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A request or enquiry relating to information (concerning a property) held by a local authority or by the land registry.

Semi-Detached


A property which is joined to one other house.

Service Charge


See Maintenance charge.

Sole Agent


A single estate agent entrusted with a sale or let.

Solicitor


A legal expert handling all documentation for the sale or purchase of a property.

Stamp Duty


The tax paid by buyers of property with a value in excess of £120,000, of between 1% and 4% depending on the value of the property.

Structural Survey


See Building survey.

Studio Flat


A flat consisting of one main room or open-plan living area incorporating cooking and sleeping facilities and a separate bathroom/shower room.

Subject To Contract


Words used to indicate that an agreement is not yet legally binding.

Surveyor


A professionally qualified expert who carries out the survey.