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Buying, Selling & Letting

Specialist north-east residential property solicitors

House and flat sale, purchase and letting

Our team of residential specialists are always happy to help with property enquiries. Whether you’re selling, buying, looking for a buy-to-let property, or are a council tenant hoping to buy your home, we can advise you on all the legal ins and outs and guide you expertly through the process from start to finish.

If you’re selling…

We will work with you to ensure that your paperwork is prepared quickly and competently, and that the package you provide your buyer is as comprehensive as possible. This will minimise additional enquiries and speed up the selling process. We will also assess the information you provide, and discuss your options where there is any potential for delays or difficulties.

If you’re buying...

We will make sure everything is in place for both you and your mortgage lender. This includes providing regular updates so you are fully aware of all the legal aspects relating to your new home; for example, any obligations imposed, restrictions on your use and shared payment schemes. We can also advise you on the content of searches carried out and, where necessary, recommend additional searches or investigations.

If you’re renting or letting…

There are many different types of leasehold schemes and we have expertise in all varieties. We will advise you fully on the terms of the lease you are acquiring and the management scheme in operation. We will investigate the scheme as comprehensively as possible and advise you what is involved, the likely payments required from you and who to contact should there be any problems.

New builds

We are particularly proud of our ability in dealing with newly-built properties and the additional considerations that must be made in these cases. We will check to make sure all the planning permissions and other statutory consents are in place and ensure all the proper arrangements have been made for roads and drainage at the development. We understand that builders work to strict timescales, so we aim to strike a balance between meeting those deadlines and ensuring that all of the necessary documentation is in place.

Buy to Let

A buy-to-let property can be a fantastic investment. With LWR, you can make the most of it. We act for numerous property investors with varied portfolios, and appreciate that these properties often form part of a  business setup. We know that buy-to-let arrangements are often subject to very short timescales. Our systems and procedures are designed to enable us to work swiftly where necessary and meet your deadlines. Many of our clients have their own tenancy agreements which they use as standard, but we are more than happy to produce assured shorthold tenancy agreements for our clients to use.

Right to Buy

The Right to Buy scheme enables most council tenants to buy their council home at a discount. If your home was previously owned by the council, but is now managed by a housing association or other landlord, you may have a similar entitlement - the Preserved Right to Buy.

Although Right to Buy has become increasingly popular, councils and housing associations often impose conditions and restrictions that can make buying your rented property a complicated process. With our experience in this sector, we are able to explain every step of the process to you and make sure you are happy with what is expected of you and your landlord at every stage.