Selling a House Near Power Lines

With houses across many areas of the UK, you may be looking to sell a house near power lines.

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Frequently asked questions when selling a property near power lines

✅ Does the UK government limit distance between power lines and homes?

Currently UK policy is that new houses or flats should be located at least 50 meters, or about 164 feet, from power lines in order to guarantee against any potential health problems. But this is not a strict mandate and some properties might in the past or future be built a shorter distance. Many homes in the UK do have at least the 50 meter distance, if not more.

✅ What are the health concerns about living close to power lines?

This is a complicated area of debate, with some experts suggesting that a close proximity to power lines can increase the risk of developing cancer as a result of exposure to the electromagnetic frequencies that the power lines emit. Other experts suggest this risk is overstated, and efforts to research the issue continue in the UK and overseas.

✅ What are the main disadvantages of owning a home near power lines?

Some buyers will consider power lines to be eyesores and that can be enough for them to lose interest in your home, even if they like the interior. Other buyers might be willing to purchase your property but they could get rejected for a mortgage.

✅ Will I have to pay commission when selling my property near power lines?

No, it depends on which method of selling you’d like to use. If you rely on an auctioneer or an estate agent then you will have to pay they commission for the work that they do in selling your home. But if you use a fast home buyer like LDN Properties then you will not have to pay any fees and you’ll receive the full sale proceeds.

✅ How quickly will I be able to sell my house or flat near power lines?

It will hinge on your choice for how to sell your home, with a fast property buyer often being your best option as they should be able to complete the purchase of your house or flat within a few weeks. An auctioneer can take at least a few months when you consider all steps of that process. If you sell via an estate agent it might take more than a year before you get an offer.

✅ How do I know that I can trust a fast buyer when selling my property?

The trustworthy quick home buying companies are often registered with an organisation known as The Property Ombudsman (TPO), which issues rules to protect owners against fraud in fast buying sector. All members of TPO must follow those rules, giving you extra assurance. Be wary of any company that cannot prove it is a member of TPO, as it may be a scam.

✅ If I sell my home near power lines at an auction can I avoid paying fees?

It’s possible, because some auction companies have a policy that allows the seller of a property to pass on the duty to pay certain costs to the winning high bidder. If you are thinking about selling your house or flat near power lines by using a property auction, you should call specific auctioneers and ask whether it might be possible for you to avoid some fees.

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