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    Award winning conveyancing solicitors based in London, Brighton & Sussex.

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    Conveyancing Services

    Our conveyancing solicitors have a vast amount of experience in property law and we deal with all aspects, including the following, quickly and efficiently:

    • Purchases of homes
    • Sales of homes
    • Freeholds
    • Leaseholds
    • Shared ownership schemes
    • Remortgaging
    • Lease extensions
    • Transfers of Equity – changing the property into joint/sole names
    • Rights to Buy from your Local Authority
    • Assisted buying schemes – Help to Buy
    • Auction Sales and Purchases

    If you are buying or selling your property, our conveyancing solicitors offer an unrivalled legal service. We provide the following as standard to our clients to ensure your matter proceeds as smoothly as possible:

    • Direct dial to your conveyancing solicitors
    • Experienced staff available all day – no closure over lunch period
    • No hidden charges
    • Competitive fees
    • Phone/Email updates

    We provide a dedicated team of experienced conveyancing solicitors and staff to take the strain out of moving. We work closely with estate agents and mortgage brokers to ensure all parties are up to date with the latest developments.

    The following are step-by-step simplified guides to the conveyancing process in England and Wales. We are happy to chat with you about any queries you may have about buying or selling your house. Give us a call on 0207 822 4108 or get in touch via our online contact form.

    • The first step in the conveyancing process is for us to send you a ‘letter of instruction’ which you will need to sign and return to give your conveyancing solicitor the authority to act on your behalf.
    • A local authority search is then carried out to establish if there is anything adverse registered against the property, for example a compulsory purchase order or a breach of planning permission.  We will also carry out a drainage search and an environmental search which will report on things such as flood risk and ground stability and advise whether any further enquiries are necessary.
    • In some hotspot areas a mining search will be undertaken. Other searches may also be necessary depending on the geographical location of the property.
    • An initial draft contract will be sent by the seller’s solicitors which will outline the terms of the proposed purchase and which we will amend if necessary.  The title documents will be thoroughly checked to ensure the title is good and there are no defects. Any issues will be addressed and you will be kept up to date with our progress.  Whilst we are doing this, you should consider instructing a surveyor to inspect the property and to advise you if there are any defects or problems.
    • Once the contract is agreed and everything is in order, contracts can be exchanged.  You will need to pay a deposit of 10% of the purchase price and at that point both you and the seller will be committed to the transaction and you will lose your 10% deposit and possibly be sued for further sums if you do not complete your purchase.
    • You will need to make sure that you have buildings insurance in place from the date when contracts are exchanged as that is when risk passes to you.
    •  Once contracts are exchanged, we will let you know how much money we will need from you to complete your purchase.  This will include our fees, the stamp duty, land registry fees etc.  You will need to get this money to us by the day before completion at the latest.  We will also ask your mortgage lender to send us your mortgage funds the day before completion.  If you have not already done so, you will need to sign the mortgage deed and return it to us.
    • On the day of completion we will send the purchase money over to the seller’s conveyancing solicitors.  When they receive it they will authorise the estate agents to release the keys to you and you can then start to move in.
    • We will then pay the stamp duty to HMRC and register the transfer of the property at HM Land Registry.  The Land Registry is very busy at the moment so this can take a few weeks but as soon as registration is completed we will send you a copy of the updated title showing you as the owner of the property.
    • Sellers typically instruct a solicitor after a formal offer has been made.  Our solicitors will send you a ‘letter of instruction’ for you to sign to give your solicitor the authority to act on your behalf.
    • You will then be asked to complete a number of questionnaires about the property on various areas such as boundary disputes, known proposed developments, fixtures and fittings included in the sale
    • We will obtain a copy of your title and then use this to draft a contract to reflect the agreed terms and send this to the buyer’s solicitors together with the questionnaires and any other relevant paperwork.
    • The buyer’s solicitors will then raise enquiries on the paperwork we have submitted to them and possibly require amendments to the contract and we will deal with these point in accordance with your instructions.  The buyer’s solicitors will also carry out searches against the property.
    • Once the buyer’s solicitors are satisfied with everything and the buyer has his mortgage offer if he needs one, contracts can be exchanged.  Please note that if there is a chain then even if both you and the buyer are ready to exchange there may be a delay whilst the rest of the chain catches up.
    • Once you have exchanged contracts you will be in a legally binding contract to sell the property. This means if the buyer does not complete the purchase, you can keep their deposit and they can be sued.  If you do not complete, you can also be sued, either for the buyer’s losses or to force you to sell the property to the buyer.
    • Although risk will pass to the buyer on exchange of contracts, we recommend that you should keep your buildings insurance in place until the date of completion just in case the property is damaged and your buyer doesn’t complete.
    • Once contracts have been exchanged you will need to sign a transfer deed which will transfer the property to the buyer.  We will contact your mortgage lender to find out how much is outstanding on your mortgage and then we will send you a statement showing how much money will be due to you on completion after taking account of our own fees, the redemption of your mortgage, your estate agents’ charges and any other sums.  On completion day you will need to hand your keys over to the estate agents and when we receive the purchase moneys from the buyer’s solicitors we will authorize the estate agents to release the keys to the buyers so they can move in.  We will then send you your sale proceeds or transfer it to your purchase if you are buying another house.
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    • Stamp Duty Holiday

      10th July 2020

      Partner & Head of Real Estate, Kiri Kkoshi, comments on the recent government announcement regarding stamp duty holiday.

      In a move designed to revitalise the property market, the government has introduced a temporary Stamp Duty “holiday”. Continue reading »

    Residential Property Conveyancing awards
    • Winner of the MoneyAge Mortgage Conveyancer of the Year 2020
    • Shortlisted for MoneyAge Mortgage Conveyancer of the Year 2019
    • Winner of the MoneyAge Mortgage Conveyancer of the Year 2018
    • Shortlisted for the "Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year” at The LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018.
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    • Spring Budget 2021 Change ‘Generation Rent to Generation Buy’

      3rd March 2021

      In a bid to keep the UK economy stable, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces new plans to support home buyers

      During today’s Spring Budget announcement, the chancellor confirmed that he would boost support for home buyers through a mortgage guarantee.

      Several major lenders including Natwest, Lloyds, Barclays, Santander and HSBC have agreed to provide 95% mortgages to home buyers in return for a government guarantee on those mortgages.

      Low-deposit mortgage accessibility has declined since the pandemic started, which has made home-ownership unreachable for many. But the government hopes that these plans will give more people the support and opportunity to buy their own homes.

      It was also announced that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday in England and Northern Ireland will be extended for purchases up to £500,000 until the 30th June, meaning home buyers avoid the stamp duty levy on purchases under that amount. After this date, the starting rate of Stamp Duty will be £250,000 until the end of September, before returning to the previous level of £125,000.

      Daniel Winslow, Partner and Head of Leasehold Services at Healys LLP comments:

      “In the end then the announcement was largely as anticipated, but for perhaps a few additional reveals here and there. In my view extending the SDLT holiday will provide a much needed crutch for the economy to rest its weight whilst its other limbs scramble for footing as we move out of lockdown. The tapering back of the SDLT thresholds is also an interesting development and one which I am in favour of. Suddenly stopping the SDLT holiday (whether at the end of March or the end of June) would have almost certainly lead to a shock to the market and to the economy as a whole. By delaying and then tapering back the SDLT limit (and introducing the 95% mortgages) the government clearly hopes to either stop that from happening completely or at least turn that cliff edge many have been talking about into a downward hill to an eventual (hopefully high) plateau. If property transactions do decline then by the time we all get to that plateau the economy will hopefully be ready to throw away its crutch and start running!

      “In terms of the 95% mortgages, I think this is an excellent introduction, provided of course it is done safely. It will give many perfectly worthy potential homeowners the chance to achieve their dreams where previously they would have been priced out of the market. Much talk has been made of a lack of housing stock, but when has there ever been enough housing? Also, who says only the cash rich should be entitled to be homeowners? I think it helps provide a level playing field, and it is one that I am all for.”

      Healys LLP are award winning conveyancing solicitors based in London, Brighton & Sussex. Our conveyancing solicitors have a vast amount of experience in property law and we deal with all aspects, including the purchases & sales of homes, freeholds, leaseholds, shared ownership schemes, remortgaging, lease extensions and more. For more legal updates or legal advice, please visit Healys LLP’s website.