Conveyancing Solicitors
HomeBuyers Report

Post Completion

Officially you have nothing more to do other than to unpack! After completion, your solicitor pays your files your Stamp Duty Land Tax form and pays any tax due. If leasehold, they will obtain notice from the freeholder/management agent. Finally they will register your property at the Land Registry.
Your solicitor has 30 days to file your stamp duty land tax return and pay any tax due. After this they’ll register the property at the Land Registry and this can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months to be registered (there is quite a backlog at the Land Registry!).
Final Step To-Do List

Register for Property Alerts*
* This is a service provided by the Land Registry
Protect your property from fraud!

Once you have completed and your property registered, you should take steps to protect your property from being fraudulently sold or mortgaged. You can sign up to get property alerts from the Land Registry if someone applies to change the register of your property, for example if someone tries to use your property for a mortgage.

This won’t automatically block any changes to the register but will alert you when something changes so that you can take action.

You can get alerts for up to 10 properties - there’s no fee. To register go to – Land Registry: Property Alert service.

Andrew Boast FMAAT MIC is co-founder of SAM Conveyancing.