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Do I declare asbestos to sell a house?

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Yes, if you are aware of the presence of asbestos in your home, you must disclose it when selling. According to The Property Misdescriptions Act 2013, withholding this information is an offence that could invalidate the sale and lead to prosecution.

A buyer’s survey can uncover asbestos that you were previously unaware of, so it is recommended that you have your survey completed to avoid any surprises.

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How do you know where asbestos could be in your property?

Any home that was built before 2000 may have asbestos material in it. We have compiled a list below that provides details on the most common places where asbestos can be found:

Kitchen

  1. Around Boiler
  2. Behind Fuse Box Bathroom
  3. Bath Panels
  4. Toilet Seat
  5. Cistern
  6. Airing Cupboard

Floor

  • Vinyl Floor Tiles
  • Tile Adhesive

Ceiling and Walls

  • Textured Coating (Artex)
  • Partition Walls
  • Ceiling Tiles

Lofts and External

  1. Water Tanks
  2. Insulation
  3. Pipe Lagging Soffits
  4. Window Panels
  5. Drainpipes

Garden

  • Cement Roofs
  • Cement Garages
  • Garage Ceilings
  • Roofing Felt
Do I declare asbestos to sell a house
No law prohibits the sale of a home containing asbestos. Additionally, there is no legal requirement to conduct an asbestos survey when selling a house.

Can you sell a home which contains asbestos?

No law prohibits the sale of a home containing asbestos. Additionally, there is no legal requirement to conduct an asbestos survey when selling a house. However, if you are aware of the presence of asbestos, you must disclose this information.

Failing to do so is considered an offence under The Property Misdescriptions Act 2013, which may invalidate the sale and lead to prosecution.

Should you buy a house which contains asbestos?

Asbestos poses a danger only when it is damaged or disturbed. Therefore, there may not be a need to remove it, and it can be kept in place for a long period.

There are still thousands of homes in the UK that contain asbestos. Therefore, if you are buying an older house, there is a risk that it may have asbestos. However, this should not discourage you because you can negotiate the purchase price to account for the cost of asbestos removal.

Is it worth buying a house with asbestos?

Yes, you shouldn’t let asbestos discourage you. As we’ve mentioned before, there is a noticeable cost to removing the asbestos itself. However, when it comes to purchasing a property, this cost is often insignificant.

If you have identified that the property has asbestos, you might be able to use this information as a tool to negotiate the purchase price. This way, you can offset the cost of removal.

Do I declare asbestos to sell a house
If you have identified that the property has asbestos, you might be able to use this information as a tool to negotiate the purchase price.

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