New Builds require extra care when dealing with the legal process of buying. At Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors we ensure that they receive the additional attention they need, but we set out below some of the key additional aspects of dealing with new build property.
An NHBC certificate warrants that new builds have been built to an approved standard by the developer and comes with a maximum of 10 years guarantee. This should come with all new builds, or if you are buying a property built within the last 10 years, there should be an equivalent.
The section 38 agreement involves the developer and Local Authority and ensures that the roads are developed to the correct standard, so that the Local Authority is able to adopt the road once finished. This may mean that, in the short term, the property developer will be responsible for the road maintenance until the section 38 agreement is in place.
At the time that our client is acquiring a property, we will ensure that the roads will be fully completed and adopted at some stage, otherwise there may be difficulty in ensuring that roads are maintained in the future.
The section 104 agreement relates to the provision of drains, and requires the developer to put in place ongoing support with the local water authority.
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