This page explains the Council’s requirements of purchasers and what purchasers can expect when buying property from the Council. We have also set out some things that we think should be kept in mind when you are thinking about buying a Council property or plot of land.
This information does not relate to auction sales.
The main terms upon which the council is prepared to sell a property or piece of land will be set out in the published sales details which may be obtained from the council’s website or by phoning Economic Development & Property’s Sales Desk 01274 432297
If you are a special purchaser and have been negotiating direct with the Council the main sale terms will be set out in the Council’s offer letter to you.
When deciding to make or accept an offer we recommend that you consider the following:
If, having considered the above you wish to buy a Council property the sales details will tell you how to make an offer.
If you are a special purchaser in direct negotiations with the Council the letter that we send to you detailing the main terms upon which we are prepared to sell a property will tell you what you need to do next.
When selling properties the Council is required to obtain best consideration which is not always the same thing as best price. When considering offers and also the progress of a sale the Council will have regard to a number of factors including its costs of keeping the property until a sale is completed.
The following are examples of typical purchase costs. You may have to pay other costs which are not listed here.
The case officer responsible for managing the sale will advise you if your offer has been accepted and whether there are any terms that the Council is prepared to negotiate on. The case officer is your first point of contact for any matter concerning the sale of a property.
If your offer is accepted the Council will regard the property as being ‘sold subject to contract’. This means that an offer has been accepted and the terms of the sale contract are being agreed. Please note that a property is not sold until contracts are signed and exchanged. The Council may receive other offers to buy a property after an offer has been accepted and is duty bound to consider these until such time as sale contracts have been exchanged.
The case officer will progress the sale of the property diligently and in a timely manner. In return we require purchasers to progress negotiations and exchange of contract also in a timely manner. The Council may require purchasers to agree to meet certain milestones which may be amended by agreement.
If you are having difficulty progressing your purchase you should speak to the case officer as soon as possible as we will withdraw the offer to sell a property if, in our opinion, a purchaser is failing to progress the purchase. If this happens we may offer to sell the property to someone else or remarket it. The Council will deduct its costs from any upfront contribution to costs that you have paid.
If at anytime you are unsure about what you are agreeing to you should seek independent advice from a solicitor or Chartered Surveyor. The case officer will do his/her best to explain things to you but you should remember that the case officer is acting on behalf of the Council as vendor.
If you are concerned about the way that a sale is or was handled by the council you should speak to the case officer in the first instance.
If you are still not happy please ask to speak to the Estate Manager – Operational. The case officer or Sales Desk will let you have contact details or ask the Estate Manager to contact you.