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.
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I made a deed of trust to share a flat I own with my wife. I was advised to enter a restriction with the Land Registry which now seems to be a mistake. We want to sell the flat and, in fact, sold the flat three months ago stc. However, the buyer's solicitor ( a trainee solicitor) refuses to allow exchange of contracts until the restriction is lifted. We have been told that this is not necessary by the company that drafted the deed of trust. They even explained how this was to be effected. However, the trainee solicitor is uncomfortable with this. Is she wrong. How can we get her to understand?
It depends on the wording of the particular restriction. If it is a "Form A" restriction, which reads "No disposition by a sole proprietor not being a trust corporation under which capital money arises is to be registered except by order of the court" (or something very similar) then provided you are both signing the contract and transfer deed your sale will not be caught by the restriction (because it is not a disposition by a sole proprietor) and it will automatically fall. There is a very useful Land Registry Practice Guide on the issue (19 I think) and also if the solicitors speak to the Land Registry they should hopefully confirm.
If it is any other type of restriction then you can either (if you re both happy to do so, i.e. you are not in dispute over the sale proceeds) remove it now by submitting form RX4 to Land Registry (there is no fee) or supply the buyer's solicitor with the signed RX4 so that they can remove it following completion.