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 completed half a day late [instead of 1pm on the Wed it was midday Thurs]I paid the necessary penalty to the sellers solicitor approx £240,but after 2 months the seller is asking/claiming compensation for extra incurred costs does this have any legal standing ?
Yes it does. Failure to complete on the contractual completion date is a breach of contract and like any breach of ay contract you will be liable for any losses suffered by the other party which were a "reasonably foreseeable consequence" of your failure to complete on time, subject to the other party's duty to mitigate their loss (i.e. they had to stay in a hotel for a night they could recover this cost from you but they could not charge you for a stay in the Dorchester where more sensibly priced accommodation was available unless but for your breach the standard of accommodation they would have spent that night in was of a standard similar to the Dorchester). You should however consider seeking legal advice before settling any claim.
Yes is the simple answer. By failing to complete on time you were in breach of contract and as with any contract the seller is entitled to sue you for any losses reasonably incurred. The usual rules apply as with any claim for damages so the losses claimed must have been a "reasonably foreseeable consequence" of your failure to complete and the seller must have taken steps to mitigate his losses, that is to keep his losses down. The £240 you have paid is most likely his solicitor's fee for serving a "notice to complete". You should speak to your solicitor about the seller's claim as soon as possible.