) The enquiries in paragraphs 6 to 18 relate only to matters which are not entered on the appropriate local land charges register.

PART 2Enquiries

Planning and building decisions and pending applications

3.  Which of the following relating to the property have been granted, issued or refused or (where applicable) are the subject of pending applications—

(a)a planning permission;

(b)a listed building consent;

(c)a conservation area consent;

(d)a certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development;

(e)a certificate of lawfulness of proposed use or development;

(f)building regulations approvals;

(g)a building regulations completion certificate; and

(h)any building regulations certificate or notice issued in respect of work carried out under a competent person self-certification scheme(35).

Planning designations and proposals

4.  What designations of land use for the property or the area, and what specific proposals for the property, are contained in any existing or proposed development plan?

Roads

5.  Which of the roads, footways and footpaths named in the application for this search are—

(a)highways maintainable at public expense;

(b)subject to adoption and supported by a bond or bond waiver;

(c)to be made up by a local authority who will reclaim the cost from the frontagers; or

(d)to be adopted by a local authority without reclaiming the cost from the frontagers?

Land required for public purposes

6.  Is the property included in land required for public purposes?

Land to be acquired for road works

7.  Is the property included in land to be acquired for road works?

Drainage agreements and consents

8.  Do either of the following exist in relation to the property—

(a)an agreement to drain buildings in combination into an existing sewer by means of a private sewer; or

(b)an agreement or consent for—

(i)a building; or

(ii)extension to a building on the property,

to be built over or in the vicinity of a drain, sewer or disposal main?

Nearby road schemes

9.  Is the property (or will it be) within 200 metres of any of the following—  

(a)the centre line of a new trunk road or special road specified in any order, draft order or scheme;

(b)the centre line of a proposed alteration or improvement to an existing road involving construction of a subway, underpass, flyover, footbridge, elevated road or dual carriageway;

(c)the outer limits of construction works for a proposed alteration or improvement to an existing road, involving—

(i)construction of a roundabout (other than a mini-roundabout); or

(ii)widening by construction of one or more additional traffic lanes;

(d)the outer limits of—

(i)construction of a new road to be built by a local authority;

(ii)an approved alteration or improvement to an existing road involving construction of a subway, underpass, flyover, footbridge, elevated road or dual carriageway; or

(iii)construction of a roundabout (other than a mini-roundabout) or widening by construction of one or more additional traffic lanes;

(e)the centre line of the proposed route of a new road under proposals published for public consultation; or

(f)the outer limits of—

(i)construction of a proposed alteration or improvement to an existing road involving construction of a subway, underpass, flyover, footbridge, elevated road or dual carriageway;

(ii)construction of a roundabout (other than a mini-roundabout); or

(iii)widening by construction of one or more additional traffic lanes, under proposals published for public consultation?

Nearby railway schemes

10.  Is the property (or will it be) within 200 metres of the centre line of a proposed railway, tramway, light railway or monorail?

Traffic schemes

11.  Has a local authority approved but not yet implemented any of the following for roads, footways and footpaths which abut the boundaries of the property—

(a)permanent stopping up or diversion;

(b)waiting or loading restrictions;

(c)one way driving;

(d)prohibition of driving;

(e)pedestrianisation;

(f)vehicle width or weight restriction;

(g)traffic calming works including road humps;

(h)residents parking controls;

(i)minor road widening or improvement;

(j)pedestrian crossings;

(k)cycle tracks; or

(l)bridge building?

Outstanding notices

12.  Do any statutory notices which relate to the following matters subsist in relation to the property other than those revealed in a response to any other enquiry in this Schedule—

(a)building works;

(b)environment;

(c)health and safety;

(d)housing;

(e)highways; or

(f)public health?

Contravention of building regulations

13.  Has a local authority authorised in relation to the property any proceedings for the contravention of any provision contained in building regulations?

Notices, orders, directions and proceedings under Planning Acts

14.  Do any of the following subsist in relation to the property, or has a local authority decided to issue, serve, make or commence any of the following—

(a)an enforcement notice;

(b)a stop notice;

(c)a listed building enforcement notice;

(d)a breach of condition notice;

(e)a planning contravention notice;

(f)another notice relating to breach of planning control;

(g)a listed building repairs notice;

(h)in the case of a listed building deliberately allowed to fall into disrepair, a compulsory purchase order with a direction for minimum compensation;

(i)a building preservation notice;

(j)a direction restricting permitted development;

(k)an order revoking or modifying planning permission;

(l)an order requiring discontinuance of use or alteration or removal of buildings or works;

(m)a tree preservation order; or

(n)proceedings to enforce a planning agreement or planning contribution?

Conservation areas

15.  Do the following apply in relation to the property—  

(a)the making of the area a conservation area before 31st August 1974; or

(b)an unimplemented resolution to designate the area a conservation area?

Compulsory purchase

16.  Has any enforceable order or decision been made to compulsorily purchase or acquire the property?

Contaminated land

17.  Do any of the following apply (including any relating to land adjacent to or adjoining the property which has been identified as contaminated land because it is in such a condition that harm or pollution of controlled waters might be caused on the property)—

(a)a contaminated land notice;

(b)in relation to a register maintained under section 78R of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(36)—

(i)a decision to make an entry; or

(ii)an entry; or

(c)consultation with the owner or occupier of the property conducted under section 78G(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990(37) before the service of a remediation notice?

Radon gas

18.  Do records indicate that the property is in a “Radon Affected Area” as identified by the Health Protection Agency(38)?

regulation 8(l)

SCHEDULE 8Drainage and water enquiries

PART 1General

Interpretation

1.—(1) In this Schedule—

“the 1991 Act” means the Water Industry Act 1991(39);

“the 2000 Regulations” means the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000(40);

“the 2001 Regulations” means the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2001(41);

“adoption agreement” means an agreement made or to be made under section 51A(1) or 104(1) of the 1991 Act(42);

“bond” means a surety granted by a developer who is a party to an adoption agreement;

“bond waiver” means an agreement with a developer for the provision of a form of financial security as a substitute for a bond;

“calendar year” means the twelve months ending with 31st December;

“discharge pipe” means a pipe from which discharges are made or are to be made under section 165(1) of the 1991 Act;

“disposal main” means (subject to section 219(2) of the 1991 Act) any outfall pipe or other pipe which—

(a)

is a pipe for the conveyance of effluent to or from any sewage disposal works, whether of a sewerage undertaker or of any other person; and

(b)

is not a public sewer;

“drain” means (subject to section 219(2) of the 1991 Act) a drain used for the drainage of one building or of any buildings or yards appurtenant to buildings within the same curtilage;

“effluent” means any liquid, including particles of matter and other substances in suspension in the liquid;

“financial year” means the twelve months ending with 31st March;

“lateral drain” means—

(a)

that part of a drain which runs from the curtilage of a building (or buildings or yards within the same curtilage) to the sewer with which the drain communicates or is to communicate; or

(b)

(if different and the context so requires) the part of a drain identified in a declaration of vesting made under section 102 of the 1991 Act or in an agreement made under section 104 of that Act(43);

“licensed water supplier” means a company which is the holder for the time being of a water supply licence under section 17A(1) of the 1991 Act(44);

“maintenance period” means the period so specified in an adoption agreement as a period of time—

(a)

from the date of issue of a certificate by a sewerage undertaker to the effect that a developer has built (or substantially built) a private sewer or lateral drain to that undertaker’s satisfaction; and

(b)

until the date that private sewer or lateral drain is vested in the sewerage undertaker;

“map of waterworks” means the map made available under section 198(3) of the 1991 Act(45) in relation to the information specified in subsection (1A);

“private sewer” means a pipe or pipes which drain foul or surface water, or both, from premises, and are not vested in a sewerage undertaker;

“public sewer” means, subject to section 106(1A) of the 1991 Act(46), a sewer for the time being vested in a sewerage undertaker in its capacity as such, whether vested in that undertaker—

(a)

by virtue of a scheme under Schedule 2 to the Water Act 1989(47);

(b)

by virtue of a scheme under Schedule 2 to the 1991 Act(48);

(c)

under section 179 of the 1991 Act(49); or

(d)

otherwise;

“public sewer map” means the map made available under section 199(5) of the 1991 Act(50);

“resource main” means (subject to section 219(2) of the 1991 Act) any pipe, not being a trunk main, which is or is to be used for the purpose of—

(a)

conveying water from one source of supply to another, from a source of supply to a regulating reservoir or from a regulating reservoir to a source of supply; or

(b)

giving or taking a supply of water in bulk;

“sewerage services” includes the collection and disposal of foul and surface water and any other services which are required to be provided by a sewerage undertaker for the purpose of carrying out its functions;

“sewerage undertaker” means the company appointed to be the sewerage undertaker under section 6(1) of the 1991 Act for the area in which the property is or will be situated;

“surface water” includes water from roofs and other impermeable surfaces within the curtilage of the property;

“water main” means (subject to section 219(2) of the 1991 Act) any pipe, not being a pipe for the time being vested in a person other than the water undertaker, which is used or to be used by a water undertaker or licensed water supplier for the purpose of making a general supply of water available to customers or potential customers of the undertaker or supplier, as distinct from for the purpose of providing a supply to particular customers;

“water meter” means any apparatus for measuring or showing the volume of water supplied to, or of effluent discharged from any premises;

“water supplier” means the company supplying water in the water supply zone, whether a water undertaker or licensed water supplier;

“water supply zones” in relation to a calendar year means the names and areas designated by a water undertaker within its area of supply that are to be its water supply zones for that year; and

“water undertaker” means the company appointed to be the water undertaker under section 6(1) of the 1991 Act for the area in which the property is or will be situated.

(2) In this Schedule, references to a pipe, including references to a main, a drain or a sewer, shall include references to a tunnel or conduit which serves or is to serve as the pipe in question and to any accessories for the pipe.

Enquiries and responses

2.—(1) The search report required by regulation 8(l) must contain—

(a)the enquiries (or requests) set out in sub-paragraph (1) of each paragraph of Part 2; and

(b)in relation to each such enquiry (or request), a response in the terms set out in sub-paragraph (2) of each such paragraph, which is the appropriate response as regards the property.

(2) Only one of the alternative responses in sub-paragraph (2) of each paragraphs 3 to 11 and 13 to 24 may be the appropriate response.

(3) Where the search report is made using a document which reproduces all of the enquiries (or requests) and responses set out in Part 2, such of those responses as are not appropriate must be deleted or struck out.

(4) Where a response set out in sub-paragraph (2) of a paragraph of Part 2—

(a)includes words highlighted in italics which request the giving of information about specified matters—

(i)the appropriate response or the search report must include the information to which those matters refer; and

(ii)where information is so included and the search report is made using a document which reproduces that response, the words in italics may be deleted or struck out; and

(b)refers to an additional document being included, that document must accompany the search report required by regulation 8(l).

PART 2Enquiries and responses

Public sewer map

3.—(1) Where relevant, please include a copy of an extract from the public sewer map.

(2) A copy of an extract from the public sewer map is included in which the location of the property is identified;

(a)A copy of an extract of the public sewer map is included, showing the public sewers, disposal mains and lateral drains in the vicinity of the property; or

(b)No map is included, as there are no public sewers in the vicinity of the property.

Foul water

4.—(1) Does foul water from the property drain to a public sewer?

(2) (a) Records indicate that foul water from the property drains to a public sewer;

(b)Records indicate that foul water from the property does not drain to a public sewer; or

(c)This enquiry appears to relate to a plot of land or a recently built property. It is recommended that drainage proposals are checked with the developer.

Surface water

5.—(1) Does surface water from the property drain to a public sewer?

(2) (a) Records indicate that surface water from the property does drain to a public sewer;

(b)Records indicate that surface water from the property does not drain to a public sewer; or

(c)This enquiry appears to relate to a plot of land or a recently built property. It is recommended that drainage proposals are checked with the developer.

Public adoption of sewers and lateral drains

6.—(1) Are any sewers or lateral drains serving or which are proposed to serve the property the subject of an existing adoption agreement or an application for such an agreement?

(2) (a) Records indicate that in relation to sewers and lateral drains serving the development of which the property forms part—

(i)an adoption agreement is currently in preparation;

(ii)an adoption agreement exists and the sewers and lateral drains are not yet vested in the sewerage undertaker, although the maintenance period has commenced;

(iii)an adoption agreement exists and the sewers and lateral drains are not yet vested in the sewerage undertaker and the maintenance period has not yet commenced;

(iv)an adoption agreement exists and is supported by a bond;

(v)an adoption agreement exists and is the subject of a bond waiver; or

(vi)an adoption agreement exists and is not supported by a bond or by a bond waiver; or

(b)Records confirm that sewers serving the development, of which the property forms part are not the subject of an existing adoption agreement or an application for such an agreement; or

(c)The property is part of an established development and is not subject to an adoption agreement.

Public sewers within the boundaries of the property

7.—(1) Does the public sewer map indicate any public sewer, disposal main or lateral drain within the boundaries of the property?

(2) (a) The public sewer map included indicates that there is a public sewer, disposal main or lateral drain within the boundaries of the property;

(b)The public sewer map indicates that there are private sewers or lateral drains subject to an existing adoption agreement within the boundaries of the property; or

(c)The public sewer map indicates that there are no public sewers, disposal mains or lateral drains within the boundaries of the property. However, it has not always been a requirement for such public sewers, disposal mains or lateral drains to be recorded on the public sewer map. It is therefore possible for unidentified sewers, disposal mains or lateral drains to exist within the boundaries of the property.

Public sewers near to the property

8.—(1) Does the public sewer map indicate any public sewer within 30.48 metres (100 feet) of any buildings within the property?

(2) (a) The public sewer map included indicates that there is a public sewer within 30.48 metres (100 feet) of a building within the property;

(b)The public sewer map indicates that there is a public sewer or lateral drain subject to an existing adoption agreement within 30.48 metres (100 feet) of a building within the property; or

(c)The public sewer map indicates that there are no public sewers within 30.48 metres (100 feet) of a building within the property. However, it has not always been a requirement for such public sewers to be recorded on the public sewer map. It is therefore possible for unidentified sewers or public sewers to exist within the boundaries of the property.

Building over a public sewer, disposal main or drain

9.—(1) Has a sewerage undertaker approved or been consulted about any plans to erect a building or extension on the property over or in the vicinity of a public sewer, disposal main or drain?

(2) (a) Records indicate that a sewerage undertaker has approved or has been consulted about plans to erect a building or extension on the property over or in the vicinity of a public sewer, disposal main or drain;

(b)Records indicate that a sewerage undertaker has rejected plans to erect a building or extension on the property over or in the vicinity of a public sewer, disposal main or drain; or

(c)There are no records in relation to any approval or consultation about plans to erect a building or extension on the property over or in the vicinity of a public sewer, disposal main or drain. However, the sewerage undertaker might not be aware of a building or extension on the property over or in the vicinity of a public sewer, disposal main or drain.

Map of waterworks

10.—(1) Where relevant, please include a copy of an extract from the map of waterworks.

(2) (a) A copy of an extract from the map of waterworks is included in which the location of the property is identified;

(b)A copy of an extract of the map of waterworks is included, showing water mains, resource mains or discharge pipes in the vicinity of the property; or

(c)No map is included, as there are no water mains, resource mains or discharge pipes in the vicinity of the property.

Adoption of water mains and service pipes

11.—(1) Is any water main or service pipe serving or which is proposed to serve the property the subject of an existing adoption agreement or an application for such an agreement?

(2) (a) Records confirm that in relation to water mains and service pipes serving the development, of which the property forms part—

(i)an adoption agreement is currently in preparation;

(ii)an adoption agreement exists and the water mains or service pipes are not yet vested in the water undertaker;

(iii)an adoption agreement exists and is supported by a bond; or

(iv)an adoption agreement exists and is not supported by a bond; or

(b)Records confirm that water mains or service pipes serving the property are not the subject of an existing adoption agreement or an application for such an agreement.

Sewerage and water undertakers

12.—(1) Who are the sewerage and water undertakers for the area?

(2) Give company name and address is the sewerage undertaker for the area, and give company name and address is the water undertaker for the area.

Connection to mains water supply

13.—(1) Is the property connected to mains water supply?

(2) (a) Records indicate that the property is connected to mains water supply;

(b)Records indicate that the property is not connected to mains water supply and water is therefore likely to be provided by virtue of a private supply; or

(c)This enquiry relates to a plot of land or a recently built property. It is recommended that the water supply proposals are checked with the developer.

Water mains, resource mains or discharge pipes

14.—(1) Are there any water mains, resource mains or discharge pipes within the boundaries of the property?

(2) (a) The map of waterworks indicates that there are water mains, resource mains or discharge pipes within the boundaries of the property;

(b)The map of waterworks does not indicate any water mains, resource mains or discharge pipes within the boundaries of the property; or

(c)The map of waterworks indicates that there is a water main subject to an existing adoption agreement within the boundaries of the property.

Current basis for sewerage and water charges

15.—(1) What is the current basis for charging for sewerage and water services at the property?

(2) (a) The charges are based on actual volumes of water measured through a water meter (“metered supply”);

(b)The charges are based on the rateable value of the property of £ give rateable value and the charge for the current financial year is £ give amount of charge;

(c)The charges are made on a basis other than rateable value or metered supply. They are based on give basis for charges and are £ give amount of charge for each financial year.

(d)Records indicate that this enquiry relates to a plot of land or a recently built property.

Charges following change of occupation

16.—(1) Will the basis for charging for sewerage and water services at the property change as a consequence of a change of occupation?

(2) (a) The basis for the charges will change and will be based on an unmeasured supply;

(b)The basis for the charges will change and will be based on a metered supply;

(c)The basis for the charges will change and will be based on give basis for charges;

(d)The basis for the charges will change and will be based on rateable value;

(e)There will be no change in the current charging arrangements as a consequence of a change of occupation; or

(f)Records indicate that this enquiry relates to a plot of land or a recently built property. It is recommended that the charging proposals are checked with the developer.

Surface water drainage charges

17.—(1) Is a surface water drainage charge payable?

(2) (a) Records confirm that a surface water drainage charge is payable for the property at £ give level of charge for each financial year; or

(b)Records confirm that a surface water drainage charge is not payable for the property.

Water meters

18.—(1) Please include details of the location of any water meter serving the property.

(2) (a) Records indicate that the property is not served by a water meter; or

(b)Records indicate that the property is served by a water meter, which is located—

(i)within the dwelling-house which is or forms part of the property, and in particular is located at give details of location; or

(ii)is not within the dwelling-house which is or forms part of the property, and in particular is located at give details of location.

Sewerage bills

19.—(1) Who bills the property for sewerage services?

(2) (a) The property is billed for sewerage services by give company name, billing address, enquiry telephone number and website address; or

(b)The property is not billed for sewerage services.

Water bills

20.—(1) Who bills the property for water services?

(2) (a) The property is billed for water services by give company name, billing address, enquiry telephone number and website address; or

(b)The property is not billed for water services.

Risk of flooding due to overloaded public sewers

21.—(1) Is the dwelling-house which is or forms part of the property at risk of internal flooding due to overloaded public sewers?

(2) (a) Records confirm that the property is at risk of internal flooding due to overloaded public sewers (following an actual flooding event or otherwise) and a report is included describing—

(i)this and the action proposed by the sewerage undertaker to remove the risk;

(ii)who will undertake this action and when; and

(iii)whether mitigation measures have been installed to reduce the risk of flooding to the property;

(b)An investigation is currently being carried out by the sewerage undertaker to determine if the property should be recorded on a register as being at risk of internal flooding due to overloaded public sewers, and a report is included describing—

(i)the action proposed by the water undertaker to remove the risk; and

(ii)who will undertake the action and when; or

(c)The property is not recorded as being at risk of internal flooding due to overloaded public sewers.

Risk of low water pressure or flow

22.—(1) Is the property at risk of receiving low water pressure or flow?

(2) (a) Records confirm that the property is recorded on a register kept by the water undertaker as being at risk of receiving low water pressure or flow, and a report is included describing—

(i)the action proposed by the water undertaker to remove the risk; and

(ii)who will undertake the action and when;

(b)An investigation is currently being carried out by the water undertaker to determine if the property should be recorded on a register as being at risk of receiving low water pressure or flow, and a report is included describing—

(i)the action proposed by the water undertaker to remove the risk; and

(ii)who will undertake the action and when; or

(c)Records confirm that the property is not recorded on a register kept by the water undertaker as being at risk of receiving low water pressure or flow.

Water quality analysis

23.—(1) Please include details of a water quality analysis made by the water undertaker for the water supply zone in respect of the most recent calendar year.

(2) (a) The analysis confirmed that all tests met the standards prescribed by the 2000 Regulations or the 2001 Regulations;

(b)The analysis confirmed that tests met the standards prescribed by the 2000 Regulations or the 2001 Regulations, except that give number tests of give total number tests failed to meet the standard for nitrate;

(c)The analysis confirmed that tests met the standards prescribed by the 2000 Regulations or the 2001 Regulations, except that give number tests of give total number tests failed to meet the standard for lead;

(d)The analysis confirmed that tests failed to meet the standards of the 2000 Regulations or the 2001 Regulations in relation to both nitrate and lead, and these are give further details of such tests; or

(e)The analysis records confirmed that tests failed to meet the standards of the 2000 Regulations or the 2001 Regulations in relation to another substance or substances, and these are include further details.

Authorised departures from water quality standards

24.—(1) Please include details of any departures—

(a)authorised by the Secretary of State under Part 6 of the 2000 Regulations from the provisions of Part 3 of those Regulations; or

(b)authorised by the National Assembly for Wales under Part 6 of the 2001 Regulations from the provisions of Part 3 of those Regulations.

(2) (a) There are no such authorised departures for the water supply zone; or

(b)The Secretary of State or the National Assembly for Wales has authorised a departure from the standards prescribed by the 2000 Regulations or the 2001 Regulations, in the water supply zone, and—

(i)the departure permits the water undertaker or water supplier to supply water that does not meet the standard for give substance whilst remedial action to restore normal water quality is taken;

(ii)the maximum permitted departure is up to give number micrograms per litre; and

(iii)the measures taken to restore normal water quality are due to be completed by give approximate month and year.

Sewage treatment works

25.—(1) Please state the distance from the property to the nearest boundary of the nearest sewage treatment works.

(2) The nearest sewage treatment works is give distance in kilometres or miles to the give direction of the property. The name of the nearest sewage treatment works is give name.

regulation 9(a)

SCHEDULE 9Home condition report

Home condition reports

1.  A home condition report—

(a)must be made by a home inspector—

(i)following an inspection carried out by him in accordance with the provisions of the approved certification scheme of which he is a member and in which capacity the report is made; and

(ii)using the standard form for home condition report referred to in regulation 37(f).

(b)must be entered onto the register kept pursuant to Part 9.

Terms for the preparation of a home condition report

2.  A home inspector must prepare a home condition report on the following terms without exclusion or limitation—

(a)that the report will be prepared with reasonable care and skill;

(b)that the home inspector will provide in the report an objective opinion about the condition of the property;

(c)that such an opinion will be based on his inspection;

(d)that the home inspector will identify in the report such conditions within the property as appear to—

(i)be defects that are serious or require urgent attention, or both;

(ii)give rise to a need for repair or replacement; or

(iii)give rise to further investigation;

(e)that a responsible person may copy or issue a copy of the report for the purposes of—

(i)regulations 5, 6, 9(a) and 24; and

(ii)section 156(1), (2) and (11) of the 2004 Act; and

(f)that any person may do one or more of the following for the purposes of a disclosure or other act authorised by Part 9—

(i)copy a report;

(ii)issue a copy of a report;

(iii)rent or lend a report;

(iv)communicate a report; or

(v)make an adaptation of a report or do any of the above in relation to an adaptation.

Third party contractual rights in relation to home condition reports

3.  A home inspector must prepare a home condition report on terms enabling the provisions of the contract under which the report is prepared to be enforced in relation to the terms mentioned in paragraph 2, by the following persons in their own right (whether or not they are a party to such a contract)—

(a)the seller;

(b)a potential or actual buyer of the property interest; and

(c)a mortgage lender in respect of the property interest.

Inclusion of additional or more favourable terms for home condition reports

4.  A home inspector may prepare a home condition report on any of the following—

(a)terms additional to those described in paragraphs 2 and 3 (but without excluding or limiting them); and

(b)terms more favourable to—

(i)the seller;

(ii)a potential or actual buyer of the property interest; or

(iii)a mortgage lender in respect of the property interest,

than those described in paragraphs 2 and 3.

Less favourable terms

5.  Any home condition report which contains terms less favourable to—

(a)the seller;

(b)a potential or actual buyer of the property interest; or

(c)a mortgage lender in respect of the property interest,

than those required by this Schedule is not made in accordance with this Schedule.

Completion of home condition reports by home inspectors

6.  A home condition report must be completed by a home inspector so as to contain his record of the following information—

(a)his name;

(b)whether he has any personal or business relationship with any person involved in the sale of the property;

(c)the report reference number against which the report is registered under paragraph 1(b);

(d)the name of the approved certification scheme of which he is a member and in which capacity the report is made;

(e)such membership number or identification code as has been allocated to him by the scheme;

(f)the name and address of his employer, or if he is self-employed, the name under which he trades;

(g)the date of the inspection and the date on which the report is completed;

(h)the address of the property;

(i)the year in which the property was built or, if this cannot be ascertained by him, his estimate of the year in which it was built;

(j)the number of—

(i)storeys or levels in the property; and

(ii)rooms on each storey or level of the property;

(k)such provision as has been made for the parking of vehicles relating to occupants of or visitors to the property;

(l)such mains utility services as are connected to the property and the condition of their visible parts;

(m)if the property is or forms part of a flat or maisonette—

(i)the number of storeys or levels of the building in which the flat or maisonette is situated;

(ii)the number of flats and maisonettes in that building or, if this cannot be ascertained by him, his estimate of the number of flats and maisonettes;

(iii)whether the building contains a lift;

(iv)the general condition of such areas that lead to the property as are common to both it and any neighbouring premises; and

(v)the general condition of the building in which the flat or maisonette is situated;

(n)risks to the health or safety of the property’s occupants or visitors, so far as he can ascertain them;

(o)the condition of the outside parts of the property including such—

(i)roof coverings;

(ii)rainwater pipes and gutters;

(iii)chimney stacks; and

(iv)walls, doors and windows,

as relate to the property;

(p)the condition of the inside parts of the property including—

(i)roof structures accessible directly from the property;

(ii)ceilings and floors;

(iii)internal walls; and

(iv)kitchen and bathroom fittings,

and whether their appearance suggests that they have been materially affected by dampness;

(q)the general condition of such outbuildings as are part of the property;

(r)whether any parts of the property to which he would normally expect to have access were not accessible to him on the day of the inspection; and

(s)any other provision required by the approved certification scheme of which he is a member and in which capacity the report is made.

Conduct of inspections

7.  Nothing in this Schedule shall be construed as requiring a home inspector to—

(a)inspect such parts of the property as are not reasonably accessible on the day of the inspection; or

(b)move furniture, fittings or personal items at the property during an inspection.

Prohibition on personal and security information

8.  A home condition report must not contain any of the following—

(a)information or data from which another living individual can be identified from the report other than the information required under paragraphs 6(a) (name of inspector), 6(f) (name of employer) or 6(h) (address of property);

(b)any expression of opinion about a living individual; or

(c)information about security features at the property and, in particular, burglar alarm systems, safes or locks.

regulation 9(p)

SCHEDULE 10Additional relevant information

   The matters referred to in regulation 9(p)(ii) are—

(a)energy performance, environmental impact or sustainability;

(b)potential or actual environmental hazards that might affect the property or its occupants;

(c)the price at which—

(i)the property is available for sale; or

(ii)was previously sold;

(d)the length of time the property has been available for sale either generally or through a particular person;

(e)location or address;

(f)aspect, view, outlook or environment;

(g)proximity and identity of local services, facilities or amenities;

(h)Welsh speaking communities in the local area;

(i)the use of the Welsh language;

(j)the property’s contents, fixtures or fittings;

(k)history of the property, including age, ownership or use of the property or land on which it is or will be situated;

(l)tenure or estate;

(m)application of any statutory provision which restricts the use of land or which requires it to be preserved or maintained in a specified manner;

(n)existence or nature of any restrictive covenants, or of any restrictions on resale, restrictions on use or pre-emption rights;

(o)existence of any easements, servitudes or wayleaves;

(p)any information held or provided by the Chief Land Registrar relating to the property;

(q)equitable interests in the property;

(r)rights of way or access to or over—

(i)the property (not including any ancillary land); or

(ii)land outside the property;

(s)rights of way or access to or over any ancillary land to the property including—

(i)obligations to maintain such land; or

(ii)whether any payments for maintaining such land are outstanding;

(t)obligations to maintain the boundaries of the property;

(u)communications from any public authority or person with statutory functions, that affect or might affect the property, including whether any request made by them (under any enactment or otherwise) has been complied with;

(v)acquisition of any land by a public authority or person with statutory functions that affects or might affect the property;

(w)standards of safety, building, repair or maintenance to which the property, its contents or the building in which it is situated ought to comply, and whether such standards have been complied with;

(x)the property’s suitability or potential suitability for occupancy by a disabled person;

(y)alterations or other works relating to the property and —

(i)the date or approximate date they occurred;

(ii)whether any necessary permissions for such alterations or works have been obtained; or

(iii)whether relevant consultations have been conducted;

(z)identity of a person by whom the property, its fixtures or components were designed, constructed, built, produced, treated, processed, repaired, reconditioned or tested;

(aa)measurements of the property;

(bb)use or occupation of the property or use or occupation of other premises which affects or might affect the property;

(cc)insurance policies, warranties, certificates or guarantees for the property or its contents;

(dd)utility services connected to the property;

(ee)taxes, levies or charges relating to the property; and

(ff)information of any type mentioned in this Schedule relating to neighbouring, adjoining or nearby land or premises.

(1)

S.I. 2007/991, amended by S.I. 2007/1669.

(2)

S.I. 2000/2531. Regulation 17A was inserted by S.I. 2006/652.

(3)

In this case, “lease” does not only mean a long lease - see regulation 3(1).

(4)

1985 c. 70. At the time these Regulations are made, section 152 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 (c. 15) which substitutes section 21 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, is not yet fully in force.

(5)

Section 20 is substituted by section 151 of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

(6)

In this case, “lease” does not only mean a long lease - see regulation 3(1).

(7)

Amended by section 22(1) of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22).

(8)

Inserted by section 2 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (c. 34).

(9)

Amended by section 20(4) of and paragraph 25(2) of Schedule 6 to the Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 (c. 19).

(10)

There are amendments to section 16 which are not relevant to these Regulations.

(11)

S.I. 2000/2531. Under this provision, an applicant may apply to a local authority for a regularisation certificate in respect of unauthorised building work.

(12)

Regulation 17 is amended by S.I. 2005/1541.

(13)

Substituted by section 10(1) of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 (c. 34).

(14)

Substituted by section 10(1) of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

(15)

Substituted by S.I. 2006/652.

(16)

Amended by section 109(1), paragraph 345 of Schedule 8 to and Schedule 10 to the Courts Act 2003 (c. 39).

(17)

Inserted by section 57 of the Environment Act 1995.

(19)

2004 c.5.

(20)

S.I. 1995/418. Article 4 is amended by S.I. 1996/528.

(21)

Substituted by section 5 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

(22)

1980 c.66. Section 36 is amended by section 4(1) of and paragraph 47 of Schedule 2 to the Housing (Consequential Provisions) Act 1985 (c. 71), sections 64 and 68 of and Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Transport and Works Act 1992 (c. 42), section 4 of and paragraph 45(3) of Schedule 2 to the Planning (Consequential Provisions) Act 1990 (c.11), section 57 of, and Part 1 of Schedule 6 to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (c. 37) and by S.I. 2006/1177. There are further amendments to section 36 which are not relevant to these Regulations.

(23)

Paragraph 5 is amended by section 32 of and paragraph 56 of Schedule 7 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991. Both paragraphs 5 and 6 were amended by section 118(1) of and paragraphs 1 and 18 of Schedule 6 to the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

(24)

Section 241 is amended by section 190 of and paragraph 62 of Schedule 25 to the Water Act 1989 (c. 15). Section 245A was inserted by section 13 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 (c. 18). Section 246 is amended by sections 68(2) and 70 of, and paragraph 26 of Schedule 15 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and section 34 of and paragraph 31 of Schedule 4 to the Acquisition of Land Act 1981 (c. 67).

(25)

Amended by sections 25 and 84 of and Schedule 3 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

(26)

Amended by sections 21 and 32 of, paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 to and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

(27)

Amended by sections 21 and 84 of, paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to, and Schedule 19 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

(28)

Inserted by section 1 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 and amended by S.I. 2003/956 and S.I. 2004/3156.

(29)

Inserted by section 57 of the Environment Act 1995 and amended by sections 86 and 105 of the Water Act 2003.

(30)

Substituted by section 9(1) of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991.

(31)

2000 c. 1.

(32)

Amended by sections 31, 32 and 84 of, paragraph 20 of Schedule 6 to and paragraph 34 of Schedules 7 and 19 to the Planning and Compensation Act 1991. Also amended by section 42(3) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

(33)

Section 10 is amended by section 22(2) of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (c. 22) and section 19 is amended by section 21(1) of that Act.

(34)

See paragraph 1(1) of that Schedule.

(35)

See regulation 16A of the Building Regulations 2000.

(36)

1990 c. 43. Section 78R is inserted by section 57 of the Environment Act 1995.

(37)

Section 78G is inserted by section 57 of the Environment Act 1995.

(38)

A body established under section 1 of the Health Protection Agency Act 2004 (c. 17).

(40)

S.I. 2000/3184. These Regulations apply in relation to England.

(41)

S.I. 2001/3911. These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

(42)

Section 51A is inserted by section 92(2) of the Water Act 2003 (c. 37). Section 104(1) is amended by section 96(4) of that Act.

(43)

To which there are various amendments made by sections 102 and 104 by section 96 of the Water Act 2003.

(44)

Inserted by section 56 of and Schedule 4 to the Water Act 2003.

(45)

Subsection (1A) is inserted by section 92(5) of the Water Act 2003.

(46)

Section 106(1A) is inserted by section 99 of the Water Act 2003.

(48)

To which there are various amendments made by section 101(1) of and Schedule 8 to the Water Act 2003.

(49)

To which there are various amendments made by section 101(1) of and Schedule 8 to the Water Act 2003.

(50)

Section 199 is amended by section 97(1) and (8) of the Water Act 2003.

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