Non Kinsey

Property Q & A

Non Kinsey, Residential Property Solicitor at Harding Evans Solicitors in Newport answers your property questions.


Q I am buying a house and have been advised by my solicitor to obtain buildings insurance before I can exchange contracts. Why do I have to do this?

A The legal liability falls on the buyer from exchange of contracts. Therefore should anything happen to the building after you have exchanged it will be your loss as opposed to the seller’s. You will be bound by the terms of the contract regardless of whether or not the building is still standing.

Q I am the Executor of a late relative’s estate. The property he owned is unregistered. Do I have to register it at the Land Registry before I can sell it?

A No, you are not obliged to register the property, as the legal duty to register the property falls on the buyer. Their purchase will trigger the compulsory first registration of the property. You should ensure that you provide the deeds to the property to your solicitor to enable them to deduce the title to the property and draft the contract.

I am selling my house and have not had the boiler nor the electrics serviced for a couple of years. The buyer is asking me to arrange a service, do I have to?

A It is not a legal requirement to arrange for the electrical circuit nor the gas boiler to be serviced. If you have already agreed the sale you could suggest that the buyer arranges it if they require it. However if you have not already agreed a sale it might be helpful to have them serviced so as to avoid any unwanted delays when you do agree a sale.


Harding Evans has a wealth of experience in both commercial and residential property and we are supported by the latest case management systems and established processes to ensure that your move proceeds smoothly.

If you have any questions regarding buying or selling a property or you’re looking for a conveyancing quote – please get in touch with one of our specialist solicitors today on 01633 235140.

Harding Evans are a multi-disciplinary law firm with an expert residential property team who specialise in buying, selling and re-mortgages with fixed-fee rates and no hidden costs.


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*While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided above, it does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon as such. Please seek legal advice for your individual case.