Please note that the purchasers’ solicitors need not enquire with vendors’ solicitors as to whether vendors of dwellings have discharged water charges, as water charges are not a charge on dwellings.
Vendors’ solicitors should note that, notwithstanding the suspension of water charges provided to a dwelling for the period from 1 July 2016 to 31 March 2017 by virtue of the Water Services (Amendment) Act 2016, they are still obliged to comply with their obligations under section 48 of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015.
Practitioners are referred to the committee’s practice notes on this topic as published in the March 2016 and December 2015 issues of the Gazette:
The committee also confirms that:
The outgoings referred to in requisition 11 do not include these water charges, and
Requisition 11.6 relates to commercial water rates, not these domestic water charges.