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Possessory Title Indemnity Insurance
Possessory title indemnity insurance is invariably compulsory if you're looking to buy a home which has possessory title only using a mortgage and is a convenient way of protecting your interests should someone make a claim on your property to the Land Registry. This article looks at:...
Title Checker Conveyancing Search
A Title Checker Search delivers an easy to read summary of a property's Land Registry title and can be used for any property in England and Wales (not Scotland or Northern Ireland). It will also include information from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) Handbook Parts 1 and 2 if there is a...
Auction Conveyancing - Our buyers guide
Auction Title Checker Pre-Auction Report Post-Auction Conveyancing Short on time? Get a report that...
What is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO)? What are the new HMO regulations?
A house in multiple occupation (HMO) is a property rented out by at least 3 people who are not from one 'household' (for example a family), but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen. It's sometimes called a 'house share'. Legally you need to have a special HMO licence for each HMO you run....
Stamp duty for overseas buyers
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rules are different for overseas buyers, buying property in England. The current stamp duty rules mean that if a buyer is purchasing a property, that isn't replacing their main residence, then an additional 3% stamp duty is payable - payable on top of the standard rate of...
Etridge Letter - Why is it needed for Independent Legal Advice?
Independent legal advice is most commonly linked to a mortgage where the lender requires a solicitor independent to the transaction to advise a client who is at risk, effected by or doesn't benefit from the mortgage. Often viewed as a 'tick box' exercise for the client who is more interested in...
Stamp Duty for Transferring Property to Company
Regarding stamp duty for transferring property to company, the normal stamp duty rules do not apply as it is the market value, not the actual consideration paid that stamp duty is calculated on. This can come as a shock to many buy to let landlords looking to move their property/ies into a company...
How do I transfer a partnership to a limited company with no SDLT
A property can be transferred from a partnership to a limited company and there is no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) liability to pay. The upsides to this structure are clear, especially as transfers from connected parties of a company pay full stamp duty at the additional rate (read more on this here...
Online Conveyancing Quotes - The truth behind the low fees
Online conveyancing quotes have always come under scrutiny as their seemingly too cheap to be true prices almost never tally with the much larger sum of money demanded by the solicitor at the end. There is also a stigma around using an Online Conveyancing Solicitor; fearing that you'll never get to...
Exchanging Contracts
Exchange of contracts is the key moment in the conveyancing process; even more so than completion (read what happens on completion). Once your solicitor has exchanged contracts with the seller's solicitors you will be contractually bound to buy the property you have been working so hard to buy and...
How we uncovered the truth behind the Help to Buy ISA
We were delighted to hear about the launch of the Help to Buy ISA when George Osbourne announced it in the House of Commons. Its stated purpose was "to tackle the biggest challenges facing first time buyers; the low interest rates when you build up your savings and the high deposits required by the...
No Sale No Fee Conveyancing
No sale no fee is a USP that some conveyancing solicitors provide with their quotes and offers a form of security against the legal fees when a property transaction falls through. With an estimated 1 in 3 home moves not completing, you can see why having no sale no fee solicitors' guarantee is a...
Right to Manage Leasehold Process
Section 42 Notice - What You Need to Know
Tips for Choosing the Best Conveyancing Solicitors
What are Leasehold Service Charges?
What happens when you get repossessed? The 7 stages
Lease Extension Cost
Occupier Consent Form - What does your mortgage lender need?
When do you pay your house deposit?
5 top tips for fast conveyancing!
Conveyancing for £99 - The Scam of Cheap Conveyancing
Help to Buy Loan Repayment
Independent Legal Advice
Lease Extension Solicitors
Transfer of Equity Process
What is Shared Ownership?
Gifting Property - 4 ways to gift your property
No Fensa Certificate for Windows - can you get one retrospectively?
Form 17 Income Tax declaration of beneficial interest in joint property and income
Lifetime ISA vs Help to Buy ISA
What is a Deed of Variation?
Transfer ownership of property to wife or spouse
Key Worker Housing Scheme
What happens on completion day?
How Long Between Exchange and Completion