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Every year thousands of people move home within the Leeds area and, as an approachable, efficient and innovative practice, situated in North Leeds, we are ideally placed to assist in all of your conveyancing needs.

You may be contemplating buying your first home or simply moving along the property ladder. Your requirements could be as an investor on a “Buy to Let” basis or a gift to a loved one through a simple Transfer of Equity.

Contact one of our specialist residential property solicitors in Leeds for further advice on how we can help you

What is the conveyancing process?

The conveyancing process for sellers involves the following steps:

Step 1 The seller accepts an offer on their home.
Step 2 The seller instructs a solicitor and proof of ID checks are done.
Step 3 The seller’s solicitor gathers information from the seller about the leasehold or freehold, the contents, fixtures, and fittings.
Step 4 The title deeds are obtained.
Step 5 The draft contract and documentation are sent to the buyer’s solicitor who checks them and raises any enquiries. Once agreed upon by both sides, the contracts are signed.
Step 6 Exchange of contracts and completion are arranged.
Step 7 The solicitor checks the transfer deed and handles the payment made by the buyer. 
Once fees are deducted the remaining funds are transferred to the seller.

 

Conveyancing process for buyers

The conveyancing process for buyers involves the following steps:

Step 1 The buyer makes an offer on a house that is accepted by the seller.
Step 2 The buyer instructs a solicitor and proof of ID checks are done.
Step 3 The buyer arranges a survey and applies for a mortgage.
Step 4 The buyer’s solicitor obtains the contract pack and raises any enquiries with the seller’s solicitor. Once agreed upon by both sides, the contracts are signed.
Step 5 Searches are completed on the house.
Step 6 The buyer arranges for the deposit money to be transferred to their solicitor.
Step 7 A transfer deed is drafted and sent to the seller’s solicitor.
Step 8 Exchange of contracts and completion are arranged.
Step 9 The solicitor checks the transfer deed and handles the payment made by the buyer.
Step 10 The property is registered with the Land Registry.

How long does the conveyancing process take?

Typically the conveyancing process can take around 8-12 weeks, however, this really depends on many different factors. 

The time it takes is dependent on how quickly each side can gather the information that the solicitors need to process the sale. Also, if there is a conveyancing chain, the process can take longer which is often out of your hands. 

What documents are needed for conveyancing?

The documents needed for conveyancing vary depending on the type of property you are buying and whether you are the seller or the buyer. 

However, regardless of whether you are selling or buying, you will always need to provide proof of identification and proof of address. This will include providing a passport or driving license along with a utility bill.

What documents do solicitors need when selling a house?

Conveyancing solicitors will generally need the following documentation when selling a property:

  • Proof of ownership - the property title deeds
  • Seller’s Property Information Form
  • Certificates (such as EPC), guarantees, warranties (such as window installation or boiler warranties), and planning permission documents (if any work has been completed on the house)
  • Fitting and Contents Form detailing everything that will remain in the property
  • Leasehold or shared freehold information
  • Mortgage information

It may be that further information is required for your individual situation.

What information does a solicitor need when buying a house?

Conveyancing solicitors will generally need the following information when buying a property:

  • Proof of funds - bank statements showing that you have enough money for the deposit or cash funds to buy the house
  • A mortgage offer from a valid lender

It may be that further information is required for your individual situation.

Call us now to discuss your conveyancing needs on 0113 320 5000

Do I need a survey when buying a house?

The general principle is that it is the buyer’s responsibility to be satisfied with the general condition of the property purchased. Provided a buyer is not misled by the seller, they cannot complain after the exchange of contracts and completion as to its condition

If a mortgage is being obtained, a valuer on behalf of the lender will inspect the property, but only usually to ensure that the value of the property is more than the amount borrowed. 

In practice, the same valuer, on payment of a fee, will carry out a more detailed report, which can be relied upon if you, as the buyer, later discover a problem with the property.

If perhaps you are not purchasing the property using a mortgage, then it is wise to get an independent survey as you want to ensure that the property is structurally sound and that you do not experience any unwelcome surprises once the sale has gone through.

A survey will give you details about any issues in the property such as damp, subsidence, or slipped tiles on the roof for instance. It will also provide an explanation of the work that may need to be done on the property to make sure that it is safe. A survey is helpful to give you an idea of everything you must be aware of before taking the plunge.

Do you need a solicitor to buy a house?

Technically, you do not need a solicitor to buy a house, but you will need a qualified person to go through the legal and administrative process of purchasing a property.

It is advised that you instruct a regulated organisation or individual to assist you with the transaction in order to avoid property fraud scams.

What does a conveyancing solicitor do?

A conveyancing solicitor handles the whole conveyancing process from start to finish.

It is the role of the conveyancing solicitor to deal with the legal transfer of property ownership. 

They will liaise with the other party’s solicitors and request the correct documentation they need to follow their checks. 

  1. They will go through the contract package
  2. They will complete searches on the property by applying to the local authority
  3. They will check the survey (if applicable) to see if there is anything to be aware of
  4. They will request official title documents from the Land Registry
  5. They will check how much is outstanding on the mortgage (if applicable)
  6. They will verify the exchange of contracts and complete the legal transaction
     

Fully Regulated Conveyancing Professionals in Leeds

If you are looking for an experienced solicitor to buy a house in Leeds or to help you through the conveyancing process as a seller or investor, we are on hand to assist with all your needs. 

We pride ourselves on providing a high-quality and reliable service through clear communication and specialist guidance.

Fixed fee

We will give you an honest and fair quote based on the details you give us about your situation. Our service will often include a fixed fee conveyancing quote.

What is a Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) approved practice?

We are an approved Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) practice. This means that we are regulated by the Law Society to ensure high standards in the home buying process and to prevent fraud in the residential property market.

What our clients say about our conveyancing service

Our clients value our communicative, cost-effective, and speedy residential conveyancing services. With over 2000 5-star reviews we are positive that we can meet your high expectations.

At Winston Solicitors, our clients are our first priority which is why we tailor our service to your needs. 

We offer:

  • Bespoke legal solutions to suit your conveyancing needs
  • A cost-effective yet efficient property service
  • On-site parking for easy access
  • Wheelchair user access
  • An office space outside of the centre of Leeds

If you are looking for the best conveyancing solicitors in Leeds we would be delighted to assist you. Please contact us by emailing @email or call us on 0113 320 5000.

How to contact our residential conveyancing solicitors in Leeds

Our specialist conveyancing solicitors in Leeds have a wealth of experience and are able to deal with both simple and complex cases comprising freehold, leasehold, registered and unregistered property.

We help to ensure that your transaction is dealt with in an efficient and professional manner with updates provided at each key stage of the process.

If you need to instruct a conveyancing lawyer in Leeds, get in touch with us today. We are always happy to help you.

Contact our friendly team of solicitors for residential conveyancing in Leeds by calling 0113 320 5000, or email info@winstonsolicitors.co.uk.

Alternatively, complete our contact form for further information on our conveyancing services and we will get in touch with you. 

We are based in Leeds, for more information on how you can get to us visit our information page.

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We will always provide you with a fixed priced conveyancing quote, by email, online or telephone. The price will not alter unless the transaction is different to that which has been quoted. An example might be where the quote is for a property with registered title, but the property actually has unregistered title. We will provide a clear explanation of why there is any alteration to the price.

The average time is six to eight weeks for a sale and eight to 12 weeks for a purchase, but this can vary, depending on the length of the chain involved. The shortest time could be only a few days, if a buyer was purchasing an empty property and had the purchase monies available without needing a mortgage. However, it could take longer than average if there is a long chain and the person at the end is waiting for a buyer to be able to proceed. Your solicitor will keep you fully informed of progress developments.

Your solicitor will fully protect your interests and that of any lender on a purchase, to ensure that no adverse entries arise which could affect the property generally. Such matters would be revealed on the searches and the transaction would not proceed until any issues are resolved.

The cost varies, dependent upon the particular area where the property is being purchased. The total cost of the search pack we provide is £195.00 and the solicitor will request an initial payment to cover the cost of these at the outset, when they are submitted. A seller is no longer required to provide searches.

The general principle is that it is the buyer’s responsibility to be satisfied as to the general condition of a property purchased. Provided a buyer is not misled by the seller, he cannot complain after exchange of contracts and completion as to its condition. If a mortgage is being obtained, a valuer on behalf of the lender will inspect the property, but only usually to ensure that the value of the property is more than the amount borrowed. In practice, the same valuer, on payment of a fee, will carry out a more detailed report, which can be relied upon if you, as buyer, later discover a problem with the property.