This is a classic example of a property that is clearly not fit for habitation. In addition to its poor decorative state, it has serious issues with vermin, outdated and potentially dangerous electrical and gas heating systems, and rising damp. Despite this, the buyer, a foreign national for buy-to-let purposes, paid £7500 in stamp duty.
It’s important to note that according to the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018, a property may still be considered habitable even if it is in need of cosmetic improvements. However, in this case, the property required a significant investment of £30,000 for renovations to meet modern standards.
It is surprising that the conveyancing lawyer handling the transaction declared the property as ‘residential’ in the stamp duty return, as it clearly violates numerous provisions of the 2018 Home Habitability Act.