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Caveat Emptor

BUYER BEWARE! This is an old Latin saying that means a property is sold as seen and the onus is on the buyer to find out every potential issue with the property as there will be no chance of compensation once the sale as gone through.

Certificate of Title

This is the document which confirms who the current owner of a property is. These documents are held by the Land Registry. We can obtain these for you on any registered property in England & Wales.

Chancel Liability

This is a very old law which grants the Parish Church powers to charge some of the owners of the land within their parish (specifically Rectorial Land) for the upkeep and maintenance of the chancel of the church. Conveyancing Data Services Ltd can provide a very competitively priced Insurance product to protect against this and is cheaper than a standard Chancel Search. Our prices include IPT, and our policies cover successors in title. Should you wish to order a policy, see a sample policy or find out some more information please just make an enquiry with us.

Chancel Repairs

These are the repairs to the Church's chancel which can be charged to owners of rectorial land (see Chancel Liability).

Change of Use

A change in the way that land or buildings are used.

Charge Certificate

A charge is a legal mortgage so the Charge Certificate is the document of this mortgage.


These refer to any items that aren't fixed to the property such as the furniture. Quite often you can negotiate for certain chattels (items) to be sold with the house.

Cheshire Brine

This is a search of records of the Cheshire Brine Compensation Board to see whether or not a property has been affected by brine mining. It only affects parts of Cheshire and some parts of Greater Manchester. We can provide Cheshire Brine Searches at a very competitive price. If you would like to find out more about this service please make an enquiry.

Client Account

Whilst holding your money for a purchase, the solicitor will use a separate bank account to their company account. This is referred to as the Client Account.


This is an abbreviation for the Council of Mortgage Lenders.

Coal Search

This is a search which determines whether or not a property may have been affected by any coal mining which used to take place in the area. We can provide these searches for you, if you would like the know the price of these or would like some more information please make an enquiry.


This is someone who lives in a property along with the legal owner (i.e.: they co-habit with them).

Collective Enfranchisement

This is the process that is carried out when the tenants of a property buy the freehold from the landlord.

Common Land

This is land which is owned by a person, or a collective of people, which others have access over. Examples of these are things like parks, commons or village greens.


This is the freehold tenure of part of a multi-occupancy building (typically a flat) with shared responsibility for common services. Commonhold is a system of property ownership in England and Wales. It was introduced in 2004 by the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 as an alternative to leasehold, and is the first new type of legal estate to be introduced in English law since 1925.

Commons Registration Search

This is a search to find out whether a piece of land (which is being purchased) is registered as common land under the Commons Registration Act 1965. This can be a stand alone search or a Part II Enquiry within our Local Authority Searches.

Company Search

We offer many different types of Company Searches which include details on any Limited Company based in England and Wales. The searches typically contain things like the status of the company, the accounting dates, any mortgage charges or CCJs on the company and many other pieces of information. We can also provide International Company Searches if you require them. For any more information on this service please make an enquiry with us.


This is the moment when the buyer's money is transferred to seller and the ownership of the property changes hand.

Completion Statement

This is the document which confirms the amount payable by the buyer on Completion.

Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)

An order issued by the government or local authority to acquire land or buildings for public interest purposes. For example, for the construction of a major road etc.


These are additional enquiries that can be asked about a property that can be made whilst carrying out a Local Authority Search CON29R.


This is the form used as an official request of information from various departments within the Local Authority. The answers to these questions, in addition to those of the LLC1 are used to form an Official Local Authority Search.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest is when a professionals decision or course of action may be affected by their own interest. For example if a solicitor is already acting for the seller they may not do the conveyancing for the buyer as there could be a conflict of interest in doing this.

Conservation Area

Areas of special architectural or historic interest.

Conservation Area Consent (CAC)

Consent required for demolition / alterations within a conservation area, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

Contaminated Land

Defined in Section 78A (2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as ?any land which appears to the local Authority in whose area it is situated to be in such a condition, by reason of substances in, on, or under, the land, that:- a) significant harm is being caused or there is a significant possibility of such harm being caused; or b) pollution of controlled waters is being, or is likely to be, caused.?

Contract Negotiations

These are the negotiations that take place when the agreements of the sale or purchase are decided.

Contract of Sale

This is the document which confirms and is proof of the agreement between the seller and buyer which must be signed before contracts can be exchanged.

Contract Race

Sometimes more than one person can try to buy a property at the same time and the successful person will be the one that signs the contract first.


This is a solicitor or legal executive who carries out the Conveyancing.


This is the area of law concerned with the preparation of documents for the sale or purchase of a property.

Conveyancing Data Services Ltd

Conveyancing Data Services has been created to supply conveyancing information in a way that suits all solicitors and in the way they choose to work. Our vast industry knowledge and experience of supplying conveyancing information to the legal sector guarantees that we appreciate the importance of providing a totally bespoke service. We know this is the key to our success and this bespoke service is exactly what we provide. For more information on us please visit

Corn Rent

a rent paid by parishioners to the vicar of their local church for the services rendered by the vicar to his parishioners


These are legally binding restrictions, duties or conditions imposed on a property.

Cycle Network

An integrated network of both on and off road routes to facilitate a safer environment for cyclists.


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