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You do not need the council's permission to sell your flat, but it is a requirement of your lease that you tell the council within 28 days of the completion taking place.

This needs to be done by your purchasers’ solicitor with a formal notice of assignment served to Wolverhampton City Council's Department of Law and Resources.

There is a fee for serving a notice of assignment which will be outlined in your Lease.

The notice of assignment is required in order to update our records. If no notices are received, you will still be liable for any charges against the property.

Pre-sale Information Pack

Before you sell your property we recommend that you get a pre-sale information pack from the Home Sales and Leases Team. This is normally requested on your behalf by your solicitor. The pack contains information that your buyer will need to know, for example:

  • Three years service charge accounts
  • Details of any money owing
  • Information on the building insurance policy
  • Planned major works and improvements
  • Any other relevant information

Your solicitor should request this pack as soon as possible to avoid delays. We do try to respond to these enquiries within 10 calendar days.

There is an admin fee for providing this pack. To find out the current fee contact the leasehold management team.

If you are re-mortgaging, this information will usually be needed and this is subject to the same admin fee.

Further Guidance

If you are selling your leasehold property please contact the Leasehold Team on 01902 550584 and ask whether any future works are planned. We’ve seen sales fall through because sellers and buyers were not fully aware of what work is planned and the future costs that are expected.

If you are looking to sell your ex-council property you can offer it back to the council first to see if they are interested in purchasing it. Also, if purchased through Right to Buy and within the last ten years it has to be offered back to the City of Wolverhampton Council before it can be sold on the open market. More guidance on this can be seen here: https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/housing/selling-your-former-council-house-back-council

If you are interested in purchasing local authority land, click and follow this link: https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/housing/housing-land-enquiry

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