Residential property

“Through your professionalism to get the right answers to enquiries, ensure nothing was missed or cause future issues you have ensured our best interests were always taken into consideration, which held us in good stead to finally get a place called home.”

Client South Coast

“Someone always returned our calls or emails and kept us up to date through the whole purchase process”

Mr L & Ms H Portsmouth
Our Residential Property team provides an expert service to national and international clients requiring an independent and professional approach to residential property conveyancing.

Main areas of practice 

Our team of residential property specialists are highly experienced in dealing with all types of property purchases and sales including:

  • Freehold and leasehold property sale or purchase - whether registered or unregistered we will advise on the procedures and documentation and give you regular progress reports throughout the transaction. We find it valuable to meet with our clients to go through all documentation but will also supply you with a high quality written report containing the documentation for future reference
  • Buying property at auction - this process differs from the typical buying process as you are legally bound to purchase the property if successful in your bid. It is therefore important that you obtain an auction pack from the auctioneers beforehand which we will consider for you

We work closely with other specialist teams to cover a whole range of related residential property matters, for example inheritance, tax, trusts and planning law issues. A full listing can be found below in Related Expertise

Clients 

Our residential property solicitors advise and act for private UK buyers and sellers, as well as overseas clients who wish to buy property in the UK. We are also recommended as preferred solicitors to buyers of new-build houses by a number of the region's leading residential property developers.  

Additional expertise 

Our team is also able to assist with a range of other residential property matters, including:

  • Shared ownership/shared equity - we have specialists experienced in acting for both individuals and Housing Associations who can ensure the correct procedures are followed and advise you on the requirements.
  • Extending a lease and/or buying the freehold - for tenants who may have the right to enfranchise (purchase the freehold) or to extend their lease, we advise on all aspects of the process, from whether you qualify, to approval of the necessary documentation.
  • Transfers of equity/deeds of gift - it may be necessary to change the ownership of your property, for example following a separation or divorce. In these instances, and many others, a transfer of equity will be required and we can prepare this for you.
  • Financial arrangements - we can assist in connection with all mortgages (redemption of an existing mortgage, re-mortgage with a new lender, or the taking of a new mortgage when buying a property), private loans and Home Equity Release Schemes.
  • Residential tenancies and licences - we can prepare Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements or licences
  • Granting and terminating rights of way and other easements - rights of way and other easements include rights of access to and from a property, parking area or common area; rights of drainage and other services; rights of repair and many more.
  • Residential property services for businesses – these include: acquisition and disposal of businesses with residential property attached; relocation conveyancing schemes; residential property services for new developments; and farm land sales and purchase and agricultural tenancies.
For a free written quote or immediate advice on the telephone, on buying or selling a house, please contact a member of our team.

“There were inevitably periods when little or nothing was happening, but we would still like to have received regular brief updates by email or phone. ”

Mr & Mrs M 2016

“It is a great comfort to know that [we] have a trustworthy and reliable organisation we can call upon when needed, within a local area to our primary residence.”

Client, Oxford

“I couldn't have asked for any better help and I would say that this is the best I have experienced over the years.”

Mr. M Southampton

“Many thanks for all your help. I have appreciated your thoroughness and the speed with which you have worked.”

Mrs. B Oxford

Related expertise

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