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Residential and Commercial Conveyancing

We are a dedicated team of experienced housing lawyers who can provide expert advice and representation to tenants and homeowners alike.

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Alex Riordan
Conveyancing Specialist

Buying and selling a house can be a stressful experience. Here at Watson Woodhouse Solicitors we do it every day and so we can ease the burden for you.

A dedicated conveyancer will be appointed to your case so you can keep in touch by email, phone, letter or face-to-face appointments.

All our staff receive frequent updates and ongoing training and our membership of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme ensures the highest standards of client service can be delivered.


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Bill O'Hanlon
Conveyancing Specialist

We believe in transparent competitive pricing. Please use our online quote tool to give you an estimate today.

We can help with various property related transactions:

  • Buying and selling property
  • Investment and buy-to-let
  • Switching mortgage provider
  • Tenancy agreements
  • The right to buy your council house
  • Transfer of title

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1How much will the legal fees be to move home?
The fees involved are determined depending on the actual sale and purchase price. This is because, depending on how much the property is being purchased for, there will be different levels of disbursements, that is payments to third parties. For example, the Land Registry apply a sliding scale of fees. The fee that they charge to register a property transaction depends on the actual price being paid. Details of our costs for conveyancing transactions can be found on the website.
2How long does it take?
In a single transaction it generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to reach completion. However, it must be kept in mind that there are a considerable number of variables that can affect the timescales. For example a transaction can only proceed quickly if the other parties involved are equally keen to progress. In most purchase situations, it would depend on the availability of mortgage finance and how quickly an offer can be provided. Also, if there are areas within the transaction that require enquiries to be raised, this can potentially prolong matters, for example if there is a defect in the title to the property.
3Do I need a Solicitor to move home?
Yes, for several reasons. In cases where an individual is taking out a mortgage, the lender will insist on a Solicitor being instructed to act on their behalf. Also, the legal documentation and procedure involved is somewhat technical and therefore requires the appropriate training and knowledge in order to deal with a transaction.
4Can you draft a Tenancy Agreement for me?
Yes. We would require instructions in relation to the terms to be put into the Agreement. We would talk you through the matters that needed to be considered. For example, you would need to decide how long the Tenancy Agreement is to last for, whether you require a deposit, how much rent you are going to charge, etc. We would deal with the preparation of the Tenancy Agreement and would seek to ensure execution of the document by the parties. We would also advise you on the obligations that you would have to adhere to as a Landlord, such as the requirements that need to be met in respect of taking deposits, and providing certification for the gas and electricity at the property.
5How do I go about putting my house in my children’s name?
We would discuss the purpose of the transfer with you and advise on whether proceeding is in your best interests. Sometimes a transfer of a property is not such a straight forward matter. The common example is when an individual is transferring in anticipation of going into care. In these cases it is sometimes possible for claims to be brought against the property to set aside the transfer; that is to say that a claim would be made to say that the only reason that the transfer was carried out was to avoid paying care fees. We would look at the overall picture and point out to you whether there are any risks that need to be taken into account prior to transferring your property.

Buying or selling a house is one of the most common reasons for someone to visit a solicitor.

Your home is one of your most treasured possessions and has the potential to cause untold anguish should it not be managed properly. As such we always act in the best interests of our clients to ensure their buying or selling experience is as painless as possible.

Here at Watson Woodhouse we can call on over 30 years worth of conveyancing experience to ensure your transaction runs smoothly, on time, every time. We have forged strong relationships in the community and have an unrivalled knowledge of the area enabling us to offer a good insight into how we feel your transaction will proceed.

We are always available to take your call. Should you wish to make an enquiry please call us or email on info@watsonwoodhouse.co.uk

How much will the legal fees be to move home?

The fees involved are determined depending on the actual sale and purchase price. This is because, depending on how much the property is being purchased for, there will be different levels of disbursements, that is payments to third parties. For example, the Land Registry apply a sliding scale of fees; the fee that they charge to register a property transaction depends on the actual price being paid. Details of our costs for conveyancing transactions can be found on the website.

How long does it take?
In a single transaction it generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to reach completion; however it must be kept in mind that there are a considerable number of variables that can affect the timescales. For example a transaction can only proceed quickly if the other parties involved are equally keen to progress. In most purchase situations it would depend on the availability of mortgage finance and how quickly an offer can be provided. Also, if there are areas within the transaction that require enquiries to be raised, this can potentially prolong matters - for example if there is a defect in the title to the property.
Do I need a Solicitor to move home?

Yes, for several reasons. In cases where an individual is taking out a mortgage, the lender will insist on a Solicitor being instructed to act on their behalf. Also, the legal documentation and procedure involved is somewhat technical and therefore requires the appropriate training and knowledge in order to deal with a transaction.

We offer a comprehensive and professional service to assist you in relation to investment and buy to let properties.

We will advise you on the individual stages in the transaction to ensure that you are able to make clear and informed decisions that best fit your needs. We provide the necessary conveyancing expertise to assist you throughout the process.

In addition we can help you with the preparation of Tenancy Agreements and giving detailed and informative advice on the legal requirements behind becoming a Landlord.

When you decide that you want to remortgage your home or investment property, we are able to assist by providing the necessary services and expertise to ensure that the process completes as quickly and as smooth as possible.

We will consider your mortgage offer and help you to understand the terms and conditions, as well as dealing with your mortgage lender on your behalf throughout the process.

If you need to pay off an existing mortgage, we will arrange for a redemption figure to be sent out and will also repay the mortgage for you on completion.

Why do I need a Solicitor to help me with remortgaging?

Once again, mortgage lenders will require that a Solicitor is instructed so that they can act on behalf of the lender as well as the individual taking out the mortgage. Solicitors are familiar with the common terms and conditions in mortgage offers and can clearly explain them. Solicitors would also deal with the actual completion of the mortgage, repayment of any existing mortgage and also the Land Registry requirements to register the new mortgage against the property.

If there are any issues where you feel that your landlord is being unfair towards you, then you can approach our team to find out where you stand in the eyes of the law.

We can also advise you on what steps you can take to improve the situation and we will help you to obtain the best outcome the law will allow. Alternatively, if you are a Landlord and you need advice regarding letting or tenants, we can help.

To make an appointment with one of our specialist legal team, ring us on 01642 247656 or contact us using the above form.

Can you draft a tenancy agreement for me?

Yes. We would require instructions in relation to the terms to be put into the Agreement. We would talk you through the matters that needed to be considered. For example, you would need to decide how long the Tenancy Agreement is to last for, whether you require a deposit, how much rent you are going to charge, etc. We would deal with the preparation of the Tenancy Agreement and would seek to ensure execution of the document by the parties. We would also advise you on the obligations that you would have to adhere to as a Landlord, such as the requirements that need to be met in respect of taking deposits, and providing certification for the gas and electricity at the property.

My tenant appears to have breached our agreement, what are my options?

Call 01642 247656 to arrange to speak to one of our expert advisors who can help you with your particular issue.

My tenant doesn’t actually have an agreement, problems have arisen, can I ask them to leave without notice?

Call 01642 247656 to arrange to speak to one of our expert advisors who can help you with your particular issue.

Whether you are transferring a property in divorce proceedings or making a gift of a property to a loved one, we offer full and comprehensive advice on the matters that need to be considered before you go ahead.

There are a range of issues that come up when transferring a property such as:

In addition we can help you with the preparation of Tenancy Agreements and giving detailed and informative advice on the legal requirements behind becoming a Landlord.

  • Whether the person making the transfer is going to stay at the property and if so how best to protect them;
  • How the change in circumstances of an individual who benefits from the gift of a property can affect a transfer;
  • Possible tax implications.
My daughter wants to take her sister's name off a joint mortgage. What is the process for this and how much might a solicitor charge?

In order to proceed with this, the individual who is to remain on the mortgage account must apply to the lender for consent in order to transfer the mortgage. This will usually involve a process in which the lender will assess whether the proposal meets their lending criteria. Assuming it does, a consent to transfer instruction would be issued which would be sent to the solicitor. This would contain the legal requirements set by the lender to enable the transfer to complete. It would then be a case of the solicitor working through those requirements and arranging for a Transfer Deed to be signed by both parties in order to remove sister from the legal title and the mortgage account.

Legal fees for this type of service would be £300 plus VAT of £60. There would be additional search fees and Land Registry costs which would depend on the nature of the individual transaction. We would be able to provide a fixed fee quotation if you are able to contact us so that we may take full details for your case.