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.
We are buying a leasehold property. Our solicitor was very slow to raise enquiries on the draft contract and the seller's solicitor hasn't responded at all for over two weeks. Neither seems bothered about moving things on. Meanwhile the seller has provided me with almost all the required information directly and I have sent this on to our solicitor. However she has advised us that "Replies which are received from the seller direct or from the estate agents do not form part of the contract and are not actionable after completion if they turn out to be wrong or misleading. They only form part of the contract if they are given in writing by the sellers solicitors." Is this really true? Or does it just refer to taking action against the seller's solicitor, rather than the seller and/or his agent?
This is correct. The Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 section 2 sets out the requirements for a valid conveyancing contract and amongst other things it says that only terms that are either written into the contract or expressly incorporated by reference are binding on the the parties. This to avoid the seller or buyer unwittingly agreeing to something without taking legal advice which then becomes part of the contract. The seller needs to press his solicitor to pass the replies on to your solicitor
Thanks for your prompt reply, very helpful.