Conveyancing Solicitors Yorkshire
Our expert residential property conveyancing solicitors have been helping clients in Leeds, York, Sheffield and throughout Yorkshire, to buy and sell residential property for many years.
Whether you are a first time buyer, seeking a family home or buying the property of your dreams, our friendly and experienced team will make sure the transaction is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible and that you are fully informed of the process at every stage.
Buying and selling property is a complex procedure with the potential of becoming stressful and frustrating. Concluding a property transaction in the UK can take time, but by working with Lupton Fawcett you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that no time is being wasted.
Richard and the team did a fantastic job on the sale of our house. They were efficient, pro-active and happy to answer all queries. I would definitely look to recommend them and look forward to using them in the future.
Expert Property Conveyancing Services
Based on years of experience covering thousands of property transactions, our conveyancing service is designed to pre-empt issues and minimise delays. We’ll be in regular contact with you, making sure everything is clear, and helping you through every step of the process.
For more information about our residential property conveyancing service, get in touch today by calling 0333 323 5292, or fill out the enquiry form and we’ll call you back within 24 hours.
For an indication of the costs and fees involved in conveyancing, please click here to view our up-to-date schedule of costs.
We can offer advice in the following areas:
- Leasehold property
- Joint ownership/transfer of ownership
- Auction sales and purchases
- Transferring equity
- Tenancy agreements
- Buy-to-let sales or purchases
- All types of leasehold property
Residential Property Market in Yorkshire
While the forecasts for the property market in Yorkshire at the start of 2020 were full of optimism, it remains to be seen how things will eventually unfold given the unprecedented events in the first half of the year.
Looking back at the previous 12 months in January 2020, a Property Investment UK report found that house prices in Harrogate had outpaced all other areas in the region, rising by 3.47% to an average price of £357,583, while Doncaster remained a buyers’ market with prices dipping slightly to an average of £164,730. The average property price in the Yorkshire region between June 2019 and May 2020 was £190,000.
Supply has outstripped demand in the region for some time now, with pressure from lots of different types of buyers looking for property here. For instance, there has been an increase in second home buyers looking for a rural retreat in Yorkshire. There’s also been a larger number of people using remote working opportunities to relocate to areas offering a better lifestyle for their families and better value in their property purchase.
There is an abundance of stunning countryside throughout the region including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, as well as the world-famous North York Coastline including resorts and fishing villages such as Whitby, Scarborough and Robin Hood’s bay.
Add this to the high number of good schools, good transport links and lower population than other parts of the country, it is easy to see why so many people are interested in purchasing a residential property in Yorkshire.
Whether you are a first-time buyer, a Yorkshire expat coming home, a second home buyer or retiree moving to the country, we have the local expertise to support you. Contact us today to discuss your plans.
Residential Property Conveyancing
Conveyancing is the legal transfer of property from one person to another. The transaction takes place in two stages. The first stage is to fix all the terms of the deal being agreed, called ‘exchange’. And the second stage is ‘Completion’ when the title transfer takes place.
Residential property law is particularly complicated, and without the right support, transactions can go wrong, and issues could crop up that could have otherwise been avoided.
The process has become gradually more complicated over the years and now includes questions about energy ratings, energy providers, sewers, insulation, proximity of telegraph poles and even chancel repair liability.
Our solicitors will help to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, protecting your interests at all times. We aim to minimise delays, communicate regularly, and provide practical solutions to any issues that may arise.
The Stages of Conveyancing for Freehold/Leasehold Property Purchases
- Approve the sales contract and if necessary, negotiating any required changes with the seller’s legal advisors.
- Extensive review of the legal title to the property, to ensure that the seller is legally entitled to sell the property; and to ensure that there are no onerous covenants or rights which will affect your use and enjoyment of the property.
- Carry out Local Authority searches and analysis of the results to ensure amongst other things, that all necessary planning permission and Building Regulations approvals are in place; whether the property abuts a publicly maintainable highway; the results of any Tree Preservation Orders, details of any nearby road schemes, details of any proposed compulsory purchase, and whether there are any orders in place that would create further liabilities.
- Carrying out further searches in relation to drainage and water supply, environmental history, and other locally relevant matters such as mining. Analysing the search reports on receipt to ensure that there are no onerous liabilities attached to the property.
- Corresponding with the seller’s solicitor to raise additional enquiries to address the results of our research and searches so that any issues that we revealed are clarified and/or dealt with.
- Review the mortgage offer and report to you on the details, clarifying any special conditions imposed by the lender.
- Reporting to the lender any issues that have been uncovered and confirming how we intend to deal with these.
- Providing you with a written summary of our findings from reviewing the legal title and the search reports. Providing you with the contract for your signature, along with a prepared Stamp Duty Land Tax return for filing with HMRC.
- Exchanging Contracts and carrying out final pre-completion searches with the Land Registry to ensure that there have been no further amendments to the legal title, and to ensure that you have priority to register your ownership of the property.
- Preparing the completion statement to show all payments made and received and providing you with a balance required in order to complete your purchase.
- Raising requisitions on title and checking the replies, including undertakings to redeem seller’s existing charges.
- Drafting and agreeing a simple transfer of registered title form TR1.
- Reporting to the lender to request the release of the mortgage advance.
- Completing the purchase; submitting a return to the HMRC to account for any Stamp Duty Land Tax to be paid; ensuring that any necessary indemnity policies are in place from the date of completion.
- Registering the transaction with the Land Registry and ensuring that your ownership, any Mortgage and any other pertinent matters are correctly recorded.
- Forwarding to you and your lender a copy of the updated Registers of Title.
The Stages of Conveyancing for Freehold/Leasehold Property Sales
- Check and deduce legal title, draft contracts for sale and advise you on the terms.
- Communicate with the buyer’s solicitors at key stages.
- Prepare financial statements.
- Send the final contract to you for signature.
- Exchange contracts and notify you when this has happened.
- Liaise with you to sign the transfer of registered title form TR1.
- Agree on a completion date.
- Produce a completion statement setting out the amount to be paid to you on completion after all necessary deductions including repayment of your mortgage and payments to your estate agent. Collect money on completion.
- Notify you, your estate agent, the seller of completion, and account to you for the balance of the sale proceeds.
Pre-Sale Conveyancing Service
If you are planning to sell your house, you are likely to experience challenges to the price you want to achieve if your purchaser is able to point out unexplained title problems or historic planning, building irregularities or other anomalies.
Lupton Fawcett’s Quickstep Service offers a reliable, inexpensive solution.
Our experienced team of conveyancing solicitors will prepare a full report for you highlighting issues any prospective purchaser is likely to raise. It will include a full title report and advice on how to resolve any issues which may limit the saleability of your property.
Lupton Fawcett’s Quickstep will help you to discover, for example:
- Whether any title or other important documents are missing.
- Anything in the title which might limit the ability of a purchaser to obtain mortgage funding.
- Problems with planning permissions, building regulations consents.
- Whether any pre-existing covenants have been breached.
What does Lupton Fawcett’s Quickstep cost?
If you instruct us to prepare a Quickstep report, it will be free of charge* provided you complete a sale of your property within 9 months of the date of the report and you instruct Lupton Fawcett to act for you in the sale at our prevailing charge rate (which will vary depending on the sale price and other factors). If you do not meet these criteria, then our charge of £150 (plus VAT) will be payable.
How do we get started?
Please complete the questionnaire. We will review this and then contact you to discuss how to take the matter forward.
Contact our Yorkshire Conveyancing Solicitors today
At Lupton Fawcett, our specialist Conveyancing Solicitors are on hand to help with any aspect of residential property to ensure you get the desired outcome as quickly as possible. We understand the importance of timing and reliability when it comes to residential property sales and purchases, so you can rely on us to drive the process forward on your behalf.
Lupton Fawcett are a leading personal and commercial law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced conveyancing solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York.
We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.
Our Residential Property Solicitors act regularly for clients across Yorkshire including Bradford, Chesterfield, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Rotherham, Wakefield.
As a recognised full service law firm, we can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.
Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly. We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help.