sThis is the enquiry into all information regarding a property held by the local authority of by the Land Registry.



sThis is a charge paid by the owner to cover the cost of communal services such as building repairs, cleaning and in some blocks, a concierge service.



sIn this situation, the freehold on which a property is located is shared amongst the property owners in the building.



sThis is where one agent is given sole responsibility to sell a property.



sA tax paid by the buyer to the Government. The current tax brackets (as of July 2014) are as follows: Properties up to £125,000 – 0%; £125,001 to £250,000 – 1%; £250,001 to £500,000 – 3%; £500,001 to £1 million – 4%; over £1 million to £2 million – 5%; over £2 million – 7%.

This scale differs for corporate bodies.

Stamp Duty is charged at 15% on residential properties bought by companies and collective investment schemes. There are some exceptions to this, those of which can be found at



sA structural survey is a detailed report of the property, commenting on the general structural condition.



sThis is a property made up of one main room which compasses a living area, cooking facilities and a sleeping area. A studio flat will still have a separate bathroom/shower room.



sThis term refers to an agreement that is yet to be considered legally binding as it still requires terms within a contract to be agreed upon.



 sA surveyor is qualified to set an estimate on the value and condition of a property



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