Before the property was acquired, it had suffered from vandalism. The bathroom on the second floor had its floor tiles shattered by a heavy object, and the bathroom panel was forcibly removed, making the facilities unusable. In the downstairs bathroom, there was water damage from a poorly sealed plumbing connection that caused greywater to leak and created dampness.
In addition, the staircase balustrade was damaged with two missing spindles, presenting a risk of falling from height. There were also other problems with the exterior of the property, such as the back and front gardens being in poor condition, and the need to replace the carpets inside the property.
It is reasonable for the buyer’s conveyancing solicitor to categorize the property as ‘residential’ based on its appearance. However, upon thorough investigation by our team, we discovered sufficient grounds to change the classification from ‘residential’ to ‘non-residential’ for stamp duty calculation.