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What is conveyancing? Discover the conveyancing process
What is conveyancing? Discover the conveyancing process

What is conveyancing? Home conveyancing 101 - find out more about the process, including what a conveyancer does and your local searches.

Written by John Cullen
Updated over a week ago

Conveyancing is the legal bit before your dream home becomes your actual home.

The conveyancing process starts when your offer on a house is accepted and finishes when you receive the keys.

Your solicitor will carry out checks with the Local Authority and other parties to see if there are any building controls or environmental issues you should be aware of.


Your solicitor will raise enquiries with the seller’s solicitor to ensure that they have all checked everything there is to check about the property you're buying. This can be a lengthy process.

They need to ensure that the property can legally be transferred into your name and that you have all the information required in order to be able to sell the property on in the future.

Bank transfers

To ensure funds land in the right accounts, your solicitor will arrange and carry out the transfer. This incurs a bank charge.

Fraud checks

Your solicitor will verify both your identity and the legitimacy of the other parties. You really don't want money falling into the wrong hands.

Stamp Duty

Properties bought for over a certain price in England are subject to Stamp Duty. It's your solicitor's job to make sure the submission of the Land Transaction Return is submitted to HMRC and any payments due are made. You can read more about Stamp Duty here.

Land Registry

Your solicitor registers the property with the Land Registry and obtains the new title deed for you. This is the document showing you as the new owner of the property.

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