Whether you're a layman looking to understand your own transaction or a lawyer needing assistance with a client's conveyancing our step by step sale and purchase guides will lead you through the process while our mini guides will break the whole thing into manageable chunks and give a deep insight into the key issues and stages. Leasehold, freehold, unregistered, registered – we've got it all covered.
Need help with a remortgage or transfer of equity / deed of gift? Our guides will walk you through the process and highlight some of the common pitfalls. Mortgages and transfers can be very simple procedures but complex issues can sometimes arise and mistakes are easily made. These guides will help you deal with them.
So you want to have a go at your own conveyancing? First you should read about the risks, then if you're still happy to proceed, our guides will take you through each stage of the process telling you what to look out for and helping you avoid falling into expensive traps. Our subscription service will give you access to all of the documents you should need for your conveyancing and we can even supply you with the Land Registry Official Copies you'll need. Our general guides will cover all the obstacles you are likely to face and offer a practical solution. Have a look at our sale and purchase guides too.
A big part of the conveyancing process is the conveyancing searches. This section tells you all about them. What they are, how and when to order them and how to interpret the results. Each search has its own guide and you'll see they are separated into Standard (should be done in every case), Regional (area specific) and Optional (not essential but often useful tools for the would be purchaser). All buyers should beware that when you buy a property, the law assumes that you have seen the information that would have been revealed by searches whether or not you have actually carried them out, so you buy the property subject to the results.
Using a conveyancer to handle your conveyancing will greatly reduce the risk to you and sometimes, particularly if you are taking out a new mortgage, you will have no choice but to instruct a conveyancer. The good news is it doesn't have to break the bank. Get a free, instant quote here. We can also help with quick easy quotes for other moving related services.
Are you looking for the documents you'll need for your conveyancing transaction? Or official copies of the title or other documents from Land Registry. We can help you. Follow the links below.
Hello, where I live (we own our flat) the estate has landlords of which we pay ground rent to, they recently sent a letter suggesting that we had not been paying enough for the last 10 years of which they have been the landlords for part of that time. I am sorting out the land registry thing but my question is if I do have to pay can they demand all the back rent in one go or can I tell them this is not possible to do and pay it in installments?
Thank you for your question. What action the landlord can take depends on how much you owe. The first thing you should note is that by virtue of the Limitation Act 1980 your landlord can only claim arrears for the last 6 years. If you owe more than £250 and if there is a forfeiture clause in the lease (which there almost certainly will be) the landlord can apply to the Court for an order for possession and if successful can bring the lease to an end and evict you without compensation.
In the circumstances, if you attended the possession hearing (if the landlord took it that far) and put forward a proposal to pay in instalments the judge may well accept your proposal and either refuse to grant the order or grant a suspended order.
You should start by asking the landlord to provide proof of their claim that the rent has been underpaid. The amount you have to pay will be set out in the lease (though some leases include provision for periodic increases which is sometimes by reference to the Retail Price Index rather than being a set figure). Once you have established that the debt is due talk to the landlord. They are likely to be sensible about it and as long as you put forward a reasonable proposal they should accept it. They will want to avoid legal action unless it is absolutely necessary.
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I have been told that the house that I live in at present is lease hold, I have lived here since September 1996 and have not been made aware of this for all this time, how do I find out who owns the lease?