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5 Buying and Selling Property
4. What the price should include
The items normally included with a property when it is sold are often called 'fixtures and fittings'. There can be arguments over whether things like light fittings or built-in furniture should be:
If you are selling, your solicitor will normally get you to make a detailed list of what is included. This list will form part of the contract. If you are a buyer, check what is included and assume that anything not listed is not included.
If the seller takes away items that were included in the price, the buyer can ask for them back or ask for compensation.
Property boundary problems
Make sure your solicitor or conveyancer shows you the official Land Registry plan so that you, and your surveyor if you have one, can compare this with the boundaries as they actually appear and as they are shown on the plan. Remember, your solicitor or conveyancer does not visit the property personally.
Buying with someone else
If your relationship with your co-owner breaks down and you cannot agree who should live in the property in the short term or whether it should be sold, this may have to be decided by a court. If you are in this situation, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
For more about this, see the CLS Direct leaflet 'Living Together'.
This leaflet was written by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Shelter.
Leaflet Version: April 2019
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