Residential Property Solicitors in Sussex

Residential Property Solicitors in Sussex

Whether you are buying your first home or your dream home, our experienced solicitors and lawyers will guide you through the conveyaning process.

We value our reputation which is based on exceptional service and that’s why our clients come back to us and recommend us to others too. That’s important as we believe that the expertise and service we offer our clients sets us apart.

If you are moving home, or buying and selling an investment property or taking out a mortgage we are here to help you through every step of the process.

What is residential conveyancing?

In a nutshell, conveyancing is the legal work involved when buying or selling property or transferring the ownership from one person to another.

Typically a sale or purchase will include preparing a contract, investigating title, searches, exchange of contracts, payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax and registration at HM Land Registry.

Most people use a law firm to do the work for them as real estate law can be a complicated business and is governed by property, mortgage and common law.

If a mortgage loan is involved, you will need a lawyer.

What are property searches?

What are they and what do they mean for you? Are they necessary?

These are not usually something you come across unless you are involved in buying and selling a property but they are standard for residential conveyancing. There are a variety of searches available which not only provide information about a property but some will provide details about land in the area.

The purpose of the searches is to discover information which may impact on your decision to buy the property.

If you are buying with a mortgage, you will need to have some searches and reports. Even if you don’t need a mortgage we think you should have searches to protect your investment.

Why choose Coole Bevis LLP to carry out my conveyancing?

We understand property law and our expert team of residential solicitors and conveyancers explain it to you in a helpful and informative way.

Every transaction is different and we have seen them all, houses, flats, cottages, bungalows, city centre apartments, country mansions or house boats across England and Wales and we can help you with yours.

We know how important buying and selling is to you and work with you, the estate agent and mortgage broker to complete all your legal work and provide our customers with the advice you need.

We are accredited to the Conveyancing Quality Scheme(CQS) and our experienced residential property team can help.

Our residential property team can help you with:

  • Selling a home
  • Buying a home
  • Auction sales and purchases
  • Transfer of equity
  • Buy to let
  • Help to Buy scheme
  • Right to Buy
  • First time buyers
  • Leasehold
  • Freehold
  • Mortgages
  • Shared ownership Schemes
  • Equity release (ERC)

Our expert conveyancing team are on hand to help your matter proceed as smoothly as possible and provide you with peace of mind:

  • we use direct dial
  • we will keep you informed throughout the conveyancing process (by email and telephone)
  • we offer appointments available outside of 9-5 please ask, and
  • we are based in offices across East and West Sussex

Whether you’re buying or selling please contact our conveyancing team online or give us a call to arrange the next step!

Standard Residential Conveyancing Searches

Local Authority search

This is a search of information about the Property that is held on the Council’s records. Examples of the information you might find out includes planning and building control and may show if work has been done without the necessary consent or if the road is maintained by the Council. It is specific to the property and will not reveal anything about neighbouring properties.

Water and drainage search

This will show if the property is connected to mains water and drainage and the location of public drains and other useful information.

Environmental report

This provides information about the contamination risk and other factors such as past commercial use, nearby landfill, ground stability and energy and infrastructure projects.

Planning report

Unlike the Local Authority search, this will give you the planning history not only for the property you hope to buy but also for properties in the surrounding area.

Flood risk assessment

As the names suggests, it is an assessment using information from official sources of the flood risk for the area, a useful report given the increase in flooding in recent years.

Chancel repair liability insurance

This is an ancient liability in certain areas and is a potential liability to pay towards the cost of the chancel repairs to a local Church. It is in the process of being abolished but may still be relevant in certain circumstances. It is cheaper to take out a policy of insurance rather than obtain a search and then insure.

This is not an exhaustive list and there are other reports that are relevant to a specific location such as:

  • Coal mining reports
  • HS2
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Cross rail
  • Common land
  • Tin or brine mining

We’ll let you know if you need others.

How much do conveyancing searches cost?

It depends on where the property is located as Local Authority Searches vary in cost. You should budget for between £300 – £400. The amount of money is small compared to the purchase price.

How long do conveyancing searches take?

The reports are usually desktop and are available on the same day. The Local Authority and water and drainage searches take longer and vary in timescale depending on where the property is located.


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