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  • Building Regs being witheld by vendors solicitors

    Hi all,
    This is slightly different to the thread concerning Building Regs and extensions.

    We are nearly at completion/exchange on a house built between 1994 and 1996.

    Everything has gone smoothly until now. We've just heard from our solicitors that the vendors solicitors are refusing to hand over the building regulations paperwork for the house because it is over 10 years old.

    Are they allowed to do this? If not, can we force them to somehow?

    It's made us very nervous that somethings amiss (ie either they are hiding something, or the documents have been lost). To that end I've instructed our solicitor to put a hold on buying the property until we get clarification.

    Thanks
    Mike and Susan

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    Re: Building Regs being witheld by vendors solicitors

    If you are getting a mortgage then the mortgage company may not proceed without the bg regs cert.

    If they have the cert, then why don't they hand it over? Did the bg regs show as outstanding on the land charge search?

    If you have paid for a search then the LA may provide you with the cert direct or at least look up the application and tell you if its ok.

    hth

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    • #3
      Re: Building Regs being witheld by vendors solicitors

      They may be refusing because:

      a) they know there aren't any and it is a good excuse; or
      b) they can't be bothered to check.

      If you check and find there aren't any then you have a problem. You won't able to get an indemnity policy .

      Some lenders such as Nationwide do not require sus to check back longer than 10 years and that may be behind their attitude.

      I would have a go at the estate agents and the sellers directly. If they have got the Building Regs paperwork and the solicitors are being deliberately difficult (easier for a factory set up to parrot this than write to client asking for them) then the sellers or the agents may stir them up if the seller is cross that their intransigence is holding up/stopping the sale.
      RICHARD WEBSTERwww.rwco.co.uk
      As a conveyancing solicitor I want to be helpful (England/Wales only) but can't accept liability for this.

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