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How to avoid conveyancing fraud

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Conveyancing fraud is now believed to be the most common type of cybercrime in the legal sector and can result in unwary homebuyers losing tens of thousands of pounds. It is a particular issue for first time buyers, because they are likely to be less...

Important notice: "Memorandum of Sale" email - just delete!

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Emails displaying as from "Bird & Co. Conveyancing Team" that purport to enclose a memorandum of sale, are in fact from a different domain and nothing to do with us.

Delete immediately without opening any attachment.

What to know when buying land in the UK

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Buying land can be an attractive investment, especially where there is the possibility to develop property on the site or otherwise improve it to increase its value. However, to ensure a good return on your investment, there are a number of key issues you...

5 things to check when buying a flat

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The majority of flats in the UK are sold on a leasehold basis, meaning you are not buying the property, but rather the right to occupy it for a fixed period of time. The freeholder retains ownership of the building and their rights and responsibilities, as...

Why do you need conveyancing when remortgaging?

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When remortgaging a property you own, there are various checks and searches that need to be carried out, as well as other important legal and financial details that need to be handled correctly. This process is referred to as conveyancing, the same as the...

Who can do conveyancing in the UK?

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Conveyancing is the name for the legal process of buying and selling property, including leasehold property, as well as carrying out the necessary checks and transactions involved in remortgaging or extending a lease. Getting your conveyancing handled...

5 things to think about when selling a buy to let property

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Changes to tax relief for UK landlords being phased in between 2017 and 2020 mean that many buy to let rental properties may no longer be able to generate a reasonable profit for their owners. As a result, many buy to let landlords are likely to be...

Things to consider when buying a leasehold property

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Many flats in the UK are sold on a leasehold basis, as are a number of other properties. If you are thinking about buying a leasehold property, it is important to understand how this differs from buying a freehold property and the key things you need to...

How exchange of contracts works

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The exchange of contracts is one of the final stages of buying or selling a house and makes the transaction legally binding. Many people find this process stressful, as it is generally the last point at which a property transaction may go wrong. In this...

Landlord insurance: what it is and why you need it

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Being a landlord is an investment that can offer good returns, but it can also get expensive when something goes wrong. This can quickly eat into your profits and even leave you out of pocket. That is why it is important for landlords to have the right...

Who regulates conveyancing?

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Getting your conveyancing right is essential when buying or selling property. It ensures that the sale is progressed properly, that all your legal obligations have been correctly taken care of and for buyers, that you do not end up with any nasty surprises...

What are conveyancing fees?

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When buying or selling a home, you will need to use a conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor to take care of the legal side of things for you. This ensures that no important details are missed and protects you from any unpleasant surprises during the property...

Avoiding co-ownership disputes

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When a single person owns a property, that person is the sole proprietor, or sole legal owner.  If two or more people own property together, they are co-owners.  There are two types of property co-ownership: tenants in common and joint...

Top tips for moving house with children

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Moving house can be exceedingly stressful at the best of times. A house move with children, particularly young children can be even more challenging. Our top tips for moving house with children gives some practical suggestions to ensure your move goes...

So Long, Fare-well - Can My Tenant End Their Tenancy Early?

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The one thing buy-to-let landlords value above all else is a good, long-term tenant who looks after your property and pays their rent on time.  Trying to find new tenants is always slightly stressful – with buy-to-lets, it is often a case of...

Landlords' Obligations: What are you responsible for?

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Renting out a property can be a great source of income. But if you’re just starting out as a landlord, it’s important to familiarise yourself with the responsibilities it entails. To protect your legal interests and of course to keep the...

Freehold and Leasehold: What's the Difference?

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If you’re looking to buy a property, you will almost certainly have heard the terms ‘freehold’ and ‘leasehold’ being mentioned. They are important definitions to be aware of - essentially, freehold and leasehold are terms for...

Top tips for buying an old building

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No one can deny the unique charm of a period property. It’s why they’ve maintained their enormous level of popularity over the decades: they’re full of character, and owning a precious piece of our architectural history can be a great...

Top tips for buying a new-build home

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There’s a lot to be said for setting your sights on a brand new house. Energy efficient, designed for modern living, rooms fitted out to your specification; a new-build certainly has its advantages.

Here are our top tips for making this move as smooth as those freshly plastered walls.

Conveyancing Scams: What to Watch Out For

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In recent years a particularly nasty scam has cropped up. It has on some occasions brought financial disaster for unwitting people who are in the process of purchasing a property, with some even losing hundreds of thousands of pounds to fraudsters. The scam...

Conveyancing FAQ - For Buyers

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Putting your foot on the property ladder may seem daunting. After all, buying a home is one of the most significant financial commitments you will make in your life. Getting everything right first time is absolutely essential; but if you’re a first...

Is this the end of Buy To Let?

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The beginning of the new financial year marked the day that major tax changes affecting Buy-To-Let investors came into force. When the tax changes were originally announced in 2016, landlords expressed concern that it would restrict their ability to turn a...

Top Tips For Downsizing

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Have your children flown the nest or perhaps your current property has far too much space. Downsizing could be for you. Downsizing provides numerous advantages, especially for those who make use of the available equity to travel, start their own business or...

Celebrating our very own Susan Burton

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This coming Wednesday, our very own Susan Burton will be appearing on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio Sussex and Radio 5 Live following the launch event of the book that shares her incredible story. Written by the journalist Cole Moreton, The Boy Who Gave His...

Changes to Buy to Let Mortgage Tax Coming In April 2017

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In the 2015 Budget, former Chancellor, George Osborne announced that tax relief available to private landlords would be severely curtailed. Tighter restrictions were also imposed on the wear and tear allowance that landlords currently enjoy.  Suddenly,...

What To Do When Your Commercial Lease Runs Out

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Whether it is a shop, factory, office space or warehouse, a solid commercial premises lease is an essential prerequisite to the ongoing success of many businesses. If your lease is nearing the end of its term and you wish to remain a tenant, it pays to seek...

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

David-James Stott
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Here at Bird & Co Solicitors we are more than happy to speak to you  about an accident. We offer a free initial consultation either by phone or in person at our offices. If your accident has prospects of success we are able to offer funding which is...

Our Managing Partner Welcomes You To Our New Website

Estelle Conron
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Bird & Co Solicitors LLP are delighted to welcome you to our new website.  This is the firm's fourth website, offering an improved user experience across mobile devices, tablets and computers. After teaming up with Conscious Solutions to...

First-time Home Buyers: Top Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls

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Taking steps towards buying your first home is a hugely exciting time, not to mention the wonderful achievement of making that significant investment in your future. Many people dream of the day they can buy their first property, but when you finally have...

What is Conveyancing?

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For those new to buying or selling a home, the whole process of Conveyancing can seem rather mysterious. At Bird & Co, we like to make things simple. That’s why we’re compiling a series of blogs over the coming weeks to answer some common...

Top Tips for Selling your House

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When you’ve made the decision to move on from your current home, you’ll know there’s a lot to get organised. This can be daunting, especially if you’re searching for your next home at the same time. But even if you’re pressed...

What are Property Searches?

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Property Searches – you might already be aware that these are part of the conveyancing process, but perhaps find that you have questions about what they are, or what they entail? After all, they’re usually not something you encounter until you...

Home Buying in the Digital Age

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As we all know, technology is changing the way we live our lives at a rapid pace. But did you know it is even changing the way we buy and sell houses? Around 80% of property hunters now begin their search on the web, and approximately 1% of all UK internet...

Moving Home: the Checklist

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We all know moving house is no small feat. At Bird & Co, it’s our job to take the legal process of a house transaction through to a successful completion. There’s a lot of work to do, which does take time. But aside from all that, there are...

How to Protect your Assets

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Acquiring the keys to your new home can be an exciting time and calls for celebration. You’ve worked long and hard to get to this place; years of saving, months of careful planning and weeks of anticipation in the run up to exchange and completion of...

Conveyancing Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer... Same difference?

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If you’ve started looking into buying or selling a property, it’s likely that you’ll have heard a couple of different terms: conveyancing solicitor, licensed conveyancer… same thing, right? Not quite. These are two types of legal...