News & Insights

Useful website links for Real Estate people

Gaye King an Associate in our Real Estate team provides links to useful information sources to look at when you are considering dealing with properties.

If you are looking to acquire a property, here are some useful sets of links to public information sources, which can provide helpful information before you negotiate heads of terms.

Don’t forget to also look at the local authority planning portal for the area in which the property is located, which can be a goldmine of both history and plans.

Business Rates Valuation

This provides more information relating to business rates payable on a property

Coal Authority Interactive Map Viewer

A link to the Coal Authority’s interactive map

Companies House

To check the information on a particular company, which could be the seller or tenants.  Is the tenant making a profit or  a loss?

CPI Index – Office for National Statistics

To assist with calculating the current CPI rate

Date Calculator

A useful tool to calculate the amount of days in a period or to calculate an actual date

EPC Register

To see if a property has a valid EPC and at what level.  It will also link to the relevant “recommendation report”

Field Seymour Parkes News & Insights

A link to our firm’s articles which provide information and advice on a wide range of topics. Not to be missed!

Google Maps and Streetview

A link to Google Maps and Streetview.

Streetview also has history, so you often see when a building was built or altered. Aerial images can also indicate formal or informal footpaths as wear marks, or historic features as crop marks

HS2 area map

A link to the HS2 area map

Landlord’s Guide to leasing premises

A guide as to what landlords should look out for in letting terms

Tenant’s Guide to leasing premises

A guide for tenants setting out some of the key items to look out for when negotiating their lease

Land Registry

A link to the Land Registry website where you can search property ownership information and search house prices etc.

Listed Buildings

To check whether a property is listed

MAGIC geographic information

A useful site showing geographic information about the natural environment such as rural, urban, coastal and marine environments.

Model Heads of Terms

Useful draft set of heads of terms setting out the points which should be raised in negotiations

Old Maps Online

A link to historic maps of the UK

Radon Maps for the UK

Useful site showing the areas where Radon is present in the UK.  This can require amelioration actions to be taken

Royal Mail Postcode Finder

A link to Royal Mail’s Postcode finder site.

RPI All Items Index

To assist with calculating the current RPI rate

Stamp Duty Land Tax Calculator

HMRC’s tool to assess the amount of stamp duty payable on a purchase or new lease.

Use Classes – Planning permission Change of use

A useful website providing information regarding the different planning use classes applicable to commercial properties