Conveyancing Solicitors in Brighton & Hove
If you are buying a detached house in Brighton & Hove, selling a terraced house in Peacehaven, downsizing to a bungalow in Kemptown, or buying to let in Shoreham-by-sea, we can help you with your conveyancing in Brighton & Hove.
Whether you are a first-time buyer or not, buying a new home is often an exciting time, but it is essential to be aware of the risks involved. Fortunately, our solicitors have a wealth of collective expertise assisting clients and sidestepping potential problems.
If you are looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Brighton & Hove, we can help you. Our conveyancing solicitors offer an efficient and friendly conveyancing service to our clients and will guide you through the entire process, ensuring you have the helping hand you need.
No matter whether you are in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and across England, Wales and beyond, our specialist team can assist you with a fast and convenient online conveyancing service.
How our conveyancing solicitors in Brighton & Hove can help you
Our Brighton & Hove conveyancing solicitors can provide expert assistance with matters including:
- Buying and selling your home
- Advice for first time buyers, such as:
- Equity release
- Advice about buying as joint tenants or tenants in common
- Buying and selling listed property
- Buying and selling leasehold property
- Collective enfranchisement and buying the freehold of a house
- Lease extension
- Transfer of equity
- Gifting property and Deeds of Gift
- Buy to let conveyancing
- Buying and selling land
- Commercial conveyancing
- Stamp Duty advice
We are on the panel for most major lenders, and many smaller ones too. Whether you want to use your local Building Society in East Sussex or one of the larger corporates, chances are we have you covered.
Why choose Bird & Co’s conveyancing solicitors in Brighton & Hove?
At Bird & Co, our team offer a unique online conveyancing service. What this means is that there is no need for you to visit our offices – in fact, you need never leave your home. Our conveyancers will talk you through the entire conveyancing process via phone and email, and everything works just as smoothly as it would if we were just down the road.
We offer a friendly, modern and efficient service. If you want to deal with fully qualified lawyers who are friendly and approachable, our team can help you.
You will have a direct line straight through to your legal team, and direct email addresses for the people handling your conveyancing. You can guarantee that your query will reach the right people, whether you want to ask about search fees, drainage and water fees or anything else related to your property deal.
We are proud to be accredited by the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means that we will:
- Provide high quality legal advice
- Get your conveyancing transaction completed as efficiently as possible
- Provide top quality customer service and respond to queries quickly
- Keep you regularly updated and never leave you in the dark about the status of your transaction
- Be upfront and honest about your fees – we will provide you with an accurate quote before you instruct us so that you can decide whether we are right for you
We further have the Lexcel accreditation by the Law Society, recognising our outstanding client care and practice management.
Why instruct our online conveyancers instead of a conveyancer in Brighton & Hove?
- Our team at Bird & Co have a deep understanding of the local Brighton & Hove property market, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the national property market.
- To ensure our client’s sensitive data remains protected throughout the transaction, Our online systems have been developed with sensitive communication in mind, including email encryption, securing devices and malware protection.
- During traditional conveyancing, all documents are hand-produced and posted or delivered by hand, which can be avoided through the online route. This means we can get your conveyancing done quickly and efficiently.
- These additional steps come at a price, meaning online conveyancing tends to be more cost-effective.
- We have successfully dealt with thousands of conveyancing transactions all over the country, even with clients from the other side of the world.
- When dealing with your conveyancing online, we have exactly the same legal obligations to you as if we were meeting in person, and we are fully insured for your reassurance.
Our conveyancing fees – how much does our conveyancing cost in Brighton & Hove?
At Bird & Co, our fees are transparent, and so long as the situation does not change, the fee we quote is the fee you will be charged.
All our conveyancing fees are dependent on the nature and value of the transaction, so we naturally charge a bit more for more complicated and high value work. For example, where matters are more straightforward to resolve, we may be able to charge on a fixed fee basis.
When conducting conveyancing searches and registering the property, there will be additional fees incurred. These are known as ‘disbursements’.
You may need to pay fees charged by other bodies such as HM Land Registry or by HMRC for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Our team can help with calculating how much you owe and submitting the return with HMRC.
How does the conveyancing process work in Brighton & Hove?
During the residential conveyancing in Brighton & Hove, there are three key steps. These are:
- Offer and acceptance
- Exchange of contracts
When a seller and buyer agree to the purchase and sale of a property, they both agree to enter into a contract at a later date. This is not yet legally binding.
The buyer and their respective solicitor will be responsible for carrying out a number of property checks. These could include:
- Reviewing property information provided by the seller and making further enquiries if necessary (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Conducting conveyancing property searches, such as local authority checks (done by the conveyancing solicitor)
- Carrying out an independent survey (done by the buyer)
Should the buyer need a mortgage, they can apply for one at this stage.
If both parties are happy and ready to proceed with the transaction, they can sign and exchange the contracts making it legally binding.
Once the transaction becomes official, this is known as completion. The transfer deed will need to be submitted to HM Land Registry, and the buyer can move into their property.
How long does conveyancing take in Brighton & Hove?
It isn’t always possible to put a timeframe on the conveyancing process due to each conveyancing case facing its own set of challenges. Despite this, the average timeframe conveyancing takes during a straightforward transaction is between 12 and 14 weeks, from acceptance of the offer to completion.
In certain instances avoiding delays is not possible. If your conveyancing case is affected by a delay, our team will keep you informed.
What searches are involved in conveyancing in Brighton & Hove?
Before completion can happen, a number of searches will need to be carried out on the property. Examples of these include:
- Local authority checks – to check the surrounding area for planning, pollution, highway pollution or other related issues
- Environmental searches – to check for issues such as flooding or land contamination
- Water and drainage searches – to check matters such as water and drainage access
If additional searches are needed on the property, our property solicitors in Brighton & Hove, will let you know.
Is it better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Brighton & Hove or a conveyancer?
There is one significant difference between conveyancing solicitors and conveyancers, and this is that conveyancing solicitors have additional qualifications and can provide expertise in other legal matters, whereas a conveyancer is only qualified to handle property transactions.
However, whether it is better to use a conveyancing solicitor in Brighton & Hove or a conveyancer is completely down to your personal preferences, the circumstances and your budget.
What documents does a property solicitor in Brighton & Hove need for conveyancing?
During a property transaction, the documents required entirely depend on the type, for example, whether it is a purchase or sale.
The documents required when buying a property in Brighton & Hove include:
- Identification documentation, including passport or driving license and proof of address
- Proof of funds, such as bank statements
- The official offer of mortgage
The documents required when selling a property in Brighton & Hove include:
- Proof of ownership
- Seller’s Property Information Form
- Certificates, guarantees and planning permission documentation
- Fitting and contents form
- Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- Leasehold or freehold information
- Details of the mortgage
How do you instruct our conveyancing solicitors in Brighton & Hove?
Our helpful conveyancing support team will then guide you through the initial stages, and once your conveyancing file is opened, your Brighton & Hove conveyancing solicitor and their small team will deal with the legal side of the conveyancing transaction. You'll be given direct contact details for your conveyancing lawyers, and they'll keep in touch with you every step of the way.
Whether you're moving to Brighton & Hove, away or within, our property solicitor Brighton & Hove can help you do so with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.