Selling a Beach Hut

Trying to sell this a beach hut can be a little complicated, but thankfully it’s fairly easy to get a quick and fair offer if you follow some key steps.

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Your top questions when selling a beach hut

✅ Are beach huts in the UK considered to be freehold or leasehold properties?

Beach huts are classified as leasehold properties, because you will not be able to own the beach or seaside land on which the beach hut is located. Instead, local authorities are usually the freehold owners of that land, so you can buy a beach hut as a leasehold property for a set number of years in exchange for paying the freehold a ground rent annually.

✅ Do I have to fix any problems with my beach hut before selling it?

If your beach hut has a structural issue, such as a damaged roof or broken door, this can make buyers think the property is less valuable and they may reduce their offers accordingly. You could repair the problem and resolve this issue, but it’s not required. You can also sell the beach hut as is without any fixes and still get a fair offer if you contact a fast buyer.

✅ Will Capital Gains tax apply to the sale of my beach hut?

Potentially, and if you do have to pay Capital Gains Tax on the sale proceeds it will be charged as a percentage of your profit from the sale. Note that there are certain ways that you can reduce or even remove your requirement to pay this tax. Be sure to consult with a tax professional.

✅ Am I required to get the freeholder's consent before selling my beach hut?

Yes, an important step involved with selling your leasehold beach hut is getting the consent of the freeholder, which is usually a local authority, before attempting to find a buyer for the property. You should try and do this early in the process, because waiting to do this can cause complications later on if the freeholder finds out you tried to sell without their consent.

✅ Does every method of selling my beach hut require that I pay commission?

No, you won’t have to pay any fees for selling your beach hut if you do so on your own or with a fast property buyer. Estate agents will charge you commission based on the sale price, and this fee is deducted immediately from the sale proceeds.

✅ What is the average timeline to expect when selling a beach hut?

It depends on the method of selling that you choose, because using an estate agent or selling on your own may take more than a year. Selling via an auction will take at least several months to complete all of the required steps. Using a fast buyer like LDN Properties is typically the swiftest option, as it should only take a handful of weeks to complete the sale.

✅ How do I know that I can trust a quick buyer when selling my beach hut?

Ask individual quick buyers whether they are registered with The Property Ombudsman (TPO), which is a third party organisation that issues regulations to protect owners against scams in the fast buying industry, and all TPO members must abide by those rules. If a fast buyer can prove they are a TPO member then that should give you peace of mind when selling to them.

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