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Buying West London property with full confidence

Every now and again there is some light relief in the world of property journalism and a more leftfield article is published. No doubt West London estate agents and home movers will have seen a recent feature on complaints received by the Property Ombudsman. While we may chortle over the buyer who complained she didn't like the seaside resort she'd willingly moved to, there is a serious message behind the tall tales. Property for sale in West London is governed by a strict code of conduct when it comes to advertising and property descriptions. The Property Misdescriptions Act of 1991 forbade agents from making misleading or dishonest remarks about the state or structure of a property, as well as the location in which it was in. However, the guidelines for West London estates agents and indeed, for property professionals across the country, changed in 2013 to give property buyers greater security and confidence. The Property Misdescriptions Act was repealed and property descriptions fell under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, which are considered more wide-reaching and stringent. There's now an increased focus on what an agent may omit from a set of property particulars, as well as any misrepresentation or inaccuracies. The new regulations come into effect if an agent fails to mention anything that could affect the value of the property or jeopardise the sale. While Winkworth estate agents have always worked accurately and honestly, the new laws are an extra 'safety net' for all buyers who are making important decisions based on the information imparted by an estate agent. For instance, the Property Ombudsman upheld a complaint from a buyer who wasn't told that a property they were interested in was actually in the grounds of a graveyard and that human remains had potentially been found in the property's garden. There is now a greater onus on disclosure; a set of full and accurate details compiled with a clean conscious and plenty of common sense is what's needed. Every office in the Winkworth network is already working within the revised consumer protection regulations, and buyers can book viewings and negotiate with confidence. Our estate agents can impart much of their local area knowledge to their buying clients but we advise a degree of personal research when it comes to area knowledge and property purchases that may result in a lifestyle change. If you would like to know more about the Consumer Protection laws and see some of our property particulars, please contact any one of the Winkworth West London estate agents offices.

Every now and again there is some light relief in the world of property journalism and a more leftfield article is published. No doubt West London estate agents and home movers will have seen a recent feature on complaints received by the Property Ombudsman. While we may chortle over the buyer who complained she didn't like the seaside resort she'd willingly moved to, there is a serious message behind the tall tales.

Property for sale in West London is governed by a strict code of conduct when it comes to advertising and property descriptions. The Property Misdescriptions Act of 1991 forbade agents from making misleading or dishonest remarks about the state or structure of a property, as well as the location in which it was in.

However, the guidelines for West London estates agents and indeed, for property professionals across the country, changed in 2013 to give property buyers greater security and confidence. The Property Misdescriptions Act was repealed and property descriptions fell under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, which are considered more wide-reaching and stringent.

There's now an increased focus on what an agent may omit from a set of property particulars, as well as any misrepresentation or inaccuracies. The new regulations come into effect if an agent fails to mention anything that could affect the value of the property or jeopardise the sale. While Winkworth estate agents have always worked accurately and honestly, the new laws are an extra 'safety net' for all buyers who are making important decisions based on the information imparted by an estate agent.

For instance, the Property Ombudsman upheld a complaint from a buyer who wasn't told that a property they were interested in was actually in the grounds of a graveyard and that human remains had potentially been found in the property's garden. There is now a greater onus on disclosure; a set of full and accurate details compiled with a clean conscious and plenty of common sense is what's needed.

Every office in the Winkworth network is already working within the revised consumer protection regulations, and buyers can book viewings and negotiate with confidence. Our estate agents can impart much of their local area knowledge to their buying clients but we advise a degree of personal research when it comes to area knowledge and property purchases that may result in a lifestyle change.

If you would like to know more about the Consumer Protection laws and see some of our property particulars, please contact any one of the Winkworth West London estate agents offices.

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