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What To Disclose When Selling a House?

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When selling a property, it is important to legally disclose all known information, both positive and negative, to potential buyers. While it may be tempting to only share positive details, withholding information is not allowed and can lead to legal and financial consequences.

Your estate agent will help communicate any issues to buyers, ensuring a transparent process. This disclosure is formalised through the conveyancing process to fulfil your obligations as a seller and protect the buyer’s rights.

This article provides further detail on what needs to be disclosed, including important issues.

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What Do House Sellers Have to Disclose? 

You need to be honest and disclose all known information about the property, both positive and negative. Secrecy and deceit are not permitted and may lead to prosecution.

The Property Information Form (TA6) is where you disclose information about the property.

The Property Information Form (TA6) 

Selling a house involves filling out various forms, with the Property Information Form (TA6) being one of the most important.

This form requires sellers to provide details about the:

  • Property Including Boundaries
  • Shared Areas
  • Changes Made
  • Guarantees
  • Disputes
  • Occupiers
  • Environmental Matters
  • Insurance
  • Structural Issues
  • Nearby Development
  • Burglaries
  • Council Tax
  • Utility Connections

Sellers need to be honest and disclose all relevant information to avoid problems. Lying or concealing information can lead to legal actions.

Buyers appreciate transparency and may negotiate the price or ask for repairs if issues are discovered. The Law Society provides helpful notes to assist sellers in understanding the form.

What To Disclose When Selling A House
While it may be tempting to only share positive details, withholding information is not allowed and can lead to legal and financial consequences.

What Are the Most Important Issues to Disclose? 

It is best to disclose all relevant information when selling your house, even if it may impact the selling process. Issues that must be disclosed include:

  1. history of flooding
  2. structural issues
  3. nearby development plans
  4. if the property is under a flight path or is close to a busy road such as a motorway
  5. pest issues such as rat infestation.
  6. Japanese Knotweed
  7. previously failed sales
  8. neighbours with ASBOS or disputes with bad neighbours
  9. burglaries in the area
  10. High crime rates
  11. Any violent deaths at the property.

What If I Just Want to Sell Without the Hassle?

Disclosing these issues would put off any buyer.  If you have a problematic property and need a quick sale, we can help.

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