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A transfer of equity occurs when a property owner wishes to change the legal ownership of the property. Reasons include marriage, divorce and tax planning.

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Conveyancing in Birmingham Q & A's

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Updated: 16/01/17

Moving into a residential property in the Birmingham area? Read our local Birmingham travel and public service information here:

As confirmed by the most recent census the population of Birmingham is 1 73 045 spread over an area of 129 635 hectares (320 335 acres) giving a population density of 8.3 people per hectare or 3.3 per acre.

Birmingham’s closest train station is Birmingham Snow Hill and the nearest airport is Birmingham Airport (at 7 miles away). Coventry Airport is also just 20 miles away and Wolverhampton Business Airport is just 16 miles away, making Birmingham a very well connected city.

Drivers are also well-catered for in Birmingham with good motorway access leading off Junction 6 of the M6.

Emergency services include: A&E For Birmingham Children’s Hospital which is fairly central.


How do I find low cost conveyancing in Birmingham?


Various firms offer 'the cheapest conveyancing' but extra costs can inflate the solicitor's invoice. Any extra charges included in the terms should be clearly defined. The conveyancing quote ought to list the disbursements to be paid.


What individual search enquiries should a conveyancer in Birmingham get for a Birmingham house?


The standard legal protocol is to obtain Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal), Environment Search and Limestone Search and occasionally specific local Birmingham searches such as Planning Search.


Do you provide solicitors that specialise in the conveyancing of auction properties in Birmingham?


Yes! Our company often handles the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team of solicitors have been instructed by countless buyers and sellers at local residential property auctions like Auction House London, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Acuitus, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers & Norris.

Auction buyers need to get a qualified lawyer as rapidly as they can to allow enough time for them to carry out a detailed investigation of the legal pack in time for the auction day.

Following the auction day, your property solicitor should be ready to finish the legal side of things as per the usual 28 day period of completion .


How many weeks should it to take our lawyer to handle the legal process for a maisonette in Birmingham?


The conveyancing process can take anywhere from 1 month to twelve weeks, which can be affected by any number of things e.g. the speed of the vendor's conveyancing solicitor, or the speed of other lawyers in the chain.

Homeward Legal's property solicitors are extremely focused on speed and communication, with the aim of exchanging as soon as we can.

Find out how to speed the conveyancing process up yourself.


The owner has installed artificial stone cladding on the property we are buying, but we think it might possibly conflict with the Lozells conservation area rules.


During the conveyancing process, your solicitor will verify if the property is affected by a designated conservation area and whether any of the modifications have consent from the local planning authority. If they do not, your solicitor will help you to apply for permissions before you go ahead with the purchase.


Is a ‘chancel repair search’ counted as a fee or a disbursement?

A chancel repair liability search should be clearly listed under disbursements and should be charged to you at cost value. Due to many different firms having their own ways of listing fees, it can be difficult to compare quotes. Make sure that you know exactly what is listed on your bill before you hire a solicitor. If you’d like to know more about disbursements see this article, or for conveyancing prices see here.


How is contaminated land in Birmingham identified when purchasing a house?


A wide range of contaminants caused by anything from natural occurrences to human activities may potentially impair land. Contaminants including existing and proposed overhead electricity cables, and these will be reported in Environmental Search results. Railway Cutting, Junction Of Cattells Grove qnd Nechells Place may be one Birmingham’s source of contamination.


How can we protect against getting gazumped?


Gazumping arises when a house seller accepts the 1st purchaser's offer and then dismisses it, opting for a second purchaser's offer. This may happen weeks into a transaction. Because acceptance of an offer is not binding on the seller until exchange of contracts, there is a risk of gazumping. You should instruct your property solicitor as soon as you can to reduce the chance of gazumping.