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It is a property I am considering buying. I'm not sure how that affects the principle of the question.
I have not accessed the deeds. The info re the sale is via the Land Registry website which records sales (price, type, date) by street. Seller appears aware and considers it odd, nothing more, have not mentioned to agent yet. I am seeking legal opinion prior to any discussion.
Physically the property lies in a grey zone. The houses are attached by utility rooms which Land Registry may or may not classify as non-habitable spaces. Adjoining habitable spaces makes a semi. But my main question is if Land Registry files the previous sale as a semi, can the property subsequently be marketed as a detached. Is it the agents responsibility to match the description with Land Registry?
I am attempting to achieve accurate description and pricing. Should the agent be aware of any discrepancy or is it irrelevant? If I bring to the attention of the agent that the property was last sold as a semi, should it be marketed as a semi, alternatively is it up to them to show (by challenging and "correcting" the LR classification) incorrect classification. What happens when you pick up a red delicious apple and are charged for a golden delicious apple.
Thankyou. One path appears to be to buy the property in the belief it is as described, namely a detached. If LR classifies as detached all well and good. If as a semi, then LR is challenged to correct mistake, if not a mistake I would have thought Agent has misrepresented, whether by intention or not.
In a friends property he bought an advertised 3 bed semi (3rd a loft conversion) to subsequently find the loft conversion (used as a bedroom) did not meet classification as a bedroom and the property was really a 2 bed +. Had a lower market value. I believe agent was found in breach of Act. Buyer beware.