Residential conveyancing

  • Overview

    Expert conveyancing services in all areas of residential property.

    Moving house is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Our team can guide you through this process and ensure it is quick, easy and painless.

    Whatever your plans – buying, selling or transferring ownership – our residential conveyancing specialists are here to help. We advise on the following areas:

    • House sale and purchase
    • Remortgages
    • Transfers of equity
    • Trust deeds
    • Equity release
    • Auction sales

    We're experienced in agricultural property matters and can advise on leases, grazing agreements, option agreements and other more complicated property issues, too.

    Our specialist property litigation team can also advise on all contentious property matters including boundary disputes and rights of way.

    If you need help with corporate relocation services, as associate members of the Association of Relocation Professionals we're well placed to provide advice.

    As part of a full service law firm, we are able to draw on the expertise of specialists in a variety of complementary disciplines, including the owner managed business and healthcare sectors. We have extensive experience of advising business owners and medical professionals.

    • How we determine our price

      This section applies to your sale or purchase, or re-mortgage, of a residential property located in the UK.

      Our experienced Residential Conveyancing team has the know-how and technical capability to provide a fast and effective response. The team wins and retains valued clients through commitment, dedication and an unrivalled personal service which is tailored to the needs of the individual client.

      We have set out below the fees that we would typically charge for handling your transaction:

      Freehold properties

      Fee (excluding VAT) What additional charges will arise (excluding any VAT)?
      Property value: fee
      Up to £250,000: £700
      £250,001 to £500,000: £850
      £500,001 to £1 million: £1,000
      More than £1 million: subject to negotiation
      Acting for mortgagee - £150*
      Newbuild supplement - £150**
      Unregistered supplement - £150***
      SDLT submission (purchase) - £50.00****
      Telegraphic Transfer Fee (each) - £25.50*****

      *If we also act for your mortgage lender on your purchase
      ** If the property that you are buying is newly-built
      ***If details of the property do not appear at the Land Registry, but must be extracted from historic documents
      ****When we submit a form in order to pay stamp duty land tax
      *****Whenever we transfer funds on your behalf, for example to complete your purchase

      Leasehold properties

      If you are buying a leasehold interest, you may either be taking a “grant” (if there is currently no lease in place) or an “assignment” (if the lease already exists). If you are selling, you will be assigning (in other words, transferring) your existing interest. Our price will depend on the amount that you will be paying or expecting to receive.

      Fee (excluding VAT) What additional charges will arise (excluding any VAT)?
      Lease premium: fee
      Up to £250,000: £850
      £250,001 to £500,000: £1,000
      £500,001 to £1 million: £1,150
      More than £1 million: subject to negotiation
      Acting for mortgagee - £150
      Newbuild supplement - £150
      Unregistered supplement - £150
      SDLT submission (purchase) - £50.00
      Telegraphic Transfer Fee (each) - £25.50

      See table above for explanation of terminology used

      Mortgages and re-mortgages

      Fee (excluding VAT) What additional charges will arise (excluding any VAT)?
      Property value: fee
      Up to £250,000: £550
      More than £250,000: £650
      Supplement (if title to your property is unregistered) - £150

      See table above for explanation of terminology used

      Transfers of Equity

      Fee (excluding VAT) What additional charges will arise (excluding any VAT)?
      Property value: fee  
      If you have a mortgage, and so you require the consent of your mortgagee:

      Up to £250,000: £650
      £250,001- £500,000: £750
      Over £500,000: Subject to negotiation
       

      Supplement, if title to your property is unregistered - £150
      Supplement, if your property is leasehold - £150
      SDLT submission - £50.00
      Telegraphic Transfer Fee (each) - £25.50

      See table above for explanation of terminology used

       

      Where your property is free of mortgage:

      Up to £250,000: £550
      £250,001- £500,000: £650
      Over £500,000: Subject to negotiation

       As above

      Please note that the fees stated above are indicative of a typical transaction, and may vary depending on the circumstances of your transaction.

      Why might our fee vary?

      Factors that may result in a change from the fee indicated above include:

      • Where the complexity of the title requires additional investigation, re-drafting of deeds or reporting to interested parties so as to ensure that the property is good and marketable and/or we are able to give a clear Certificate of Title to a proposed mortgage lender
      • Where the mortgage lender instructs its own solicitors and we are required to attend to additional enquiries raised by that firm
      • Where we are required to expedite matters.

      Before you commit to paying, we will explain to you any variance from the indicative fee if this is apparent from the outset. We will also keep you updated at all times if any of these, or other, factors are likely to result in an increase in our fee.

      What other costs may arise?

      You may have to pay certain expenses, taxes and other costs, in addition to those set out above. To the extent that such costs relate to amounts that we must pay to third parties, they are known as “disbursements”. The costs and expenses most likely to arise are as follows:

      Sale

      Nature of cost Amount (excluding any VAT)
      Obtaining Official Copies of registered title (estimate) £15.00

      Purchase

      Nature of cost Amount (excluding any VAT)
      Search Package (estimate) £300.00
      Land Registry Searches (estimate) £9.00
      Registration Fee Please refer to the HM Land Registry fee scale at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hm-land-registry-registration-services-fees


      Timescale and key stages of the process

      These are the key stages of the conveyancing process in a sale:

      1. Taking your instructions
      2. Obtaining details from your mortgage lender
      3. Completion by you of Property Information Forms
      4. Obtaining a copy of the registered title from the Land Registry
      5. Sending draft contract and supporting documents to the buyers’ conveyancer
      6. Responding to enquiries
      7. Agreeing a completion date and exchanging contracts
      8. Completion.

      These are the key stages of the conveyancing process in a purchase:

      1. Taking your instructions
      2. Receiving a draft contract and supporting documents
      3. Receiving a mortgage offer
      4. Carrying out searches and title investigation
      5. Preparing a property report for you
      6. Executing documents and provision by you of a deposit
      7. Agreeing completion date and exchanging contracts
      8. Completion.

      A transaction of this sort will typically take 8-10 weeks to complete, but this may vary. Typical factors which may influence the duration include:

      1. If the property is leasehold and/or additional enquiries need to be raised of third parties
      2. If the property has not previously been registered at the Land Registry
      3. Where the title is found to be defective and not acceptable for lending purposes in its current state.

      If you wish to re-mortgage your property, the key stages are:

      1. Taking your instructions
      2. Carrying out searches and title investigation
      3. Receiving a mortgage offer
      4. Executing documents
      5. Agreeing completion date and requesting mortgage funds
      6. Completion.

      A re-mortgaging transaction will typically take 6-8 weeks to complete, but this may vary. Typical factors which may influence the duration include:

      1. If the property is leasehold and/or additional enquiries need to be raised of third parties
      2. If the property has not previously been registered at the Land Registry
      3. Where the title is found to be defective and not acceptable for lending purposes in its current state.

      Whatever your transaction, we will keep you updated at all times if any of these, or other, factors are likely to result in delay.

      Who will be dealing with your transaction?

      The transaction will typically be handled by a fee-earner who is a solicitor, legal executive or experienced residential conveyancer in our Real Estate team, supported as necessary by our trainees/paralegals. A solicitor acting for you may be described in correspondence as a “Partner”, a “Principal Associate”, an “Associate” or a “Solicitor”. An Associate is, generally, more experienced than a Solicitor, but not as experienced as a Principal Associate. Our trainees/paralegals are not (yet) solicitors, and usually have no other formal legal qualification.

      We will always ensure that the fee-earner acting for you has the requisite level of experience to handle your transaction competently. In any event, all work will be supervised by a Partner, being the most senior member of the team allocated to you.

      Once you know who will be in the team allocated to your transaction, you will be able to find out more information about the team by visiting the Residential Conveyancing section on our website.

      If you have any queries, please contact Anthony Howarth in the first instance, at anthony.howarth@weightmans.com.

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