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Are there any special considerations when purchasing a residential property that has solar panels which are owned by the current property owner?

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Produced in partnership with Julie Morrissy of Irwin Mitchell
Published on LexisPSL on 01/03/2016

The following Energy Q&A Produced in partnership with Julie Morrissy of Irwin Mitchell provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Are there any special considerations when purchasing a residential property that has solar panels which are owned by the current property owner?
  • Owned or leased?
  • Home owners who have purchased solar panels

Owned or leased?

It is important to firstly check whether the solar panels are owned by the property owner or by a third party via a lease over the airspace above the roof. The official copies for the property will reveal this.

If the solar panels are leased there are several additional considerations such as:

  1. whether the solar panels and the lease are acceptable to a mortgage lender

  2. the maintenance provisions for the solar panels in the lease

  3. what the provisions are in relation to the removal of the solar panels and at whose cost in the event works are required to the roof of the property

Home owners who have purchased solar panels

For the home owner who has purchased the solar panels, they benefit from free electricity generated from the panels. In addition, surplus electricity can be sold back to the national electricity suppliers under a feed in tariff system (FITs).

The following considerations should be considered when purchasing the property:

  1. buildings insurance—check that the insur

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