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Off Mains Drainage Regulations selling a property with a septic tank

Tue 22 Dec 2020

If your property has a septic tank, sewage treatment plant or cesspit and you are wanting to sell up, there are a number of regulations in place that you need to be aware of that came into play in January 2020. 

These regulations, General Binding Regulations, perform an important role in making sure that drainage systems operate as they should do, and in reducing the risk of them polluting the environment. It is really important that you stay on the right side of the law as far as drainage systems go, because not adhering to the regulations will land the property owner in trouble with the Local Authority and/or the Environment Agency. They have the authority to test any off mains drainage system they think might be causing a problem, and can take action, typically hefty fines, against the homeowner if they find any issues.

If you are selling a property with a septic tank that discharges directly to a watercourse, you should either be prepared to reflect the cost to make the sewage system compliant, with the Off Mains Drainage Binding Regulations, within the asking price, or undertake the remedial work prior on the drainage sewage system ahead of marketing the property.

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