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Buying and selling your home

Due to the temporary reduced rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax recently brought in by the Government, Tees is helping unprecedented numbers of clients with their property transactions. The high levels of demand are also impacting other providers of property services - such as surveys and searches. The result is that property sales and purchases are taking longer to complete than usual. At Tees we are doing all we can to reach completions as quickly as possible, as well as our best to keep our clients up-to-date. Thank you for your understanding.

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Property conveyancing solicitors

We have the practical expertise to help - whether you're buying your first house or expanding your buy-to-let portfolio. We will keep you up to date as your transaction moves forward. If any problems come up, we’ll tell you at the earliest opportunity and provide advice on next steps. Our property solicitors will cover everything from organising the local searches and advising if there’s anything to be concerned about, to checking all the contracts and the financial arrangements are in order.

Property transactions are usually major financial decisions. Tees has its own independent financial advisers who can help you build stronger finances for your future and make the big decisions while looking at the whole picture.

Call us for a conveyancing quote 

When you’re ready to make your move, call us to get a conveyancing quote.  We work on fixed fees so you have additional peace of mind.

More than house-buying

Our team of property conveyancing specialists can advise you on a wide range of additional property law issues, including:

Call our property conveyancing solicitors on 0808 231 1320Call us for a free initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch

Can a solicitor act for both the buyer and the seller, or the landlord and the tenant?

There are very limited circumstances when the same firm of solicitors can act for both the buyer and the seller, or the landlord and the tenant. The Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct 2011 (SRACC 2011) sets out a number of strict rules in connection with the proper handling of conflicts of interests between clients. A firm must never act where there is a potential conflict or a significant risk of conflict. This is to ensure that the solicitor only acts in your best interest. Tees has a dedicated compliance team who regularly assess the potential conflict of interest in matters on which we are instructed. 

Can a solicitor act for my bank as well as me in a transaction?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct 2011 (SRACC 2011) suggests that a firm should only act for both the lender and the borrower in the following circumstances:

·         if the mortgage is on standard terms

·         it is able to act in the client’s best interests

·         the certificate of title required by the lender is in the form approved by the Law Society and UK Finance.

It is essential that there are no potential conflicts of interest. 

Does a solicitor need to have the deeds to a property if I want to sell it?

If your property has been registered at the Land Registry, a record of ownership is filed digitally online and this can be downloaded. If they are available, it is always helpful to have the deeds as they may contain useful information that may not have been registered. However, if the property is unregistered a solicitor will always need to see the physical title deeds to establish proof of ownership.

What is Stamp Duty Land Tax?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a form of tax which you may be required to pay if you buy, or in some circumstances rent, a property or land in England or Northern Ireland. The amount due (if any) will depend on the purchase price. If you are renting, the amount due will depend on the length of the term, level of rental and whether or not VAT is charged on the rent. If SDLT is payable on the transaction, you will be asked to complete a SDLT return. This will need to be submitted to HMRC, together with the amount payable within 14 days of completion, otherwise you will be liable to pay a penalty fee.  Your solicitor will be able to file the return on your behalf.

Do I need an Energy Performance Certificate for my property?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required by law when a property is built, is being sold or rented out. There is a duty to commission an EPC before the property is put on the market. It shows information about the energy efficiency of a property, including the property’s energy use and typical energy cost. The certificate also provides an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for a period of up to 10 years. If a commercial property is let, a landlord is required by law to have a minimum EPC rating of “E” and may need to make improvements to the property until this has been achieved. 

There are certain types of property which are exempt from needing an EPC. These include those which do not have a roof or do not have walls, those which use no energy to condition the indoor climate, religious properties and buildings earmarked for demolition.

Should I have my property surveyed before renting or buying it?

Having a property surveyed before buying or renting is highly advisable. It can give you a good idea of the condition of the property and highlight problems which you may otherwise not know about. Commercial tenants should be particularly wary when entering into a lease. This is because the lease may contain repairing obligations that require a tenant to give a property back to the landlord fully in repair. This may be the case even if the tenant was not responsible for any damage, or the property was not in a good state of repair at the start of the tenancy. Your solicitor will advise that you try to limit these obligations. 

Are there any risks in buying a property at auction?

There are many risks that come with buying a property at auction. If the property seems like a bargain, there is probably good reason for it. It is strongly recommended you ask a solicitor to check through the legal pack in the weeks leading up to the auction date, as well as getting a survey done in case of structural or other issues.  You should be conscious of the fact that on the ‘fall of the hammer’, exchange of contracts takes place, which is a legally binding contract between the buyer and the seller. This is often misunderstood. You will be committed to proceed with the purchase in accordance with the terms of the contract, if your bid is successful. 

What our clients say

Hilary and John Curley

Norfolk

I just wanted to say a big thank you for the help and practical support and advice you gave throughout what was a protracted selling experience! With a difficult buyer, it was only your level headed advice and direction that stopped me from pulling out at what would have been the wrong time!

Mr and Mrs W

Shenfield

I would like to thank Kirsten and Pat for your excellent professional service in this transaction on our behalf and which further cements an already strong relationship with your firm, which we have experienced over the years, both on a personal and professional basis.

Mr Hugh Birley

London

We've been clients of Tees all our lives, and my grandmother and great-grandfather before me. We've been looked after by the ever-efficient Allan Wright, Cathy Izzard and Eleanor Worby. Each of them have been efficient, effective, pleasant to deal with and unfazed by our disorganisation!

Mr and Mrs Baker

Brentwood

Thank you for the excellent service and for dealing so promptly with matters as they arose. We felt that the three of you made an excellent team and were impressed that each of you knew precisely the stage we were at, when we telephoned or wrote to you.

Mr Lawrance Lucas

Hunsdon, Herts

I'm very grateful for the professional service that everyone at Tees has shown me: Cathy Izzard who drew up my late mother’s Will and obtained probate; Toni Chalmers-Smith for care fees planning and Allan Wright for the conveyancing. They're knowledgeable, approachable and have empathy.

Mr Clark

Brentwood

My house purchase was fraught with issues and delays. Natacha did an amazing job at keeping things going, indeed our seller's estate agent said that he had never seen a solicitor work so hard for so long to make sure a deal went through. She has been amazing and kept me informed throughout.

Mr. and Mrs. P

Felsted

Thank you to you and your team for assisting us with both our purchase and sale. You and your team have been the most professional and efficient team we have ever come across and given that we both deal with conveyancers on a regular basis it is a real testimony to you.

David Marsh

Bishop's Stortford

I was always kept informed of the progress of the transaction by the friendly and efficient Conveyancing Team at Tees. There was always someone available to answer my questions. All in all, a service well worth the very reasonable fee. Thank you very much Tees for a stress-free process.

We understand your situation and our expert team are here to help

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Tees coronavirus update

We’re open and here to help you. We’re running as normal with our employees all working from home.

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You can call us as normal on 0800 013 1165 or email us: hello@teeslaw.com.

You can also find contact details for all our advisers here. 

As a flexible and technologically-adept firm, we already had many home-working systems in place. We have now rolled this technology out to all our employees working for clients, so they can continue to work normally - and from home.

If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with Tees and we are still working on your case. To replace face-to-face meetings, we have the facilities to do video-conferencing, conference calls or just speak on the phone, as you need.

Due to the circumstances, please call us if you would have wanted a home visit, and we can organise the best and safest way of being in touch.

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