Solar Panels & Conveyancing - Avoid the Potential Pitfalls
Conveyancing involves investigation - and not only of title.
Increasingly your responsibility enlarges into areas unknown just a generation ago of which a prime example is the growth of solar panels. For the environmentalist this is purely beneficial but for the conveyancer the subject opens up numerous traps for the unwary which can lead to loss by your client and action by a lender.
The problems can arise for the domestic house transaction or for commercial/residential tenanted blocks.
This virtual classroom seminar will consider the following questions:
- Are the solar panels owned outright by the seller or is there a lease - if so, how will this affect the buyer, and will it be acceptable to the lender?
- Is the valuation and marketability of the property affected?
What You Will Learn
This live and interactive session will cover the following:
- Considerations for private housing and commercial tenanted blocks - sample clauses
- What will a block landlord need to consider?
- Practical problems - pigeons, warranties
- Freehold or leasehold and leasehold maisonettes
- Quashing planning permission which failed to consider the impact of the development on the effectiveness of a neighbour’s solar panel - McLennan, R (on the application of) v Medway Council & Anor 
- Planning appeal on benefit v detriment of solar farm
- UK Finance/CML: ‘Technologies Installed on Residential Properties’
- UK Finance/CML/BSA guidance and minimum requirements regarding leases of roof space for fitting photovoltaic (solar) panels
- UK Finance minimum requirements generally
- The template letter for use by a solar panel provider in applying for lender’s consent to installation and the process for obtaining such consent
- Case studies of clients for whom the installation caused difficulties - pitfalls to avoid
- Dealing with the sale of a property with solar panels, questions for the seller client and estate agent and enquiries suggested for the buyer’s conveyancers to raise
- A typical lender’s ‘Solar Panel Pack for Legal Advisors’
- When things go wrong, neighbour disputes and who owns the panels
- Interaction with rights to light - injunction or damages for interference, prescriptive rights
- Planning permission, Building Regulation approval and other enquiries
- The Smart Export Guarantee replacing ‘feed in tariffs’
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.