As conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth, Andrew & Andrew can assist you with any property purchase that you wish to make. This includes listed buildings. We have experience dealing with this type of transaction and can advise accordingly.

Why buy a listed building?

There are lots of reasons why someone might choose to buy a listed building. They may wish to live in a unique or historically interesting space. There are certain criteria that are examined when a building is listed and, when it qualifies under these categories, this also usually means that it is an interesting place to live. These are:

  • Age and rarity
  • Aesthetic merits
  • Selectivity
  • National interest.

How can we help?

Some listed buildings require a more complex process during purchase. Andrew & Andrew can help you to understand the implications of owning any listed property you want to purchase when we are acting as your conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth. This might include obligations for upkeep of the building, a commitment to sensitive restorations or renovations and various other criteria.

Otherwise, purchasing a listed building can be simpler that you think. We take you through the normal conveyancing process. This includes land and property searches, liaising with the seller’s solicitor and exchanging contracts and monies.

With this type of property, it is strongly advised that you get a comprehensive survey carried out to ensure that the building is sound. If there is any work required after the survey, you may be able to renegotiate the purchase price based on the anticipated cost of repairs. You engage the surveyor and receive the report but we can help you with any negotiations when we are acting as your conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth.

Making alterations in the future

A local authority must give consent before you can make alterations to a listed building. Doing so without permission can lead to criminal prosecution. Also, any works carried out without the right authorisation may need to be fully reversed at your expense. We can demystify the legal confines surrounding listed buildings when we act as your conveyancing solicitors in Portsmouth. This might include examining any plans that you might have for future works at the property and advising you accordingly.