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5 Buying and Selling Property

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1. Introduction

2. Dealing with estate agents

3. Offers, exchange of contract and completion

4. What the price should include

5. Problems with solicitors and conveyancers

6. Problems with the survey

7. Buying a newly built home

If you are buying a house that is less than ten years old, it may be covered by a National House Building Council Buildmark scheme, or some other warranty. The warranty will transfer to a new owner, but will only cover defects that appear after the house has been sold. Defects that were (or could have been) spotted before the purchase won't be covered unless the person who owned the property before has already claimed. If your surveyor notices a problem that might be covered by the scheme, the seller (not you) must make a claim under the warranty to get it fixed. Contact the National House Building Council for more information (See 'Further Help' for details).


8. Leasehold, freehold and commonhold properties

9. Mortgage and money problems

10. Neighbour disputes and anti-social behaviour

11. Further Help

12. About this leaflet

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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