A conveyancer is the professional who deals with the act of
transferring the legal title to the property or land; your new
Often conveyancers are mistaken for surveyors so, briefly, a
conveyancer's role comprises the following:
Legal title/the contract
We ascertain that the vendor is the actual legal owner of the
property and that no-one else has any claim to it or rights in
relation to it. This could be described as the property's
"log book", which records its historic ownership. It is
usual to trace 'title' back at least 40 years although in
some instances, particularly in town, we will research back to
virgin land to ensure there have never been any building
restrictions on the land. The contract of purchase is drawn up and
approved by the conveyancer(s).
We conduct a site visit to establish the limits of the
property's boundaries while determining who owns those
boundaries and who is responsible for their current and future
maintenance. We also look at whether there are any encroachments or
breaches of covenants and we can also advise on any future plans
you may have to develop your new home.
We enquire in respect of main services such as electricity, gas,
foul drainage and water and whether or not the services cross other
properties before reaching your property, while ensuring that they
have all necessary rights to do so. We liaise with the parish or
the Planning and Environment Department to ensure that all is in
order in this respect. We will also ensure that you have the
relevant Housing consent to be able to purchase and occupy the
Your conveyancer will check that all loan documentation relating
to your mortgage is in order and conforms to the terms of any
bank's loan agreement.
Finally, it is the conveyancer who will attend the Royal Court
on your behalf to pass the contract of purchase, or accompany you
to court to ensure that all goes smoothly in completion.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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