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Conveyancing

Whether you’re buying your first home, moving property or purchasing a holiday home, the need to ensure any legal requirements and processes are dealt with correctly can be daunting.

Our specialist team are qualified in all aspects of property law and are there to help provide a smooth transition, helping you avoid any pitfalls and protecting your interests at every stage of the process. They will explain everything you need to consider around the costs and expenses involved, such as Stamp Duty, VAT, land registry fees and search fees, to ensure you are ready to proceed.

We understand the stress that can be part and parcel of buying or selling a property. Our conveyancing solicitors will make sure you receive information and updates only when you need them, maintaining a constant dialogue to provide updates as each stage is completed.

Remortgaging

Remortgaging is undertaken for a variety of reasons, most commonly for obtaining a better deal or to increase the size of your existing mortgage if you need to release funds for home improvements. Whatever your reason for remortgaging, many of the legal processes you will have experienced from your first mortgage will also apply on remortgaging.

An important aspect for many people remortgaging their home is that it is completed quickly. Our remortgaging solicitors will deal with the legal requirements as quickly as possible, while ensuring our priority always in protecting your legal position.

Equity release

If you are considering releasing some of the equity in your home, it is crucial to ensure the rights to your property are not compromised by the scheme you are considering and that it is appropriate to your circumstances. Ideally, you should check that the scheme belongs to the Safe Home Income Plans (SHIP) Code of Conduct, but we can advise you on this if you are unsure.

Our equity release solicitors can guide you through the various issues surrounding equity release schemes, including considerations such as the impact on arrangements made in your will and how the plan affects your inheritance tax situation. We will explain the benefits and potential problems of these arrangements and how they affect your estate.

Buy-to-let, tenancy and lease arrangements

We provide help and advice on all aspects of landlord and tenancy law, providing advice to landlords on how to deal with difficult tenants and assistance for tenants whose landlords are acting outside the law, or ignoring their responsibilities to tenants.

If you are considering purchasing property with a view to using it for buy-to-let purposes, it is vital that you take expert legal advice to consider the commitments and obligations you will be taking on, as you will be effectively starting a small business by becoming a landlord. As a result, you will need to find tenants, check their references, collect rent and deal with any tenant disputes.

Our practitioners can guide you through the legal responsibilities, such as carrying out repairs, maintaining the safe supply of gas and electricity and ensuring fire safety regulations for premises and furnishings are met. We can also draw up tenancy agreements, deal with tenant disputes, termination of leases (including Notices to Quit) and, if required, instigate eviction procedures, giving you peace of mind that matters are taken care of thoroughly.