Selling Flat Without Landlord’s Certificate

Landlord’s certificates are a relatively new requirement addressing the costs of remediating defects at flats, and the lack of this document may make it harder to sell your home.

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Your top questions when selling a flat without landlord’s certificate

✅ How do I know whether a landlord's certificate applies to my flat?

If you are the owner of a leasehold flat that is within a building at least 11 meters or five storeys tall, you might qualify to ask your landlord to provide a certificate that will help to clarify whether you might potentially have some liability to pay through your service charges for work that is done on the property to repair a defect, such as replacing cladding.

✅ What information does a landlord have to provide in the certificate?

The landlord’s certificate provides several questions about the defect that exists at the property where your flat is located, as well as seeking information on financial questions and liability issues regarding the work done to remediate whatever the issue might be. And by law the landlord is required to provide you with this document if you qualify for seeking it.

✅ Why might a landlord's certificate complicate the sale of my flat?

Because your landlord could take a very long time to answer the questions and collect the information necessary for the document, and if you are determined to sell with the certificate then this will significantly extend your selling timeline. Also, if your landlord makes errors with the document then you may need to challenge and resolve these before selling.

✅ Am I allowed to sell my flat if I'm not able to get a landlord's certificate?

Yes, whilst the landlord has a legal obligation to provide you with the certificate if you qualify to ask for one, you do not face any restrictions on being able to seek a buyer for your flat with or without this document. Indeed, if a landlord fails to give you the certificate then the presumption becomes that they are entirely responsible for the costs associated with any repair work.

✅ What are my options to find a buyer for a flat that lacks a landlord's certificate?

You usually have four methods to choose from for selling your property, and they are selling at an auction, selling to LDN Properties or another quick home buyer, selling without any third-party assistance or selling with an estate agent. You should read this guide to learn about the specifics of each approach because they all their own unique pros and cons.

✅ How much will I pay in commission to sell my flat without a landlord's certificate?

If you decide to sell your flat to a genuine no-commission quick buyer, such as LDN Properties, then you will not be required to pay any fees and you can count on receiving the full sale proceeds, or you could sell without any help and also avoid commission that way. Selling via an estate agent or an auctioneer will require that you pay them fees if they sell your flat.

✅ What's the quickest method for selling a flat that lacks a landlord's certificate?

The speediest approach for selling your home will often be contacting LDN Properties or another quick buyer because they should be able to complete the entire process in just a handful of weeks. By contrast, the other methods of selling without any help, selling with an estate agent or selling at a property auction could all take at least several months.

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