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Landfill contamination identified on search

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  • Landfill contamination identified on search

    Searches have revealed that the house a young relative is buying was built on built up land/landfill (all of this road and the road behind it are affected), there is also part of another landfill site that is within 500 mtrs of the property . The houses were built a little over 40 years ago (initially local authority houses). Her solicitor has asked the vendor's solicitors if they will purchase an indemnity due to the potential for contamination. (Apparently this has always been agreed to with regard to other sales that they have handled in the area)

    Vendors at present do not consider there to be any risk (they are themselves specialists in landfill and the environmental field) and were not happy about buying an indemnity policy but would have purchased a standard one (around £50) to have expedited the sale. Their solicitor told them that the standard policy is not applicable if the searches have come back with any 'alerts' as the risk is no longer unknown and that they would need to purchase a bespoke policy. I doubt that the vendors would want to spend any significant money (I am guessing a couple of hundred pound for a policy)

    Advice and suggestions needed please for what my niece can do next (she really can't afford to pay for it herself), and as she was due to complete last week so stress levels are getting high.

    Thank you.