Residential Property

Frequently Asked Questions by sellers


Many questions will arise when you are selling a property. We are happy to discuss any queries you may have with you either on the phone or via email. Click here to go back to our contact details.

The answers to some of the more common queries are below:-

I haven’t found a buyer yet. When should I instruct my solicitor?
Although you don’t have to appoint a solicitor until an offer has been agreed and accepted, the process can be speeded up, by appointing a solicitor as soon as the property is placed on the market. You will need to complete a set of standard information forms and you will also need to give your solicitor details of where to obtain the title deeds (usually your lender if you have a mortgage) and if the property is leasehold the details of the freeholder or managing agents so that up to date service charge information can be obtained at the earliest opportunity.

Why do I have to fill in all these forms?
The purpose of the property information forms is to provide as much information as possible to the buyers solicitors. This should mean that less enquiries are raised later as the buyers will have all the information to hand. This should speed up the conveyancing process.

Where will my deeds be?
If you own a freehold property it is unlikely there will be any “deeds” save for original guarantees for any work done and any indemnity insurance policies. If you own a leasehold property there may be an original lease. We will request the deeds from your mortgage company but if you have any deeds or other relevant paperwork from when you purchased the property or any subsequent work you have carried out you should send this to us when you return the protocol forms to us.

When will my mortgage be paid off?
Any existing mortgage will be paid off at completion of the sale of the property from the purchase monies. We will contact your mortgage lender when you instruct us on your sale to ask how much it will cost to pay off the mortgage and we will ask for an update after contracts have been exchanged and a completion date has been agreed. You may want to check with your lender whether you will be charged a financial penalty if you pay off the mortgage early; this often applies when your existing mortgage was set up on a fixed rate, or if you received a ‘cash back’ when it was originally set up.

Will the local authority search delay the sale of my property?
Searches can now be made online and most local authorities have a turnaround time of less than two weeks. Islington’s current turnaround time is approximately 5 days.

My buyer has less than a 10% deposit at exchange of contracts.
If you agree to accept less than a 10% deposit on exchange of contracts, and the buyer fails to complete the purchase of your property on the completion date, they must pay the balance. However, you would normally have to go through the due legal process to recover your losses and it might not be financially worthwhile to sue the buyer. Fortunately, in practice it is extremely rare for a buyer to default, but you need to be aware of the slight risk if you accept a deposit of less than 10% of the price.

When will I get the proceeds of sale in my bank account?
On completion day we will transfer any balance (after the mortgage, our costs and any other related costs have been paid) to your nominated bank account. We can, for a small fee, transfer this the same day, or for no fee can transfer this on a three day basis.

Our Residential Property Team

T: 020 7288 4719
Nicki Iliffe
I have worked for Bolt Burdon for over twenty years and I am a partner and became the C.O.O. (Chief Operating Officer) in 2017. Read More
T: 020 7288 4712
Sarah Davies
I am a Licensed Conveyancer and a Partner in Bolt Burdon. I head one of the residential conveyancing teams and have in excess of 10 years experience in residential conveyancing. Read More
T: 020 7288 4705
Sonal Ghelani
Having completed my law degree at the University of Hertfordshire and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, I worked in house for a lending institution for a couple of years dealing with mortgage repossession work before joining a firm in Harrow where I completed my training contract and qualified as a solicitor in July 2007. ShortIy thereafter I moved to a larger firm in Ealing where I dealt with all aspects of property work, which included residential conveyancing, commercial property, lease extensions and collective enfranchisement. I also dealt with private client work for the firm including obtaining probate, preparing Trust Deeds and General Powers of Attorney. Read More
Cathrine Williams
I am an Associate Solicitor in the Residential Property Department. Read More
T: 020 7288 4758
Amie Mackay
I am a senior solicitor in the Residential Property Department. Read More
T: 020 7288 4715
Krupa Shah
I am a senior solicitor in the Residential Property Department. Read More
T: 020 7288 4749
Sian Farrell
I am a Solicitor in the Residential Conveyancing team at Bolt Burdon. Read More
Malwina Konopinska
I am a senior paralegal in the Residential Property Department. Read More
T: 020 7288 4718
Cansu Iscan
I am a paralegal in the Residential Property team and assist with a wide range of conveyancing transactions. Read More
Marinelle Mawa
I started at Bolt Burdon as a Residential Property Paralegal in February 2018. I am currently studying the LPC part-time at BPP Law School and I am due to complete the course by May 2019. I have had great exposure to residential property and acquired valuable experience within a number of firms specialising in this field. I look forward to learning more at Bolt Burdon and developing my career. Read More
T: 020 7288 4776
Ana Botez
As a Paralegal in the Residential Property team, I can assist on a variety of conveyance transactions including purchases, sales, new build properties and re-mortgages. Read More
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