Imagine you sold a house six months ago. Now imagine you received a legal letter this morning about possible defects with the property. The buyer is claiming thousands to cover repair costs. What do you do?
If you didn’t inform the buyer about the defects before contracts were exchanged, you might be liable for their costs. Indemnity insurance covers you against this type of scenario.
Indemnity insurance usually involves a single payment. And cover lasts forever. This type of insurance is also a viable alternative to fixing a major defect with your property before it’s sold.
What does indemnity insurance cover me for?
Indemnity insurance covers you against a range of potential issues, including:
A restrictive covenant forbids certain alterations to a property — such as an extension. Indemnity insurance covers and legal costs you might incur as a result of a covenant breach.
If a home you sold is found not to have the necessary building regs documentation, indemnity insurance covers the costs of altering the property for compliance. The insurance also covers the administrative costs of putting things right.
Absence of easement
If a neighbour prevents you from accessing drains that serve your home, indemnity insurance covers the costs of legal action.
Building without planning permission can lead to legal action. In certain circumstances, this action might culminate in the demolition of a building or extension. Indemnity insurance covers all the costs associated with a non-compliant property.
Indemnity insurance covers the seller for the costs of updating title deeds with missing or incorrect information.
No build-over agreement
If you decide to build an extension within three metres of a sewer, you might need to acquire a build-over agreement from the local water authority. Homes without such an agreement might be forced to remove all or part of the offending structure.
If you can’t prove you, as the homeowner, own all of the land on which your property sits, you might need to take steps to prove legal ownership. Insurance covers you against the costs associated with someone else claiming ownership of the land.
Is indemnity insurance expensive?
In most cases, indemnity insurance is well worth the expense. The cost of dealing with the issues raised above can be astronomical. Yet the cost of a good indemnity insurance policy can be as little as £20.
If you want cover for the costs of dealing with a lack of planning or building regulations, however, the policy will cost a lot more. Don’t be surprised to find quotes of between £300 and £600.
Is indemnity insurance for property sellers necessary?
The chances of running into legal issues after you’ve sold a property are low. Most indemnity policies never pay out — as problems are rare. But for your peace of mind, parting with £20 or £30 for a basic policy makes sense.
If you suspect there may be problems with building regulations, planning permission or land ownership, get indemnity insurance. But be prepared to pay a hefty premium.
Taking out indemnity insurance is a good way to sell a house fast. This covers you for a range of legal issues, so you don’t have to waste too much time searching for missing paperwork, certificates and permissions. Indeed, a lot of conveyancers and mortgage providers insist the seller takes out indemnity insurance at the earliest opportunity.
Having indemnity insurance can help you to sell a home quickly — but not that quickly. If you need to raise cash in a hurry, it might be best to avoid the market altogether. And that’s where Flying Homes comes in. We buy houses fast. In some cases, we’re able to complete a purchase within a matter of days.