What do you have to declare when selling a house?

What do you have to declare when selling a house?

When selling your property, it would be easy to assume that the buyers are solely responsible for checking out the quality and suitability of the property before going ahead with the purchase. However, it is the responsibility of the seller to disclose certain information to potential buyers before you go ahead with exchanging contracts.

As part of the standard conveyancing process, the seller must fill in a “Property Information Form”, also known as a TA6. This document is there to inform buyers of any information about your property that they would be unable to learn elsewhere. In other words, any hidden issues must be disclosed before the buyer makes their purchase.

This document is a crucial part of the pre-contract documents, making it legally binding. The buyer has the right to sue you if you either lie about an issue or hide it altogether.

What must you declare when selling a property?

Here are the things you must declare when putting your property on the market:

●     Hidden problems such as asbestos

●     Noisy, disruptive or even dangerous neighbours

●     Applications for planning permissions, whether they’re pending, denied or approved

●     Any altercations on the property – certificates must be included

●     Building insurance details

●     Major problems found in previous surveys such as subsidence

●     Proposals for nearby development/construction

●     Local crime rate

●     Pests or problems such as Japanese knot weed

●     Location of the property to things such as motorways of airports

●     Outstanding debts associated with the property

It is important to note that what you have to declare is subject to change when selling your property. This is because the form will likely be updated and extended numerous times over the years. We recommend speaking with your solicitor when selling your property as they can advise with what you must declare at the time.

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If you are looking to sell your property in the Heaton’s, let Joules Estate Agents help. We are proud to find new homeowners who wish to start a life in Greater Manchester, so get in touch to learn more about our services.

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Buy-to-let is no longer the investment of choice for some people

Searches for buy-to-let mortgages has dropped to merely 17.99 per cent versus 65.94 per cent for standard residential services. This is a significant drop from the recent highs of 24 per cent of all mortgage searches, according to research by Twenty7Tec.

The long-term average for buy-to-let searches currently stands at 19.78 per cent – this is according to figures from the mortgage technology provider.

Thinking about the mortgage market statistics for the week ending 30th May 2020, James Tucker, CEO of Twenty7Tec, said: “There are some broader macroeconomic challenges ahead – including the changing terms of the mortgage holiday and furlough and how these will affect employment rates, and household incomes and finances and the supply and demand in the housing market.

“As we navigate through the coming weeks, we will continue to issue weekly figures to make sure that buyers, intermediaries and lenders are all best placed to make the right decisions.”

Mortgage Lender slashes fees on large buy-to-let loans
At the same time, buy-to-let loans above £500,000 are now offered by The Mortgage Lender with a reduced completion fee of 0.5 per cent, and from 0.75 per cent for loans above £750,000. The reduction is available for individual, limited company and HMO/MUB applications up to 75 per cent loan-to-value (LTV)

The Mortgage Lender sales director Steve Griffiths commented: “Reducing the completion fee on landlord loans over £500,000 provides brokers and their clients with better value in an important area of the market which has seen a reduction in lenders and products during the recent crisis.

“The reintroduction of physical valuations in England last month was the beginning of a return to normal and that trend will accelerate as brokers deal with pent up demand for refinancing options.

“Larger loans can present more complex scenarios so our business development team are on hand – virtually – to help brokers with any cases they want to discuss.”

For the latest developments during and after lockdown, get in touch with Joules Estate Agents today.

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