Selling House With Lapsed Planning

If you had planning permission at a property but it has lapsed, there are some potential complications that you might encounter when trying to sell your home.

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Your top questions when selling a house with lapsed planning

✅ How do I know if I have lapsed planning permission at my house or flat?

If you’re the owner of a leasehold or freehold house, flat or any other type of residential property, you might have applied and received planning permission from your local authority for construction work you intended to do at your home. But planning permission usually expires within three years, so if you haven’t done the work before then, it will be deemed to be lapsed.

✅ What are some explanations for a home to have lapsed planning permission?

There are several justifications for why a homeowner might have sought and obtained planning permission from a local authority but then never started the relevant construction project, and it has since become lapsed. The owner might have experienced some financial difficulty and could no longer afford the work, or they may simply have changed their mind about doing it.

✅ Should I reapply for planning permission before trying to sell my property?

If you previously had planning permission approved at your home but it has since lapsed, you could consider reapplying for it before trying to find a buyer for the property. The benefit of doing so is that buyers will likely look even more favourably on your house or flat, but there are downsides including the process possibly taking a long time and being quite expensive.

✅ What do potential buyers think of homes that have lapsed planning permission?

Some buyers will look more favourably on your property because it once had planning permission, because they will take this as a sign that it should be relatively easy to secure such an approval in the future as the next owner. But other buyers may be wary of their ability to get planning permission again, particularly if the local authority has revised its approval rules.

✅ How can I avoid paying fees when selling a property with lapsed planning permission?

If you choose to sell your home through an auction or using the services of an estate agent then you will not be able to avoid being charged commission, and this fee will be deducted right away from the eventual property sale proceeds. By contrast, you won’t pay commission if you sell without any third party help or if you sell your home to a zero-fee quick home buyer.

✅ What is the fastest way to find a buyer for a home with lapsed planning permission?

Contacting LDN Properties or another legitimate no-fee quick buying quick buyer will usually be the speediest method for selling any type of home, as it should only take a few short weeks. The other typical options for finding a buyer – using an estate agent, an auction or selling without any assistance – may all take several months or even more than a year in some situations.

✅ How can I trust a quick buyer when selling a property with lapsed planning permission?

You can ask quick home buyers whether they belong to an independent organisation called The Property Ombudsman (TPO), which publishes rules to protect owners from fraud in the fast buying industry. Genuine TPO members, like LDN Properties, must follow these regulations, which should give you additional peace of mind when selling your house or flat to them.

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