Conveyancing

6 Top Reasons for Delays in the Conveyancing Process

February 22, 2017

When buying a home, there are a million and one variables that could cause the process to pause and you could find yourself in a lengthier process than you ever imagined. However, there are a few pitfalls that you could easily avoid in order to speed up the process. Thankfully we’ve compiled a few of […]

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What can go wrong in conveyancing?

February 26, 2016

This new contribution is based on conveyancing legal practice in the UK including warnings on what could go wrong. Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring property from one owner to another. It sounds simple, but there are many things that can crop up along the way that can extend or totally disrupt the process- […]

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Over 50% of leaseholders unaware of the rules on leaseholds – and it could cost them thousands!

November 19, 2015

A recent survey has shown property owners in the UK have a ‘shocking’ lack of understanding of the rules of leaseholds, due primarily to bad conveyancing advice. Research from law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp claims leaseholders don’t know nearly enough about how leases work, the rules on extension of leases and most disturbingly, the consequences […]

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Four Factors to Consider when Gifting Property to Family Members

May 1, 2014

(Australian Law) The decision to gift your property to family members is a generous one, and you probably have the best of intentions. However, have you considered the possible negative events that could happen as a result of your gift? Transferring your valuable assets to an irresponsible family member could damage the value of your […]

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Five reasons to invest in Spain NOW

December 6, 2013

Five reasons to invest in real estate in Spain After more than five years of crisis, uncertainty about when to recover the brick industry has given way to a widespread optimism, thanks largely to the closure of operations of foreign investors. “It has opened a new stage in the Spanish property market. In recent months, […]

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A Guide to Buying or Selling Your Home

November 22, 2013

The normal property conveyancing process takes between 2 and 3 months. Sellers will have to draw up an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), before they can attempt to sell the building. They must also make their offers through their estate agent, if they’ve decided to work with a third party company to sell their property. Once […]

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The Conveyancing Process Explained

October 16, 2013

Until they actually come to buy a residential property, many people are unaware of what a Conveyancing process is or what it entails. Conveyancing refers to the legal process of legally transferring ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer. The process begins at the time when the offer is accepted and the […]

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Chancel Repair – Business as Usual?

October 15, 2013

Church – No! Conveyancers – Yes!   Why?   Chancel Repair Liability will still affect properties that transact post the 12th October 2013. As only 5% of properties transact in the UK every year, this leaves 95% of properties still vulnerable after year 1. (Please note that this 5% is not all new properties, as […]

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Energy ratings put property owners in hot water!

August 14, 2013

Legislation in 2007/2008 saw the introduction of energy performance certificates (EPCs) which show the energy efficiency of a property and contain recommendations as to how that efficiency can be improved. An energy performance certificate is now required whenever a residential or commercial property is let or sold in England or Wales (subject to certain minimal […]

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Relaxation of Planning Permission for Extensions

August 13, 2013

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) Amendment 2013 came into effect on 30th May 2013.  For a period of three years, between 30th May 2013 and 30th May 2016, homeowners may be able to build bigger single storey rear extensions onto their properties under the permitted development rules i.e. they would not […]

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