When selling a house in the UK, there are certain legal obligations that sellers must adhere to during the conveyancing process. These requirements aim to ensure transparency and protect buyers from any hidden defects or issues with the property.
What Do You Legally Have to Disclose When Selling a House?
Below, our conveyancing team outlines some of the key disclosures that sellers must make during the property selling process:
- Property Information Form (TA6 Form): The TA6 Form is a crucial document that sellers must complete. It covers various aspects of the property, including boundaries, disputes, alterations, guarantees, and environmental issues. Sellers must provide accurate and detailed information about the property’s condition and any known problems.
- Fittings and Contents Form (TA10 Form): This form requires sellers to list all the fixtures and fittings included in the sale. It clarifies what items are part of the property and what items will be removed before completion.
- Title Deeds and Ownership Documentation: Sellers must provide all relevant title deeds, including evidence of ownership and rights over the property. For example, this includes documents like the Land Registry Title, Lease (if applicable), and any other supporting paperwork related to the property’s history.
- Guarantees and Warranties: Sellers must disclose any existing guarantees and warranties that transfer to the new owner, such as warranties for structural work or electrical installations. This helps buyers understand the extent of protection they will have after purchasing the property.
- Building and Planning Permissions: If the property has undergone significant alterations or renovations, sellers are required to disclose whether the necessary planning permissions and building regulations approvals were obtained. This ensures that buyers are aware of any potential compliance issues.
- Environmental and Flood Risk: Sellers must disclose any information related to the property’s flood risk, environmental contamination, or any ongoing disputes with neighbouring properties that could affect the buyer’s decision.
- Information about Disputes or Complaints: If there have been any disputes or complaints related to the property or its neighbourhood, sellers must inform potential buyers. This information includes disputes with neighbours, planning disputes, or any other legal issues.
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC): It is compulsory to provide an EPC to potential buyers, which rates the property’s energy efficiency and provides recommendations for improvement.
- Utilities and Service Providers: Sellers should provide details of utility providers (gas, water, electricity, etc.) and any ongoing contracts associated with the property.
- Leasehold Information (If Applicable): For leasehold properties, sellers must disclose relevant information, including lease terms, ground rent, service charges, and any ongoing legal or financial disputes.
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Residential Conveyancing Solicitors in Kingston
At Rose & Rose, our team of experienced residential conveyancing solicitors understands the intricacies of the residential and commercial property market. We have extensive knowledge of the legal requirements and processes involved in buying and selling properties in Kingston, London and across the UK, ensuring a smooth and efficient transaction for our clients.
Our solicitors are well-versed in preparing and reviewing all necessary disclosure documents, such as the TA6 Form and TA10 Form, with great attention to detail. We recognise the importance of accurate and comprehensive disclosures in building trust between buyers and sellers.
With a deep understanding of property law, we guide our clients through every step of the selling process, ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations. Our expertise extends to handling title deeds, investigating property histories, and verifying planning permissions to safeguard our clients’ interests.
Furthermore, our dedicated conveyancing solicitors excel in explaining complex legal jargon to clients in a clear and accessible manner, empowering them to make informed decisions about their property transactions. We are committed to providing reliable, cost-effective, professional services, prioritising our clients’ needs.
Whether selling a residential property or purchasing your dream home, you can trust our highly skilled property teams to deliver exceptional results. For specialist property advice from experienced, regulated conveyancing solicitors, contact a member of our team below to discuss the best way forward for you.
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