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    • Lost123
    • By Lost123 11th Sep 17, 9:59 AM
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    Flat under offer - found hole in the roof...
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    Flat under offer - found hole in the roof... 11th Sep 17 at 9:59 AM
    We're selling our top floor flat which is currently under offer and have just found a hole in the roof. I'm I obliged to tell the buyer?

    The flat comes with a share of the freehold so we would be liable (along with the other freeholders) for any repairs if we were staying.

    I've patched the hole to stop the rain coming in and causing too much damp.

    Also, what would be a guess at average cost for repairing a 3 story mid terrace roof?

    Thanks
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    • Grampus8
    • By Grampus8 11th Sep 17, 10:00 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 10:00 AM
    We're selling our top floor flat which is currently under offer and have just found a hole in the roof. I'm I obliged to tell the buyer?

    The flat comes with a share of the freehold so we would be liable (along with the other freeholders) for any repairs if we were staying.

    I've patched the hole to stop the rain coming in and causing too much damp.

    Also, what would be a guess at average cost for repairing a 3 story mid terrace roof?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Lost123


    Legally and more importantly, morally; yes.
    • Mutton Geoff
    • By Mutton Geoff 11th Sep 17, 10:16 AM
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    Has the survey been carried out yet? I wouldn't tell them but get it repaired swiftly before the surveyor comes round. If it's broke and then fixed, no need to declare it, you may only spook your buyer.


    Also, if repairs are booked but not yet done and the place is surveyed, you may end up having to provide proof of repairs, there may be issues with their mortgage lender etc. Best to sort it out quick.


    Cost depends on exactly whats wrong. Call a couple of roofers but be wary of check a trade etc, my experience is those places are full of sharks who can't get work any other way.
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    • G_M
    • By G_M 11th Sep 17, 10:33 AM
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    If you arrange repair before Exchange there's no problem.

    If not, you should tell the buyer.

    Is repair the responsibility of the freeholder? Have you written to the freeholder? Has the freeholder replied?

    When you say 'hole' what do you mean? One tile has slipped and needs replacing? £30 if you can pursuade a guy with a ladder to go up (most building or roofing firms may want scafolding for a 3 storey building which will add £500+)
    • webcrest043
    • By webcrest043 15th Nov 17, 9:42 AM
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    Roof repairs are available in many types and sizes, the cost of raw materials can be high when working with lead, for example, so every industrial roofing deck calculates its labor cost and material costs at a retail price to the customer. What you can reasonably expect to pay a skilled roofing deck for its services, depending on the location and the overhead costs.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Nov 17, 9:50 AM
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    Get it fixed soonest because it'll mean it's not a problem for your buyer (they won't pull out) and you can leave with a clear conscience.

    On the issue of paying though, just because you have a share of the freehold, don't assume everybody has to pay. You need to just double check the individual leases to see who has the roof repair as their liability - it might, also, be in differing percentages, so not an even split of costs.

    It might be entirely you that has to pay, it might be half you and the rest split between the other flats. Every lease is different.
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 15th Nov 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 15th Nov 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 15th Nov 17, 10:34 AM
    We're selling our top floor flat which is currently under offer and have just found a hole in the roof. I'm I obliged to tell the buyer?
    Originally posted by Lost123
    You should be obliged to get it fixed on teh grounds it will get worse if you dont ! Whether thats your liability or shared between all owners,you'll have to determine, but i'd be on the phone to roofers right now !
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