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.
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The house we are buying has a planning application approved conservatory that was built in 2004.
I contacted the council because the seller said he had no record of the conservatory ever being signed off. The council did it was not a requirement.
I have since found out that I shouldn't have contacted the council and given out details of the property as I will be unable to buy indemnity insurance.
What are the alternatives and will it jeopardise my mortgage offer?
If you are talking about the conservatory not being signed off by building control then you first need to establish whether this would even have been required as it often isn't for conservatories. Essentially, if the following is true then building regulations approval is not required:
It is built at ground level;
Its floor area is less than 30 square metres;
It is separated from the house by external quality walls, doors or windows;
It has its own independent heating system with separate temperature and on / off controls (or no heating system); and
Access is via a pre-existing external door (so that no new opening is created).
Even if this is true however the glazing and electrical work will need to comply with the building regulations. Electricians and glazers who are part of a Competent Person's Scheme (such as NICEIC for electricians or FENSA for glazers) can self-certify their work in which case they should issue a certificate of compliance with building regulations. If you can't be satisfied that building regulations did not apply then you may have to get the council to inspect the conservatory (with the seller's consent) and issue retrospective approval.