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TA6 Property Information Form Explained

Adele MacGregor

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30th Jun 2021 (Last updated on 27th Jul 2021) 7 minute read

When it comes to selling your house, you will be required to complete a Property Information Form as part of the conveyancing process. This gives vital up-front information to the buyer about the property. If you are a buyer, it is essential that you read this document carefully and raise any questions with your conveyancer.

Compare My Move works with property and legal experts to bring you the most up to date information on the conveyancing process. In this article, we look at the TA6 Property Information Form, why it is required, what it covers and what to look out for as a buyer.

This article will cover the following:
  1. What is a Property Information Form?
  2. What is Included in the TA6 Form?
  3. How to Complete the TA6 Property Information Form
  4. What Supporting Documentation Do You Need?
  5. What to Look Out for in the TA6 Form as a Buyer
  6. Learn More About Conveyancing

What is a Property Information Form?

The Law Society’s TA6 Property Information Form exists so that the seller can provide the prospective buyer with important information about the home. This includes environmental matters, rights and informal arrangements and any notices, proposals, disputes and complaints. This allows the buyer to make a fully informed decision on the property purchase.

The TA6 is one of three standard Law Society protocol forms a seller will need to complete. The other two are the TA10 Fixtures & Content form and, if it is a leasehold property, the TA7 Leasehold Information Form.

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What is Included in the TA6 Form?

There are fourteen different sections in the TA6 Property Information Form. These all relate to information the seller knows or has access to about the property. Once these have been answered, the form is then signed and dated by the seller or sellers.

Below we look at each of the fourteen sections and what they mean for both the buyer and seller:

1. Boundaries

This is information about who is responsible for the maintenance or repair of property boundaries. There will also be a question asking if notices have ever been received regarding the Party Wall Act 1996.

2. Disputes and Complaints

This is about any disputes with neighbours or nearby properties.

3. Notices and Proposals

This is relating to any notices or proposals that the seller is aware of, such as those from the local council, which may affect the property.

4. Alterations, Planning and Building Control

This is to state any building works which have either been completed or are in progress. It also addresses if property planning permission and the correct building regulations approval was obtained. It is this part in particular where supporting documents are crucial.

5. Guarantees and Warranties

Work such as roofing, damp proofing, underpinning and any electrical work fall under this category. Again, documentation is vital so be sure to provide the necessary FENSA certificates and, if applicable, National House Building Council (NHBC) certificates for New Build properties.

6. Insurance

This section details any building insurance in place and if claims have been made.

7. Environmental Matters

This section details any environmental matters that the seller is aware of including radon gas, flood risks and if Japanese Knotweed is present on the land. The seller will also be legally required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

8. Rights and Informal Arangements

This section relates to access rights and shared use, in addition to questions regarding any obscure local laws of which a buyer should be aware.

9. Parking

This is for anything relating to vehicle parking for the property.

10. Other Charges

This is used in the event there are any required payments to external companies such as the use of a private draining system or a management company.

11. Occupiers

This concerns who lives at the property, for example, if the property is being sold with existing tenants. This will detail whether it is being sold with vacant possession (no people living in the home when the buyer moves in)

12. Services

This is in relation to electricity, central heating and drainage/sewerage provision and if any of these have been tested or recently upgraded.

13. Connections to Utilities and Services

This section will include details of the utility providers for the property, such as gas and electric and water. It will include information about what utilities and services are connected to the home.

14. Transaction Information

The Final Section of the form includes miscellaneous questions for example, whether the seller will ensure the removal of furnishing items and dispose of any rubbish prior to the completion date and if the seller is depending on a purchase on the same day as selling the home.

How to Complete the TA6 Property Information Form

The TA6 Property Information Form is a vital document for the buyer as the information provided may contribute to their decision on whether to purchase the property or not.

With this in mind, it is vital that you are as detailed as possible, provide supporting evidence and do not exclude any information or submit any information you know to be incorrect. You must complete the form to the best of your knowledge, providing details of everything that relates to the property, as this is both in your and the buyer’s best interests.

The form will include; the property address, name of the seller and seller’s solicitor, email and reference number. The form will also include “instructions to the seller” which include:

  • Advising the seller on what to do if they do not have an answer to their question and to consult with their conveyancing solicitor throughout.
  • Advising the seller that they must contact their solicitor immediately if they become aware of any information which would counter or change any information provided.
  • Advising the seller to provide accurate information stating that “the buyer may make a claim for compensation from you”.
  • Advising the seller of the importance of supplying the correct documentation and paperwork which supports the information provided in the form.

It is also made clear that the seller cannot be expected to have expert knowledge of legal or technical matters nor will they have knowledge of matters that occurred prior to their ownership of the property.

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What Supporting Documentation Do You Need?

In addition to the completed TA6 Form, it is vital to provide documentation wherever possible. Any missing documents will need to be stated on the form and you can speak with your conveyancer about what you can do.

This includes documentation and certificates verifying any electrical and gas work or building work. An example of this is a FENSA certificate, which is required for new double glazed windows, door or roof light installations. These documents are essential to provide proof that all work was completed to the required standards and by qualified professionals.

If the property has a boiler and gas supply, keeping it serviced regularly is a legal requirement. Therefore, when you sell the property, you will need to provide service records to show that this is up to date.

Below is a list summarising the paperwork you will need to support your TA6 Form:

  • Electrical work documents
  • Gas work documents
  • Boiler service records
  • Documents and certificates relating to building work/extensions/loft conversions including planning permission and building regulations
  • Fensa certificate (for example, for double glazing or new doors)
  • NHBC certificate if the property is a New Build

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    What to Look Out for in the TA6 Form as a Buyer

    When buying a property, there are a number of things you will want to look out for on the TA6 Property Information Form. The form will include a section on “notes to the buyer”. These relate directly to you as the prospective buyer of the property and your conveyancer will be able to assist you with anything relating to the form.

    Within the notes to the buyer will be advice such as the importance of booking an independent property survey, highlighting that the TA6 form should not be considered a substitute for a survey in any capacity. A property survey from a RICS registered property surveyor will be able to give you a full overview of the condition of the home and any issues that may be present.

    It will also advise, as it does in notes to the seller, that the seller should not be regarded as a legal or technical expert and should not be expected to have knowledge of matters relating to the property prior to their ownership. As the buyer, you must also notify your solicitor about any material or information separate from the form that you have been made aware of regarding the property.

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    This has been part of our conveyancing guide. In our next article, we explore everything you need to know about the TA10 form. To learn more, read what is the ta10 fittings and fixtures form.

    Adele MacGregor

    Having written for PerformanceIN, WalesOnline, Grazia Magazine and The Olive Press, Adele now writes advice articles for home movers, first-time buyers and house sellers alike.