How to Update Your Property Listing with Accurate Material Information

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It’s key that your property listing has the right details for buyers to choose wisely. This guide will show you how to update your listing correctly, keeping you legal and making your ad clear. By giving complete and accurate material information, you’ll draw serious buyers and make selling easier.

Key Takeaways

  • Accurate material information is essential for buyers to make informed decisions.
  • Updating your listing with comprehensive property details demonstrates transparency and builds trust.
  • Adhering to legal requirements for estate advertising ensures compliance.
  • Providing up-to-date home-selling tips can enhance the success of your property listing.
  • Focusing on accurate property listing practices can lead to a smoother sales process.


Introduction to Material Information

Material information means the key details about a property that buyers must know. This includes important stuff like council tax, the asking price, and what type of ownership it has. Knowing this info is crucial. It lets buyers decide wisely and keeps the property ad legal. Make sure your property ad is honest and detailed, which shows you’re trustworthy.

Understanding the Significance of  Accurate Material Information

The essential details about a property are vital for buyers to understand it well. By sharing facts like council tax and the asking price and describing the ownership, buyers can judge the costs and legal parts. This makes their decision simpler. Having a clear, complete property ad not only meets legal needs but also builds trust with potential buyers.

Legal Obligations for Property Listings

Selling a property means you must give precise details in your property ads. The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT) states what must be included. Things like council tax, price, and ownership type are must-haves. Not providing this info can lead to legal trouble. So, make sure your listing follows these rules.

material information

Accurate Material Information

The property listing needs to show the council tax band or domestic rates. You can check this with the GOV.UK Tax Service for England and Wales, or the Scottish Assessors Association for Scotland. Before finalising, ask the sellers about any changes to the council tax band. If it’s a new build, the council tax rates might not be available yet. In this case, make sure to mention that and update it as soon as possible.

Council Tax or Domestic Rates

Listings should clearly state the asking price. It’s fine to give a price range as long as it shows the true market value. This should not be a trick to generate more interest. Also, mention any extra costs related to the property or the buying process. For new builds, publish the asking price when it’s set and include any relevant financial information.

Asking Price

The type of tenure should be clearly indicated, like freehold or leasehold. This will affect what you can do with the property and its costs. Extra details about each type of tenure ought to be included in the listing, too.


property tenure types

List how much the current ground rent costs and when it will next be reviewed for leasehold properties. The seller should provide this information. Don’t forget to mention the review date, even if it’s not straight after buying. The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 in England and Wales also has new rules. It says, for certain leases, the annual ground rent is now one peppercorn. Make sure the seller confirms this, and that it matches the lease agreement.

Property Tenure Type Description Key Considerations
Freehold The seller owns the property and the land it’s built on. They look after the maintenance and can make changes as long as they follow local rules. Some freehold properties might have shared areas like car parks or gardens. Whoever owns them pays towards the upkeep.
Leasehold The buyer has the property for a set time stated in the lease. The land and buildings belong to the freeholder. Important details for leaseholds include ground rent, service charges, and how long is left on the lease.
Shared Ownership The buyer owns part of the property and pays rent on the rest to the landlord. A listing for shared ownership must include the part for sale, the rent for the rest, and any other costs.
Commonhold Owners share the property’s land. A joint association manages the shared parts. This form of ownership has no time limit. Laws specific to commonhold govern these properties.


Leasehold Properties

For leasehold properties, the listing should mention the current ground rent payments and when the next review will be. The seller or owner must provide this information. It’s also vital to talk about the review period and date. This is because the review date might not be when you buy the property. The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 in England and Wales caps ground rents at an annual rate of one peppercorn for leases after 30th June 2022 (or April 2023 for retirement homes). Sellers need to check this and confirm it in the lease.

Ground Rent and Review Period

The listing has to include details on the service charge payments as well. The seller or owner knows this, and it’s in the lease, too. Service charges can change or stay the same, with the lease saying how much and how often you pay. Some schemes also have funds for future repairs. Property agents will check this for you.

Service Charge Information

It should list the lease length too. The lease tells you this and it’s also in the property documents. Buyers need to know how many years are left. This affects getting a mortgage and selling the property later.

Length of Lease

Giving detailed info on ground rent, service charges, and lease length is key for buyers. This helps them see the costs and what it means for the future. Being clear and open helps buyers make better choices and makes selling the property easier.

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Ownership Types

Freehold means the seller owns the property and the land it’s built on. They usually deal with fixing things and can change the property more freely, as long as they follow the rules. Sometimes, these properties share places like car parks or gardens.

This sharing might include situations where part of a home extends over or under a neighbour’s property. Such details are important for mortgage and home insurance matters.

Shared Ownership

When selling a ‘shared ownership’ property, it’s key to tell the buyer how much they’ll own and what parts are rented. Buyers in this scheme own part and rent the rest but can buy the rest later, becoming full owners.

The seller must share the details about service charges that the buyer needs to know.


If it’s a commonhold property where the land is shared, that should be in the listing. A group of owners runs shared areas. There are no time limits on owning this type of property.

Shared Freehold / Share of Freehold

In some cases, the seller might have a share of the property’s freehold beyond owning their part. This means several people own the building’s freehold together. They split the costs of running it, which buyers must know about.

Non-Traditional Tenure

For properties with unusual ownership types, the listing should explain what’s different. This helps buyers understand the buying conditions. It’s about giving clear, honest information to buyers.



Taking care to list your property with accurate and detailed material information is key. It helps draw in serious potential buyers, making the selling process smoother. Make sure to include facts like council tax, the selling price, and what type of property ownership it is.

These points show you’re being transparent and meeting legal duties. Updating your listing with this key info also helps build trust with those interested. This way, buyers can make well-informed choices about the property.

It’s also vital to disclose all necessary details clearly. This boosts how well your property ad performs and enhances the overall selling experience. Fully detailed and current property listings not only fulfil rules but also show professionalism. They highlight your commitment to clients, making the sales process more efficient and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Sharing material information upfront aims to create honesty and trust. This is good for both those selling the property and those looking to buy. It leads to better overall results in your advertising and improves your standing in the property market.



What is material information for a property listing?

Material information means the important details about a property. It includes things buyers need to know like council tax, the selling price, and the type of ownership.

Why is providing accurate material information important?

Accurate details in a property listing show honesty. This helps build trust with buyers. It also makes sure the listing follows the law.

What are the legal requirements for material information in property listings?

Property agents and sellers must give correct information. This includes council tax, selling price, and ownership type. These rules are set by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team (NTSELAT).

How should the council tax or domestic rates be displayed in the listing?

The listing must show the council tax band or domestic rates. You can check these on GOV.UK for England and Wales, or the Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) for Scotland.

What information should be provided about the asking price?

The asking price should be clearly stated. You can also use a price range. But, it must be a true reflection of the property’s value. It shouldn’t just create interest.

What details are required for leasehold properties?

For leasehold properties, the listing should mention the ground rent, service charge, and the lease length. This includes when the rent could change.

How should the tenure type be displayed in the listing?

The type of ownership must be clearly stated. This could be freehold, leasehold, or others. It’s vital for buyers to understand the property’s legal rights and costs.

What additional details should be included for shared ownership properties?

Shared ownership info should include the share for sale and the rent on the part not owned. Include any other money or responsibilities.

How should commonhold and shared freehold arrangements be disclosed?

Any commonhold or shared freehold details must be clear. These situations have different legal and financial aspects that buyers need to know about.

What information should be provided for non-traditional tenure arrangements?

For unusual ownership types, give as much detail as possible. These may have special legal and financial issues that buyers should be aware of.

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