Jargon Reference Guide



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


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.


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.


A professionally qualified expert who carries out the survey.