I am purchasing a property but my solicitors have advised me that the Local Authority Search has revealed there are Prohibition Orders registered against the property. What does this mean?
Occasionally, searches will reveal Enforcement Notices registered against properties. This will relate to Planning Conditions having been breached or the Local Authority declaring the property unfit for habitation.
A Prohibition Order is a little more serious. This prevents the property from being used for a particular purpose until conditions set down by the Council are satisfied – for example the inability to use a property or part of a property, for residential purposes because certain alterations, usually unauthorised, are a risk to the health of any occupier.
You need to consult with the Local Authority to establish what is required to satisfy these Orders as the cost of satisfying these requirements need to be included in your anticipated budget.
One other important point to note is that such entries revealed by the local authority search may have been satisfied but the entries remain on the Local Land Charges Register. If an entry is therefore revealed by the search your lawyer will need to enquire of the local authority as to whether the Notice remains valid or whether it has been satisfied.
* Emyr Pierce is Managing Director of Emyr Pierce Solicitors in Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Western Mail Conveyancer of the Year, specialising in Domestic and Commercial Property. Contact www.emyrpierce.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org