Your home is likely the most valuable thing you will ever own by a significant margin, so if you are buying, selling, remortgaging or making any other deal involving your home, it pays to have the right legal experts at your side through every stage of the process.
Please do not believe that as there are DIY conveyancing packs available that they would be the better option. Incorrectly completing even the smallest stage in the process can be hugely detrimental and potentially very costly.
At Pengelly & Rylands, our Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accredited team have the experience and expertise to make sure every detail of your property transaction is correctly handled. We can help your property deal to go ahead on schedule, saving you time, money and unnecessary stress.
We have strong expertise in both UK and international property matters, with experience handling high value and complex property transactions for a wide range of clients locally and further afield. As a result, we can offer a smooth, reliable conveyancing service that gives you peace of mind that your property is in safe hands.
Our conveyancing fees
We are happy to provide a no obligation estimate upon request or you can find our conveyancing fees here.
Speak to our conveyancing solicitors in Tenterden
We can also offer meetings at your home if needed, as well as a telephone appointment via skype if you are abroad.
How we can help you with residential conveyancing in Tenterden
Our team provide an efficient and comprehensive service at competitive rates for all your estate needs, including:
- the sale or purchase of a house or flat
- the sale or purchase of a share in a property under a shared ownership scheme
- the purchase of a property under a Help to Buy or Right to Buy initiative
- the leasing of a flat
- applications to extend a lease, including via rights of leasehold enfranchisement
- the sale or purchase of property at auction
- the purchase of new build property or any type of conversion
- applications to register your ownership of a property with the Land Registry
- applications to register your rights to claim ownership of a property through adverse possession
- ascertaining the boundaries of your property
- ascertaining rights of access
- helping to remove redundant restrictions affecting your use and enjoyment of your property
- remortgaging arrangements
- transfer of equity in your home
Your conveyancing questions answered
What is conveyancing?
By definition, Conveyancing means ‘the branch of law concerned with the preparation of documents for the conveyance of the property’, so to put it simply, when you are involved in anything to do with buying or selling land or property, you will require the assistance of a conveyancing solicitor.
Aside from the buying and selling process; equity release, buy to let investments, property purchasing abroad, land registry enquiries and registration are all examples of situations whereby conveyancing is required.
How long does it take to buy a house?
This will entirely depend on the circumstances, but in general, most house purchases can be completed in around 4-12 weeks.
Issues that can potentially delay a sale include issues being uncovered with the property during conveyancing checks or a building survey, as well as where the property is part of a chain, where delays to the sale of another property in the chain could end up impacting you.
What are conveyancing checks?
These are the checks we arrange to be carried out by third parties to identify any potential issues that may affect you when occupying a property you are buying. Exactly what conveyancing checks are required will depend on the property, but standard checks include:
Local Authority Searches – Covering issues such as whether the property is listed or in a conservation area, as well as looking for any proposed new developments, roads of other infrastructure projects in the area.
Water and Property Searches – To identify who is responsible for sewers, drains and water pipes in the area, and whether any of these run under the property.
Environmental Searches – Looking at previous land use in the area that might create a risk e.g. from subsidence, land contamination or flooding.
When does the sale of a house become legally binding?
The sale of a house becomes legally binding on both buyer and seller once contracts have been exchanged. Up until this point, either party can pull out or attempt to renegotiate the terms of the sale with no legal consequences.
However, once contracts have been exchanged, both parties are legally required to comply with the terms of the contracts of sale they signed and could face legal action from the other party if either fails to meet their obligations under the contract.
Why choose Pengelly & Rylands for your conveyancing?
Pengelly & Rylands is accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) for the high quality of our residential property services.
Our Residential Property team is headed by Partner Karen du Rocher, who has more than 30 years of experience in conveyancing for both residential and commercial property. Karen is also a notary public with strong expertise in buying and selling property abroad.
Karen is supported by a number of talented colleagues, including Graham Beach, Harish Tekchandani, Abraham Khan, Hannah Mooney and Sally Oatridge who offer decades of expertise across all areas of residential property law.