Selling House With A TPO

Tree protection orders can create complications when trying to sell your home, although you will still have some options to get a fair and speedy offer from a buyer.

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Your top questions when selling a property with a TPO

✅ What does it mean to have a tree protection order at my property?

Under a UK law named the Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012, local authorities have the right to issue tree protection orders, which require their consent before a homeowner can cut or destroy a tree that is subject to one of these orders. This requirement for consent is mandatory, and the orders are legally binding.

✅ Are there any punishments for violating a tree protection order at my home?

Yes, if a freehold or leasehold homeowner decided to destroy or cut a tree protected under a local authority’s tree protection order and they did not first get the council’s approval, then they could be subject to criminal prosecution. Anyone found guilty of the offense of violating a tree protection order could be subject to a fine of up to £20,000 or even higher in some cases.

✅ Why is it sometimes harder to sell a house that has a tree protection order?

There are several reasons why a prospective buyer could be wary about making an offer on a freehold or leasehold house that has a tree protection order. They could worry that the order will make it possible to do anything with their garden, or that the order may prevent planning permission for changes to the home, or being subject to fines for violating the order.

✅ Are there any exceptions to a tree protection order at a property?

Yes, there are a handful of waivers from having to comply with the requirement of first obtaining a local authority’s permission to cut or destroy a tree covered by a tree protection order. These situations include when the tree is already dead, if removing the tree is necessary to meet some other legal mandate, when removing the tree is vital to prevent harming anyone, and more.

✅ Will I need to pay any commission on the sale of my home with a tree protection order?

Only if you sell your property using the services of either an auctioneer or an estate agent, because if they’re able to find a buyer for your home then they will charge commission on the eventual sale proceeds. But if you opt for selling your property without any third party help, or you sell it to a no-commission quick buyer like LDN Properties, you won’t pay any fees.

✅ What is the fastest approach to sell a house with a tree protection order?

Often the swiftest method for selling a leasehold or freehold house with a tree protection order is by contacting a quick home buyer like LDN Properties, because the entire process should only take a handful of weeks. The other typical methods of selling without any help, selling at an auction or selling with an estate agent can all take many months to complete.

✅ Can I trust a quick buyer when selling my property with a tree protection order?

Yes, but check with individual companies to ask if they are members of The Property Ombudsman, an independent organisation that writes rules to guard homeowners against fraud in the quick buying industry. All members of the organisation, like LDN Properties, must comply with those regulations, offering you peace of mind when selling to a quick buyer.

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