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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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.
This is a search to establish whether the land which is being purchased is registered as common land in accordance with the Commons Registration Act 1965.
If the property is in a rural area or if access is gained to it over open land then it may be wise to carry out a search. If land is common then certain members of the local community (though not everyone as is the common misconception) have a right to access it on foot and to use it for purposes such as village fetes, grazing etc, however noone can use it for vehicular access.
A commons registration search is now carried out along with the local authority as an optional enquiry on form CON29O. It can also be obtained via a third party search provider. A Commons Registration search can be ordered via our search service.
Please click the link to see an example commons registration search. There are two parts of the register - the register of common land and the register of town or village greens. If the land itself is revealed to be common land then there is nothing that can be done - it cannot be de-registered - and the situation should be reported to the purchaser and lender. In the unlikely event that the property itself is built on common land then it should not be there and according to the law the county council can order it to be removed. If part of the land which is not built upon is common then it should be reported that it is open to access by the public and should not be fenced in. If the access to the property is on common land then the purchaser and lender should be advised that they may only access the property on foot - vehicular rights cannot exist over common land.