In any property transaction it is up to the vendor, or more accurately his/her solicitor, to make and show good title.
This means that any queries from the purchaser’s solicitor as to the title being offered must be answered and dealt with satisfactorily by the vendor’s side.
Any infirmities or imperfections in the title being offered must be made good by the vendor’s solicitor as part of the conveyancing process.
Purchasers, especially first-time buyers, take it on themselves to try to sort out problems. This is understandable as they are wrapped up in the excitement of buying their first property.
But they need to be aware that the task of making and showing good title is the job of the vendor, not the purchaser.