Selling your home can typically take weeks or even months. Our specialist team will support you through every aspect of this process and ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, with all of your legal obligations fully met.
Straight Forward Legal Advice
When you are considering selling your home or any other residential property, you need honest and straightforward legal advice from a firm that you can trust.
At Stirling Ackroyd Legal, our team of expert lawyers have diverse legal expertise and practical experience, having already spent many years at the heart of the ever-changing central London market. The firm actually began life as an estate agent, and we are therefore able to offer an unrivalled level of legal expertise and market insight when it comes to selling residential property, in London or anywhere in the UK.
Whether the property is freehold or leasehold, we offer a full range of services, including conveyancing, re-mortgaging, transfers of equity and equity release schemes.
Selling your home may seem daunting at first, especially if you are looking to buy at the same time to form a property chain. However, every sale is different, and many cases now arise in difficult circumstances, for example, when a client has to sell their home or other family property in order to fund residential care.
Having the right support from outset is therefore essential, and you can count on us to guide you through the entire process and provide sound and practical advice to enable you to make the right decisions. We are proud to provide a personal service that is tailored to your individual circumstances and will work with you with the aim of achieving the right outcome for you and your family, whatever the situation.
Most properties are freehold
Most houses in the UK are ‘freehold’ properties. This means that the owner, or freeholder, can do whatever they wish, subject to planning regulations. There are however a few exceptions, including:
- If it is a ‘listed building’
- If the property is situated within either a conservation area or an area of outstanding natural beauty
- For certain new builds, permission may be needed to restructure the property
Most UK flats are sold as leaseholds, meaning that the buyer will own the property for a specified number of years, as set out in the lease. The duration of a lease can vary from 99 to 999 years, and the property can still be bought and sold during this time.
When selling a leasehold property, who is the freeholder?
The freeholder is the person or company that owns the property. The leaseholder is the person purchasing the lease. They are responsible for paying yearly ground rent to the freeholder and for any property maintenance or repairs that are required.
Speak to a Solicitor
Some of Our Team
Senior Solicitor, Head of Residential Conveyancing
Thank you to Stirling Ackroyd Legal’s Corporate team for helping set up my company’s employment contracts. An excellent service. – Alex Bower
I’ve been with Stirling Ackroyd Legal for over 4 years who have managed my commercial and litigation matters. – Syed Ahmed
I’ve used Stirling Ackroyd Legal a few times before. The staff are attentive and always advising me on issues regarding my matter. – Sally O’brian
Following the Governments announcement on the UK going into lockdown, many businesses have followed protocol and have instructed their employees to work from home.
It is important to weigh up the costs and the benefits to any venture before you invest, and commercial property is no different. Although the residential properties are what usually springs to mind when investment is mentioned, it is important to consider that commercial properties also have their benefits.
As part of its ‘Warm Homes for All’ initiative, the Labour Party has announced plans for significant upgrades to UK housing in a bid to create a new generation of green homes. The Labour Party aim to drastically improve loft-insulation and double glazing, reducing a reliance on fossil fuels and creating 450,000 new jobs by 2030 in the process.
Finding your dream home.
It is always recommended to view the property you have your heart set on a second or even third time as you may notice things you didn’t quite catch the first time around. It might be worth having a friend accompany you to get…
The terms freehold and leasehold relate to the process of purchasing a home, and they determine the extent of your ownership. The difference between freehold and leasehold may be confusing to some, although it’s a term worth knowing by those who plan…