It’s better to be safe than sorry
Spencer Fortag, of Dockside Property Services, gives a homebuyer’s checklist
There are two types of property ownership and you should check which applies. Leasehold means you own the land on which the property is located for a defined period, extending this can incur a substantial fee. Freehold is more straightforward, although details should be checked by a solicitor.
Never assume you have access rights, be sure to check this before you buy. Relying on a neighbour’s goodwill for access can be risky business.
Legal boundaries may not be listed on the title deed. While physical boundaries appear more obvious it is always worth consulting with your estate agent to ensure there is no confusion.
Listed buildings restrictions can be complex. Check what the listing covers.
Because an extension or loft conversion looks the part, doesn’t mean it has planning consent. Check that additions have planning permission, or you may have to pay to revert the property back.