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House sales solicitors say searches are key when buying a new home in a flood area

20th July 2012

According to the government’s climate advisors more than half a million homes and businesses are at considerable risk of flooding in the future.

Lord Krebs of the Committee on Climate Change suggested that an increase in hard surfaces in urban gardens, up to 48% from 28% ten years ago, may be contributing to flooding as surface water has less opportunity to seep back into the water table.

He added that TV gardeners should advise householders to stop using paving and decking in their gardens and lawns should be laid instead.

Advisors believe that, without action, 610,000 properties will be prone to flooding by 2035 because investment in flood defences is below what they deem necessary.

Current spending on flood defences is 12% less than during the previous spending review period and the Environment Agency says that to maintain the current level of safeguards, spending needs to increase annually by £20miilion on top of inflation.

Meanwhile, conveyancing solicitors warn that house buyers must ensure their legal team carries out full searches on a property before a house purchase is confirmed, so as to mitigate risk of complication further down the line should the property be found to be in a flood-risk area.

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