It’s bet­ter to be safe than sorry

Spencer Fortag, of Dock­side Prop­erty Ser­vices, gives a home­buyer’s check­list

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

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.

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