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New Regulations for septic tanks

If you are purchasing a property that has a septic tank that discharges directly to surface water, it will need to replaced or upgraded by 1st January 2020. Properties with septic tanks that discharge directly to surface water which are sold before 1st January 2020 the responsibility for the replacement or upgrading of the existing treatment system should be addressed between the buyer and seller as a condition of sale. If the Environment Agency finds evidence that your septic tank...

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Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant that can damage footpaths, driveways, patios and in the worse cases, it can get into the property itself.  It is very difficult and expensive to eradicate this plant.  The discovery of Japanese Knotweed could affect the saleability, mortgage ability and value of the property. If Japanese Knotweed is allowed to encroach onto the neighbouring property it may constitute a private nuisance under common law.  It is against the law to try to remove Japanese...

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Top tips from Kent surveying company

Buildings Insurance Upon exchange of contracts, you will be responsible for insuring the property.  Before you make a legal commitment to purchase the property, you should satisfy yourself full, comprehensive, and unrestricted building insurance cover is available.  To this end, it would be prudent to show a copy of any survey report to your proposed insurers as soon as possible and certainly before you make a legal commitment to purchase the property.  Your legal adviser should seek confirmation from insurers...

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Damp Proof Course

The Public Health Act of 1875 introduced the requirements for a damp proof course in walls to prevent rising damp. External ground levels should be a minimum of 150mm below the damp proof course to avoid the risk of ground moisture bridging the damp course and causing dampness. If external rendering is taken down to ground level or the ground is raised to the perimeter of the property (for example raising flower beds or paths) if a damp proof course...

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