Date Published 05 August 2010
The £22 fee homebuyers must pay to find out about issues or restrictions that may affect a property is being abolished, the government has announced.
Until now, legislation stated that a £22 fixed fee should be charged for this information when an individual inspects the records in person. But the law is now being changed to stop people being charged in order to ensure compliance with European regulations relating to "environmental information". These state that checking this type of information in person should be free of charge.
A spokeswoman for the department said that while the law had not yet been amended, its advice to local authorities was that "this should be free from now".
She said there were 736,000 property transactions in England last year, and if this charge had not been in place homebuyers could have saved as much as £16.2m.