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Residential Property Letting Service
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    You are in good hands

    Whilst we are proud of our rural roots, dating back to 1858, we are pleased to offer a 21st century service to a wide variety of clients and have grown into one of the leading letting agents in the area.

    We successfully let and manage a range of property throughout the region on behalf of private clients, local estates and landowners, investment landlords and property companies.

    Letting offices are situated in Dorchester, Sherborne, Yeovil, Axminster, Beaminster, Bridport, Blandford, Poundbury and Sturminster Newton. We are regulated by RICS in respect of professional standards and the holding of client money, governed by ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents) and the industry Ombudsmen, and all staff are trained to ARLA Technical Award level.

    In addition to our own website, symondsandsampson.co.uk, we are pleased to be associated with The London Office and specialist property websites Rightmove and Zoopla(incorporating Primelocation) amongst others, each providing National and International marketing exposure for your property.

    Our aim is to develop long-term client relationships and we always look forward to welcoming new clients.

    Client Money Protection (CMP) provided by ARLA
    Independent Redress provided by Ombudsman Service Property (OS:P)

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Tenant Information & Fees
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    Tenant Fees


    Fees Before You Move In

    Holding Deposit - Equal to one weeks rent (See terms and conditions on our website detailed in the securing the property section).

    Security Deposit - Equal to five weeks rent.

    Fees During Your Tenancy

    Early Termination Fees

    To pay the Agent for the landlord's reasonable costs if the tenant wishes to surrender their tenancy early at the tenants request and the landlord as agreed to find a suitable tenant. The charges are as follows and are inclusive of VAT:-

    £108.00 New tenancy agreement

    £120.00 New schedule of condition

    £120.00 Tenancy reference fees

    £60.00 Re-Marketing costs

    Total costs: £408.00

    Alterations to the tenancy agreement

    To pay the Agent the sum of £50.00 inclusive of VAT when the tenant requests a variation, assignment or novation of a tenancy.

    Keys

    In the event that any keys have been lost, pay to the agent their reasonable costs for replacement.

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    Finding a property to rent
    When looking for the ideal property to rent you may want to consider the following:
    • Your budget, how much would you like to pay per month? Remember to budget for utilities and council tax.
    • How long do you need to rent the property for? Will it be long term or a short term stop gap? When do you need to move in?
    • Is the garden suitable and who will be responsible for the maintenance of the garden?
    • Does the size of the property suit your requirements? If you are looking for an unfurnished property will your furniture fit?
    • Does the property have broadband, good mobile phone reception for your network, cable/satellite dish, adequate sockets, telephone and TV aerial points?
    • Energy Efficiency: Landlords are now required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). It contains information about a property's energy use and typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to E.
    • How to reduce energy use and save money. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to E.
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    Securing a Property

    The best properties tend to go quickly. Be prepared to provide the following information:

    • Photo identification (such as a driving licence or passport).
    • Evidence of your current address (such as a utility bill).
    • Deposit funds of five weeks rent.
    • Holding Deposit of one weeks rent (see conditions in our application form).
    • Be ready to sign a tenancy application form.
    • If you need a guarantor, get this set up in good time.
    • Referencing: criteria may include the following: We will contact any Landlord you have had within the last 3 years. Confirmation of earnings. A credit check - this will allow them to see if you have a good history of paying your bills. Your bank details - including bank name, account number and sort-code. Details of your employment - your employer, job title, payroll number, salary, previous employer, etc.
    • Deposit: Once the full deposit is paid, the property is then secured. The deposit will be held by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS). The deposit is held against any non payment of rent or damages to the property over and above fair wear and tear.
    • Tenancy Agreement: A tenancy agreement is a contract between you and the landlord, setting out the terms and conditions of the tenancy and the rights and obligations the landlord and the tenant have to each other and the property.
    • Insurance: It is the job of the Landlord to insure the bricks and mortar of the property, but your Landlord won't insure your personal belongings.
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    Moving In

    Your keys will be available for you to collect at our local branch, and for you to sign the Schedule of Condition.

    Meter readings will be taken at the property at the commencement of your tenancy and we will as letting agents notify all utility providers. This does not include TV licence, telephone or broadband which is your responsibility.

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    Schedule of Condition and Inventory
    The Schedule of Condition and Inventory is the document which is used to accurately record the condition and contents of the property at the time of moving in. It will be used again when checking the property at the end of the tenancy. When you move into a property, you should either annotate the schedule of condition with any comments you feel necessary to record at that time, or write a comments sheet with your observations. The document must be checked carefully to minimise the risk of any disputes at the end of the tenancy.
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    Renewing Your Tenancy
    Staying

    If you decide to stay at the property and it is possible for you to do so, we will negotiate the terms of the extension with both you and the landlord.

    Moving Out
    • The Landlord may wish to terminate the tenancy, in which case we will serve the appropriate notice on their behalf.
    • If you wish to terminate the tenancy at the end of the fixed term, you will need to serve one calendar months notice to end on the same expiry day in the month.
    • The property will need to be cleaned to a standard commensurate with the condition of the property at the commencement of the tenancy.
    • The garden will need to be tidied and grass cut.
    • All personal belongings will need to be removed and keys returned to the agent, landlord or inventory clerk.
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    Your Responsibilities

    Your obligations are fully set out in your tenancy agreement but will usually include:

    1. Pay the rent
    2. Keep the property clean and tidy
    3. Don't change the fabric of the property without permission
    4. Abide by the Tenancy Agreement
    5. To behave in a tenant-like manner - i.e no nuisance, noise, disruptive behaviour etc.
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The Dorchester Lettings Team
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    Lucy Nolan MARLA
    Lettings Partner

    Lucy is a Lettings Partner and is based in our Poundbury & Dorchester office. She started her career in Lettings with Symonds & Sampson 17 years ago and enjoys the diversity that the job brings. As the Lettings Partner, she also oversees the busy Property Management department who deal with the day to day management of Symonds & Sampson's managed property portfolio on behalf of our Landlords.
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    Ismay Byrne BA(Hons)
    Lettings Negotiator

    Ismay grew up in Bridport and studied Photography at degree level in Bristol before moving to London to start her career in property where she was based for two years. She decided that there's no place like home and returned to Dorset in 2020 to take on a new venture in the Poundbury & Dorchester Lettings office.
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    Don't just take our word for it....
    • Introduction

      Whether you are a Landlord or a tenant, renting a property can sometimes be a difficult and stressful process and navigating your way to through the process can at times be hard. This is why it is crucial to have expert and experienced guidance to ensure you are able to jump any hurdle in your way.

      We think the biggest difference between us and other agents is our staff, who are professional, knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with any problems the process may throw at them. Their down to earth approach, personality and sensitivity in difficult times brings clients back to us again and again.

      But don't just take our word for it...

    Testimonials from Landlords

    • Landlord Testimonial

      polite, professional and friendly
      Symonds and Sampson have been my letting agents now for over 12 months and I find them polite, professional and friendly and would highly recommend to anyone looking to let their property. They communicate throughout the whole process.  SR - Dorchester
    • Landlord Testimonial

      Really helpful, quick and professional
      I have been with Symonds and Sampson for over 10 years for the rental of my properties. They have always been really helpful, quick and professional with any queries or problems I may have. The process of getting new tenant  always been really helpful, quick and professional to the end of their term, they organise and deal with everything and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. VH - Dorset
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      safe, confident and professional
      We have been very pleased with S&S Lettings, Lucy Nolan has taken us through each stage of the process so far. As this is the first time letting a property for us, and doing it from abroad, we have felt in safe, confident and professional hands throughout.We also hope our tenants are happy in our property and I have no doubt that S&S will look after them.
      LG - America

    Testimonials from Tenants

    • Tenant Testimonial

      provided a very personal and friendly service
      The service from Symonds & Sampson was extremely professional and efficient. All staff were excellent and provided a very personal and friendly service.
      CH - Dorchester
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      we would highly recommend them
      We were looking for a property to rent and were realy up against time pressure, Lucy at the Poundbury office was brilliant and found us the perfect property. Lucy and Ismay then pulled out all the stops to ensure we were in on our preferred date. We couldn't be more pleased with the service we received from Lucy and Ismay and we would highly recommend them.
      AB - Dorchester
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    Disclaimer

    The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

    *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

    Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

    Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester on 01305 261008.


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    Selling Your Home
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      Why Symonds & Sampson?
      15 Offices across Wessex , together with the London Office, provide a comprehensive coverage of property in the Wessex region from East Devon and Somerset through Dorset to Wiltshire and Hampshire. In a competitive market, Symonds & Sampson LLP have achieved notable successes for the quality and quantity of properties sold - demonstrating their ability to provide a personal and professional service which is appreciated by both buyers and sellers. By using the London Office connection Symonds & Sampson LLP ensure that buyers from London and the Home Counties are aware of what is available in Wessex.

      Our intention is to provide you with the best possible advice and service to ensure as smooth a sale as is possible.

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      We offer, as a good agent should:
      • Free Initial Market Appraisals
      • Experienced staff, with strong local knowledge, in each office
      • High standards, as required by membership of RICS and NAEA
      • Full colour particulars which can include floor plans and location maps and which can be downloaded directly from our website
      • Extensive advertising in a range of local and national newspapers along with a good history of obtaining editorial content
      • Listings on various web sites including Rightmove, The London Office, our own Website and many more
      • Access, via The London Office in St James', to London, Home Counties and overseas buyers. Property Exhibitions are held there or elsewhere in London from time to time.
      • An effective and efficient back-office database. Ours is Internet-based and enables us to share our properties and several thousand potential buyers instantly across our 10 offices.
      • Instant e-mail alerts to suitable applicants about new properties.
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      Marketing and the London Office

      We are members of The London Office which provides us with a central London base to display and hold particulars of properties for sale. The office is manned by experienced agents and is situated in St James' Place just off St James'. From time to time we hold exhibitions either at the London office or at the Move to the Country Show when members of staff from our local offices meet buyers from the capital and home counties.

      Paul Baxter at The London Office is also available to discuss international property requirements.

      Tel:0207 839 0888

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    Buying Through Us
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      Initial contact with us will usually be via a website, over the phone or in person at one of our nine offices. You can continue to get up-to-date lists of available properties on an ad hoc basis but you may prefer to register with us. This will allow us to send you details of properties just as they come to the market or when prices are revised.

      Our applicant database is web-based and shared instantly across all eleven offices so that you need only sign-up once to be matched with any property that fits your requirements.

      You can register, update your details and requirements or de-register through this website. You will receive notification of new properties via e-mail and can download full colour particulars from your web portfolio.

      Alternatively, you can also register by contacting one of our offices where a member of staff will take your details and discuss the current market and properties available with you. We endeavour to get all staff to see the property but, where this has not been possible, someone who has seen it can ring you back.

      If any property is of interest please contact the relevant office to discuss it further and to make arrangements for a viewing.

      Once you make an offer it will be submitted in writing to the vendors. The staff will need to collect personal details from you, if not already known, such as the position of your own sale and availability of finance.

      We will advise you of the outcome of any offer. Once an offer is accepted, we will notify your solicitors at the same time as the vendors. Because agents can speak to both buyers' and sellers' solicitors we will keep in touch with you during the sale process with updates, up to the point at which contracts are exchanged .

      Following exchange of contracts we will liaise with you and the vendor about the hand over of keys at completion. This usually takes place in our office but with planning a member of staff may be able to meet you at the property.

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    Professional Services
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      We dont just sell houses...
      • Lettings
        Our Lettings offices at Axminster, Bridport, Beaminster, Dorchester, Blandford, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton and Yeovil are Licensed Members of ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) with qualified and experienced staff.
      • Agriculture Services
        Our Agricultural departments at Axminster, Bridport, Dorchester, Salisbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Wimborne and Yeovil offer the full gambit of agricultural agency and professional work. Our Farm Dispersal Team is based at Yeovil and we are Auctioneers for Frome Livestock auctions at Frome.
      • Surveys & Valuations
        Our Survey department is based at Wimborne and can carry out all types of surveys as well as provide a design and project management service. We have registered RICS valuers in several offices carrying out valuations of all types of property for banks, building societies and tax purposes.
      • Commercial
        Our main commercial offices are at Poundbury, Blandford and Yeovil. They provide a full agency service for the sale and letting of commercial property plus advice on all property matters for commercial clients.
      • Property Auctions
        We are recognised as the leading property auctioneers in the south west (data from Essential Information Group) and hold monthly auctions except in January and August selling a variety of property from across the region. The department is headed up by well-known auctioneer Mark Lewis based at our Sturminster Newton office.
      • Planning
        We have a number of chartered surveyors who specialise in planning work from various offices. If you need advice please contact our office.
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    The Dorchester Team
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      Richard Taylor FRICS
      Partner

      Richard is a Chartered Surveyor and sells houses in the hinterland of Dorchester. Having started his career in London he is the main link with the London Office.
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      Stuart Philipps MNAEA
      Residential Partner

      Stuart joined the residential sales department as Manager in 2014. He is passionate about being professional and customer focused.
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      Michelle Powell MARLA MNAEA
      Office Manager

      Michelle is the office engine driver having worked in various departments over the years including sales, lettings and surveys.
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      Jan Merriott BSc (Est Man) MRICS
      Commercial Manager

      Jan is a Chartered Surveyor and manages the commercial department from Dorchester advising on all commercial property and development land matters especially agency.
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      Adam Taylor
      Sales Negotiator

      Adam is known for his honesty, hard work and sense of humour and we receive countless positive comments from vendors and buyers alike. Adam is experienced in all types of property but especially enjoys dealing with country and village properties.
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      Kate Wiscombe
      Kate is originally from Bristol and started her property career in the city.  Working with various agents before coming to Symonds & Sampson, Kate has a plethora of experience in the business.
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      You've been Fabulous
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        Can't quite believe that we've finally exchanged. Woo Hoo!!

        Your dedication is second to none - your efforts & dedication outstanding. 


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      Testimonials from Sellers

      • Seller Testimonial

        Thank you so much

        Dear Stuart and all at Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester.

        Thank you so much!

        L and Max the Terrier

      • Seller Testimonial

        you have been excellent throughout
        Hi Stuart, Thank you for your help, you have been excellent throughout. We have just pulled up and they are just getting the last wardrobe out, we will be in tonight lol. Once again thank you for helping us out. Many thanks Darren and Jenny.
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        Expert guidance during the sale and purchase

        Just to say  thank you for all your help and expert guidance during the sale and purchase of both properties.

        Very Best Wishes

        From K&K

      • Seller Testimonial

        we made it in the end with your perseverance.

        Just a belated note to say 'Thank You' to you and your colleagues in your office for all your help, in particular at the beginning when you pulled out all the stops, to get it on the market.

        With very best wishes

        CM

      • Seller Testimonial

        Professional matter

        May I say in passing that your office has dealt with the matter in a very professional matter and Michelle, in particular, has been of great assistance at all times.

        Regards R C

      • Seller Testimonial

        you did a great job

        A big thank you on this - you did a great job - particularly on the "marriage or relationship guidance "! - really appreciated your/the S&S service. I will drop in and see you at the Dorch show on the Saturday if you are there? All the best


      • Seller Testimonial

        impressed with your honesty
        we could not help but be impressed with your honesty, integrity and professionalism with your 'pitch' concerning the possible sale of our home. Compared to a lot of other local estate agents, it was superb.
      • Seller Testimonial

        cannot fault your expertise & professionalism

        Dear Adam and all at Symonds & Sampson

        Just a quick note to say thank you for being the agent selling my property - its been a journey and a half but with a happy ending!

        I can not fault your service, expertise and professionalism through out. 

        Full credit goes to Adam for endless patience, humour and kindness in supporting us.

        Kind regards

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        Friendly and approachable

        We owe you and your team an overdue 'thank you' for not just finding us this beautiful house but perhaps more importantly for the way you all conducted yourselves throughout. Friendly and approachable but always thoroughly professional. 

          And finally.... many thanks for the S and S bag of goodies. Much appreciated.

        C&E

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        Thank you very much for all your hard work

        Hi Stuart

        Thank you very much for all your hard work, and that of your team, in achieving our sales. We moved in to our new place today and are surrounded by boxes. Thank you and very best wishes for the future H and P

      Testimonials from Buyers

      • Buyer Testimonial

        thank you for all your help and advice
        Adam - Just to say a big thank you for all your help and advice regarding our property. Many Thanks.      LH
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        smoothly as possible

        Dear Adam

        Thank you for all your help and hard win in selling our house and making a very stressful process filled with many challenges, run a smoothly as possible.

        Kind regards S.C.H &S.

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        Thoughtful gift

        To all at Symonds & Sampson

        Many thanks for all your help with the purchase of our new home and for the thoughtful gift, it was much appreciated. Best Wishes to you all. J & J

      • Buyer Testimonial

        a big Thank You

        Just to say a big thank you for all your help and advise regarding our sale.


        LH

      • Buyer Testimonial

        We really do appreciate it.
        Thank you for all the hard work you put into selling our house for us. We really do appreciate it.
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      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

      Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

      Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester on 01305 261008.


      Welcome to Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester

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      Find Us

      Branch address

      30 High West Street,
      Dorchester,
      DT1 1UP

      Get in touch

      Buying: 01305 575047  Local call rate
      Letting: 01305 232006  Local call rate

      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

      Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

      Auction Fees: The purchase of this property may include associated fees not listed here, as it is to be sold via auction. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Symonds & Sampson, Dorchester on 01305 261008.