Residential Property

Quality Conveyancing

Eaton Smith has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

It is recognition of the high standards we provide to our residential property clients and is a signal to both sellers and also future home buyers of the excellent service level we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people.

Clients who use this firm will receive a reliable and efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard. The firm underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

The scheme requires firms to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society and to those who meet the demanding standards the scheme will set and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

Residential Property

Our qualified solicitors, assistants and support staff have the knowledge and experience to make sure your house sale or purchase proceeds as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Whilst we maintain the all important personal contact, we have developed dedicated computer support software and installed direct computer links to the Land Registry to make sure that everything possible is done to speed the job through.

We understand your need to budget for expenses. That is why we will discuss costs at any time and send you a written quotation when we start.

Whether you have found your ideal house or just started looking, you can rely on us for prompt and helpful advice.

Our areas of expertise are:

Moving home?

Our experienced, professional and friendly conveyancing team can assist with the legal side of your house sale and/or purchase, offering competitive fees, and will ensure you are kept updated throughout the process. Our team know what to do to move things forward, and will do what they can to minimise the stress of moving house.

Remortgage

We offer a cost-effective remortgage service, tailored to your particular requirements. Our recent investment in IT and case management software ensures that we can offer a streamlined service to enable us to work to tight deadlines.

Transfer of Equity

We can offer specialist advice on the transfer of property by gift to family members, in connection with separation or matrimonial proceedings, or on the death of a property owner. Our team can also handle first registration at the Land Registry of unregistered property, and are specialists in dealing with property matters pursuant to the terms of a Will.

Buying or Selling at Auction?

We can offer legal advice before you bid, and if successful, complete your purchase for you. If you are selling at auction, talk to us about preparation of the auction contract and legal pack, and completion of your sale on the fall of the hammer.

Buy to Let/Investors

Our team have long experience in working with property investors, and will ensure your legal work is completed quickly and efficiently to allow you to put your property asset to work immediately.

We can also advise on Landlord and Tenant issues, including Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements and rent arrears.

New Build Property

Our team have worked with virtually every developer, large and small, in this area, and offer specialist advice on buying a new build property, either off-plan or from a developing site. We can offer special fees if you are part-exchanging your existing property.

Leasehold Apartments

We are specialists in all types of leasehold property, including New Build and Buy to Let. We can advise you on the terms of the Lease, ground rent and service charges, and deal with service of any Notices required after completion.

frequently asked questions

Q. What is Conveyancing?

A. The procedure for transferring ownership or certain rights in property from one person to another.

Q. Do I need a Solicitor?

A. In most cases banks and building societies will insist on a solicitor dealing with the mortgage. Given the value and importance of property transactions, most people want the peace of mind of knowing that all the formalities have been properly dealt with.

Q. What is Exchange of Contracts?

A. When the written contracts signed by the buyer and the seller are formally exchanged. This makes the transaction legally binding and after exchange neither side can withdraw without financial loss. All the details of the sale are set out in the contract, including the date for possession.

Q. When is a deposit paid?

A. On exchange of contracts. In a related sale and purchase, the deposit from your buyer can usually be used for your purchase.

Q. What are searches?

A. Enquiries of the local authority, coal authority, land registry and other organisations to find out if there are any matters affecting the property which you should be aware of before buying it.

Q. When do I get the keys?

A. On the completion date. The date is agreed when contracts are exchanged

Q. How long will it take?

A. It is impossible to be specific as no two transactions are alike. On average six to eight weeks, but it depends on how quickly finance is arranged and whether there is a chain of transactions.

Q. What will it cost?

A. There is no set scale of fees. All solicitors are required to provide you with information as to what their fees will be (or how they will be calculated) at the beginning. In addition to charges there are "disbursements" which may include stamp duty (a tax levied by the government) land registry fees and search fees. Also VAT will be payable on the charges.

Call for a written quote for your sale or purchase on 01484 821300

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Supporting businesses throughout Yorkshire, the UK and internationally; Eaton Smith's highly regarded Business Services Team advises on starting-out through to high profile corporate and international transactions, helping businesses with trading agreements, internet trading, business structures, reorganisations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, intellectual property, sports law, employment law, property, debt collection and disputes. One of our commercial clients has this to say about us:

"We were buying a large private company, who left us with a rather unreasonable timescale. I was therefore deeply impressed with the way you guys picked up the challenge and ran with it like the true professionals you are.

I think I heard a comment from the vendors about 'provincial solicitors' once at the beginning of the matter. I never heard it again. I can sincerely and honestly say, having had some experience of big city solicitors in the past, that I could not conceive how any other firm would have dealt with this in the same expert, expedient and insanely short timescale that you did. This is not flannel – it is a fact and I am humbled by the way you guys responded and looked after my interests and those of my company"

If you need a solicitor, you want to be confident that your interests are properly looked after. Our teams of legal professionals have an extensive range of skills and experience to offer our clients, who also enjoy the added benefit of dealing with a firm that is large enough to provide specialists in the many areas of legal issues that we cover including; family matters, employment problems, house purchases and sales, wills, crime and road traffic offences, personal injury, medical negligence and dispute resolution.