In a UK property purchase, Indemnity insurance is used during conveyancing transactions to cover some sort of legal defect with the property which can’t be resolved swiftly, or at all. For example if there is a relatively obscure legal problem such as a problem with the deeds with virtually no chance anyone is going to make it a problem in reality, but to sort it out means going to the other party involved and can make the process very expensive, very slow or impossible. It is a one-off payment for a policy that then lasts forever
In these sort or cases an indemnity insurance policy is ideal – should the unusual problem ever show its face then you are covered by the policy. If you’re offered such a policy, its important to bear in mind what it does or doesn’t cover. For example, a policy in respect of missing Building regulations will not cover the cost of doing the work properly, but only the cost of following through any action taken by the local authority – if they don’t take any action and they won’t after the works have been up for a year then you won’t be able to claim. Your legal adviser can advise on the policy for you.
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