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.
I have a cottage that I've owned for 4 years. It has a joined outhouse which hasn't been picked up on the deeds or land registry. There's no dispute and historically it (the outhouse) belongs to the property. What can I do to rectify? Thank you.
Firstly you need to find out if it is registered at land registry to anyone else. If it is then it will be difficult to claim ownership of it and you may have to speak to the registered owner about having it transferred to you. Be warned though, they could refuse or demand payment in return and could prevent you from using it. If the outhouse is not registered to anyone else then you may be able to claim ownership of it via "adverse possession". This involves proving, by way of providing a formal statement or statements that you have had both the intention to possess it and actual possession for at least the last 12 years. Obviously you can't say this as you have only had the property for four years but if you can track down the previous owner (and the owner before him if he did not own it for at least 8 years before you) and get him/them to make a statement covering his/their period of ownership then you can make the application based on a chain of statements. If you think you can obtain statements from previous owners it would be wise to instruct a lawyer to prepare the statements for signing as they need to confirm certain facts and to submit the application