When selling your house you’re required to fill out a number of forms as part of the conveyancing process. One of these forms is the TA10 form (otherwise known as the Fixtures and Fittings form).
26th July, 2022
When selling your house you’re required to fill out a number of forms as part of the conveyancing process. One of these forms is the TA10 form (otherwise known as the Fixtures and Fittings form). In this article, we’ll talk through everything you need to know about the TA10 form. We’ll cover what it is and what it contains, whether it’s mandatory and legally binding, and some of the more common questions that crop up in relation to the TA10.
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A TA10 form is a standard form from the Law Society detailing all of the fixtures and fittings included in the sale of a property. The TA10 is usually issued to the seller by the conveyancer at the beginning of the conveyancing process. Once the Seller has completed the TA10 it’s sent to the Buyer’s solicitor for review.
The TA10 is a useful certificate as it forces the Seller to consider what they will be leaving behind after the sale has been completed. It gives both Buyer and Seller a chance to raise questions and agree on exactly what should be left behind. Because the TA10 form becomes legally binding on the exchange of contracts, it’s important that it’s completed accurately and with the help of a reliable conveyancer.
Typically a conveyancer will help with the completion of the TA10 form. You should familiarise yourself with the structure and contents of the form before you come to fill it out. Download a sample TA10 form by clicking here to check it out in more detail.
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The TA10 contains information about everything that is included in the sale of a property. The form allows the Seller to declare whether the item is fitted or removable, and also gives the option for the Seller to declare whether or not it will be included with the sale of the property. If the Seller wishes to sell the item to the Buyer, they are able to add the price of the item within the form. The TA10 form contains 11 sections, we’ll break each of them down in a little more detail here.
Basic fittings. This section is for fittings that are considered the most basic/essential, such as burglar alarms and electrical sockets.
Kitchen. The kitchen section contains both fitted items, such as the extractor hood, and white goods, such as tumble dryers, washing machines, etc. You should indicate whether or not these items are fitted or freestanding.
Bathroom. The bathroom section also requires you to cover both fitted items, such as baths and shower fittings, and smaller fixtures such as mirrors, shower curtains, and so on.
Carpets. In this section, you should indicate which rooms have fitted carpets and whether or not they will be included in the sale of the property.
Curtain and Curtain Rails. Outlines which curtains and curtain rails will be included with the sale.
Light Fittings. Details which light fittings and lights will be left behind. If lights are to be removed then the Seller must replace the light with a bulb or bulb holder to make a safe environment for the Buyer.
Fitted Units. Things like shelving, cupboards and wardrobes.
Outdoor area. All items are included in the balcony, terrace or garden of the property. This includes things like sheds and plants.
Television and Phone. Any telephone receives, satellites, or televisions.
Stock of Fuel. This section is only applicable if the home contains fuel-burning appliances. Any fuel to be included in the sale of the property should be added here.
Other Items. This section includes a number of blank line items to allow the Seller to include any miscellaneous objects that don’t fit into the previous 10 sections.
Is the TA10 form Mandatory?
No. The TA10 form is not a mandatory form and isn’t legally required to complete the sale of a property. However, completing a TA10 form is highly recommended for both Buyers and Sellers. It helps to prevent confusion and disputes over what is or isn’t included in the property sale.
Is the TA10 form legally binding?
Yes. If a TA10 form is completed at the beginning of the conveyancing process then it becomes legally binding upon the exchange of contracts. It’s really important that, as a Seller, you complete the TA10 accurately and to the best of your knowledge. If you include incorrect information on the form then you could be sued for damages afterwards by the buyer.
What is the difference between fixtures and fittings?
This is an important distinction that both Buyers and Sellers are usually unclear about. An easy way to think about it is that fixtures are items or objects that are attached (or fixed) to the property. Fittings are items that aren’t attached to the property but are usually placed (or fitted) there. Common examples of fixtures are cupboards, kitchen units, plumbing etc. whilst common fittings are beds, sofas, and mirrors. You can also make the distinction by the general rule that fixtures are typically included in the sale of a property, whilst fittings are not.
What are chattels?
This is a question that often comes up during a property sale. Chattel is just another word for fittings. They are items of personal property that are identifiable and moveable.
In this article, we’ve covered everything you need to know about the TA10 form. The TA10 is not legally binding, but is highly recommended, and contains all details about what fixtures and fittings are included in the sale of a property. It’s usually issued by the Seller’s conveyancer and completed by the Seller at the start of the conveyancing process, and then sent to the buyer’s solicitor for review.
Selling a house can feel like you’re drowning in paperwork. On top of the TA10, there are a whole host of other documents needed to sell your house. It can be incredibly time-consuming and prevent you from selling your house fast. At SmoothSale, we’re a cash house buyer and we understand that too much paperwork can be a blocker to a quick sale. We only request the most essential information needed to buy your property from you, and we can help you complete any essential forms quickly and easily. To find out more about how we can help, give us a call today on 0800 368 8952.