Selling a House with a Bad Roof

With many types of roof construction in the UK, you may be looking to sell a house with a bad roof.

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Top questions when selling property with a bad roof

✅ What qualifies as being a bad roof at a residential property?

Typically, a bad roof at a residential property refers to one that has holes or other damage which leads to rain leaking inside the home. This water can cause substantial problems throughout your property, including mould, reducing structural integrity, and destroying furniture. But properties that have flat roofs – even if they are intact – are sometimes said to have bad roofs.

✅ Am I required to replace or repair my home's bad roof before selling?

No, there are no laws or regulations that mandate you must repair a bad roof before trying to sell it. Whether or not to replace or repair your roof will depend entirely on your unique situation, including your financial ability to pay for such work, as well as the time and effort you’re willing to invest in it, because it could take a long time to complete depending on the problem.

✅ Are there any downsides to selling my home without fixing a bad roof?

Yes, unfortunately some buyers will outright not be interested in your home with a bad roof, perhaps because they lack the funds or interest in repairing the roof once they own the property. It’s possible that mortgage lenders might be wary of issuing a loan for buying a house or flat with a flat roof, because some people also look at these as qualifying as being bad roofs.

✅ Do I have to disclose my property's bad roof to potential buyers?

Yes. If someone expresses an interest in buying your property, you are required by law to disclose as much information about the home as possible, including if your roof is damaged and in need of repair. Hiding this fact from a buyer can create significant financial and legal problems once the sale is completed, because they could sue you for not disclosing it.

✅ What is the speediest way to sell my property if it has a bad roof?

If you’ve decided to sell your home as is without fixing its bad roof, your fastest option for selling may be to contact a fast buyer like LDN Properties who can complete the entire process in just a few weeks – and that includes exchanging contracts and paying you the proceeds. Selling through an auctioneer or estate agent could take at least a few months or longer.

✅ Will I be required to pay commission when selling my home with a bad roof?

Possibly, depending on which choice you make for selling your property. If you decide to use an auctioneer or an estate agent, they will make you pay commission and this will be subtracted from the final sale proceeds. However, if you sell to a quick buyer then they should not charge you any fees, which means you are ensured of receiving the full property sale profit.

✅ How can I be assured that using a fast home buyer is safe for my property?

An independent entity known as The Property Ombudsman (TPO) writes rules to protect homeowners against fraud in the quick buying sector, and all TPO members must always comply with those policies. Ask specific fast home buyers whether they are TPO members, and if they can prove that they are, this should give you peace of mind when selling your property.

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