Selling House in a Conservation Area

If your property is located within a conservation area then you could find this makes it more appealing to potential buyers, but you may also face some hurdles when selling.

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Your top questions when selling property in a conservation area

✅ What does it mean to own a property within a conservation area?

There are believed to be about 10,000 conservation areas in the UK where local authorities attempt to preserve the appearance of a location because of its natural beauty, architectural interest, or historic importance. Councils write management plans that aim to preserve the look of such areas and these can place limits on what homeowners can do with their properties.

✅ How are conservation areas in the UK defined?

The broad legal definition of a conservation area can be found in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, a law that says such locations have “he character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. But local authorities make the final decisions on the locations they want to designate as conservation areas and the reasons why.

✅ How can I learn whether or not my property is within a conservation area?

There is no single national database that lists each and every conservation area, where you could type in an address and see if the home is within such a location. Instead, the simplest solution will be to contact your local authority and ask whether your property is in a conservation area. A potential buyer’s conveyancer will also likely be able to find this information out.

✅ Why do some buyers try to find homes that are in conservation areas?

Because conservation areas aim to protect locations with great scenic, architectural or historic value, this can make homes situated in these areas very visually appealing. This can make many buyers consider a property in a conservation area to be more valuable, and some people might also think that owning a house or flat in such an area to be a good status symbol.

✅ Are there reasons why someone may not want a property in a conservation area?

One of the biggest reasons why a potential buyer might lose interest in your property once they discover that it is within a conservation area is that they could view the council’s management plan for the area as being too restrictive. Another explanation could be that these homes tend to be higher value than other properties so they might exceed some buyers’ available budgets.

✅ What's the best way to not pay fees when selling a home in a conservation area?

Sell your property without any help from a commission-charging third party like an estate agent or auctioneer, or sell the home to a zero-fee quick buyer such as LDN Properties. Remember that if you do decide to use an auctioneer or an estate agent that they will charge you commission and this will be deducted from the sale proceeds, adding to your costs.

✅ What is the typical timeline for selling a property that is in a conservation area?

Your fastest choice will typically be contacting a quick home buyer like LDN Properties because the overall schedule should only be a few short weeks, and this covers the time taken to exchange contracts and pay you the proceeds. The alternative methods of selling on your own, selling at an auction or selling via an estate agent could all take at least several months.

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