Conveyancing solicitors in Bristol & Somerset
First-timers, downsizers and seasoned property owners. Whatever your situation, we’re committed to delivering your sale, purchase or re-mortgage quickly, efficiently and with minimal stress.
Our specialist conveyancing solicitors in Bristol, Bridgwater and Shepton Mallet, Somerset are experts in all aspects of residential conveyancing. With our wealth of local knowledge, commitment to personal service and modern approach to conveyancing, we’ll provide the advice and support you need in order to get you moving.
As well as dealing with straightforward sale and purchase transactions, we can help you with:
- Leasehold homes
- New build property
- Shared ownership & Help-to-Buy
- Property at auction properties
- Buy-to-let investments
Transparent conveyancing charges
We’re open and honest about our charges. We quote for all fees and disbursements up front so you’re clear about the true cost of conveyancing from day one. No hidden fees and no nasty surprises.
Client service is important to us, which is why your transaction will be dealt with by one conveyancer or conveyancing solicitor throughout.
We’re not a faceless firm; in fact, we’re great listeners. So rather than shaking your head in frustration at the conveyancing process, speak to us about your worries or concerns along the way. No call centres and no waiting on hold. We’re always available by phone, on email or – if you prefer – in person at your local office.
Real-time updates, 24/7
Buying and selling a property can be a stressful business. But through our online portal, you and your estate agent can track each stage of the conveyancing process in real-time, from instruction all the way up to completion.
Simply log in using your personal username and password for live updates from your conveyancer on the status of your transaction.
Service tailored to you
Our aim is to make conveyancing convenient. That’s why we use modern and traditional methods that tick all the right boxes for our clients.
If you value personal service, we’re committed to providing regular updates and a direct line to the conveyancer who is managing your case. Or if you prefer, your transaction can be managed remotely by phone, email and through our portal – giving you access to an efficient, reliable conveyancing service wherever you’re based. The choice really is yours.
We’re accredited members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). So whichever method you choose, you can feel confident of receiving a professional conveyancing service from a high quality conveyancing team.
To speak to a conveyancing solicitor in Bristol, Bridgwater or Shepton Mallet, Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261, Bridgwater office on 01278 554228 or our Shepton Mallet conveyancing team on 01749 345 756.
We offer a comprehensive conveyancing service for clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Sedgemoor, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.
Leasehold solicitors in Bristol & Somerset
If you’re buying a leasehold property, it’s important that you instruct a specialist conveyancing solicitor who can advise you on the legal aspects of your leasehold purchase.
We can help you decide whether a leasehold property is right for you – both financially and practically.
Leasehold is a particular type of property ownership that comes with a number of legal rights and responsibilities. In the UK, most flats are sold as leasehold – but leasehold can apply to other property types too, including in some cases.
What is leasehold?
When you buy a leasehold property, you’re buying the right to live in that property for the length of the lease. But whilst you own the property, the ground upon which it’s built is owned by the freeholder (also known as the landlord). At the end of the lease, ownership of the property passes back to the freeholder, unless the lease is extended.
As the leaseholder, you have certain responsibilities to the freeholder. As well as paying them ground rent, you’ll need their consent to make alterations to the property – this could include building an extension, adding a conservatory or even something as straightforward as attaching a satellite dish to an external wall.
Leases vary between properties, which is why it’s so important to get tailored legal advice from a leasehold conveyancer. Our residential conveyancing specialists will scrutinise the lease and fully explain the terms of your contract, giving you complete clarity on your rights, responsibilities and limitations as the leasehold owner.
Why is the lease important?
The lease is a legal contract. As well as your obligations, it outlines the landlord’s responsibilities to manage, maintain and repair the building structure, any common or shared areas and the exterior. It also details the additional costs that you, as the leaseholder, are responsible for – including ground rent and service charges.
Your conveyancing solicitor is responsible for checking the lease for onerous or unusual clauses. They’ll also look at the lease length – as a general rule, the shorter the length, the harder the property will be to sell and the lower its market value.
Leases commonly run for 90 or 120 years; some are as long as 999 years. However a shorter lease can be problematic, with some mortgage providers refusing to lend against properties with less than 85 years remaining.
If your property has a short lease, or you’re interested in buying a property with a lease of less than 90 years, contact our conveyancing solicitors for advice on extending a lease. We can also help you if you’re considering buying the freehold or if you’re having difficulties with an existing lease.
To speak to a specialist leasehold conveyancer in Bristol, Bridgwater or Shepton Mallet, Somerset, call our Bristol office on 0117 972 1261, Bridgwater office on 01278 554228 or our Shepton Mallet conveyancing team on 01749 345 756.
We specialise in buying and selling leasehold property for clients in South Bristol and Somerset, covering Sedgemoor, Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Glastonbury, Street, Frome and Chew Magna.
We offer an initial over-the-phone conversation, free of charge, so that you can find out more about our service, our fees and our timescales with no obligation.