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Can you sell a house for someone else by using a Lasting Power of Attorney?

The short answer to that question is a yes, but it does depend on a couple of things. For instance, there are two different types of powers of attorney available. One is for a person's property and finances, and the other which is for a person's health and welfare. Now if you've only got the one for health and welfare, by just going on the name it's pretty obvious that that doesn't cover selling a property. However if you do have a power of attorney for property and finances, then yes you can.

Now need to look into the Property & Financial power itself and find out if there are any conditions as part of the power. If two or more Attorneys have been appointed in the LPA, then it is necessary check how decisions are to be made. If the LPA has stated that Attorneys can make decisions "jointly and severally", it means that any one attorney alone can make that decision alone if needed. If however they've been appointed to act "jointly" then unless all attorneys are in agreement and are present, the house couldn't be sold.

Additionally some LPAs contain restrictions which prevent Attorneys from doing certain things. You would therefore also need to check this section just to confirm selling a property has not been restricted.

So in summary it will depend on how the Property & Financial LPA is set up, but the long and short of it is that, yes you can sell a house with a Lasting Power of Attorney. These are very, very powerful documents and you can pretty much do whatever the donor needs you to, as an attorney. The most important thing to remember here is that if the donor does NOT want the house to be sold, the LPA does not allow your Attorneys could not override your decision