Home Buying and Selling

When it comes to buying or selling a property, alongside the many standard checks that all parties will wish to take place, understanding any drainage and sewage treatment processes that are in place, as well as any potential sources of cost or liability associated with ensuring compliance is becoming more and more widespread.

While a properly functioning pre-existing septic tank may well be compliant, if there are for example issues with the age or integrity of the tank then bringing the site up to the latest regulatory requirements may be a notable project that both a buyer and a seller will wish to fully understand.

General Binding Rules states that if you sell your property, you must tell the new operator (the owner or person who will become responsible for the septic tank/sewage treatment plant) in writing the following information:

  • a description of the treatment system
  • a description of the drainage system
  • the location of the main parts of the treatment system, drainage system and discharge point
  • details made to any changes made to the treatment system and drainage system
  • details of how the treatment system and drainage system should be maintained, and the maintenance manual if you have one
  • maintenance records if you have them.


Our MPC team can assist in providing some or all of the following:

  • Tank Inspection
  • *Emptied Tank Structural Inspection
  • CCTV accessible pipework
  • CCTV accessible stormwater drains
  • Dye testing 
  • Full written report with photographic evidence to support findings. 

We will provide you with a written Condition Report with feasibility and recommendations for future upgrades to the existing sewage system that may be required to ensure both Building Control and Environment Agency compliance.

We understand the importance of timeliness in these matters as well as the complexities of the overall process so we aim to make this particular aspect as hassle free as possible and will aim to work to your schedule as much as possible.