Buying a house or remortgaging just got easier

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Friday, March 16th, 2018

The process of buying a new house or re-mortgaging your home just got faster thanks to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

Instead of taking up to nearly three weeks to get copies of a Water Order Discharge Consent, solicitors and vendors can now access the information online.



David Small, NIEA Chief Executive, said the creation of the online Water Order Domestic Consents Public Register is great news for people going through a house sale.

“NIEA have some 140,000 consents, dating back to 1973, for Single Domestic Dwellings across Northern Ireland. Proof of the existence of a Water Order Discharge Consent is required by solicitors when carrying out domestic conveyancing work,” David explained.

“Before, delays in getting copies of the consents could hold-up or even compromise house sales, but now all consents from 1990-2018 can be immediately downloaded. The new system will also help solicitors in the Property Certificate process as they will be able to identify the Consent Number which again will speed up the conveyancing process.”



Due to the age of some of these records and the change to use of postcodes, it can be difficult to identify a specific consent. Users are advised older consents might have been granted under a townland and not a specific address.

Requests for older consents forms will still be dealt with by NIEA within 15 working days.



David added, “Re-mortgage or completing a house sale or purchase can be a stressful time, so we hope that this new online system will make the process easier and faster and prevent delays.”

All consents granted from 1990-2018 are now available to download and copies of all other consents can be viewed using the search facility. Copies can be provided by clicking the Request button.



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