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Sales and conveyancing: contractual disputes

Posted: 26 November 2020
There is a chance that with the rush to complete, some sellers could be tempted to hide important information about their home in an attempt to avoid any delays in a sale going through.

When purchasing a new home, the buyer will ask questions to the seller to find out information about the property. This may include questions about:

  • Neighbour disputes
  • Planning consents for any changes to the building
  • Notice of any planning applications received in respect of nearby land
  • Boundaries
  • Maintenance of appliances such as boilers
  • Guarantees on replacement fixtures such as windows

If a seller denies or lies about the extent of any problems with the property when asked as part of the conveyancing process, this could result in a claim against them by the purchaser for misrepresentation.4

If a customer has legal expenses cover attached to their insurance policy, they may be able to take legal action against the seller of a property or indeed defend legal action taken against them as a seller. This would be under contract disputes cover which is usually available under a typical household legal expenses policy. It is important that the terms and conditions of the policy wording are understood in  respect of the cover provided.
Richard Simpkins

Claims Controller

Allianz Legal Protection