Property forms


When buying or selling property, forms are used throughout the transaction. The buyer of the property must complete forms in order to undertake searches at the beginning of the transaction, and these forms can be complicated. A solicitor will ensure they're completed correctly.

How does property transfer work?

When buying and selling property, forms need to be completed to show the transfer has taken place. In registered land transfers, the land registry requires forms to show the transfer and register the property.

Each type of transaction has a different type of form, for different forms are required for:

  • Selling part of the property
  • Selling the whole of the property

If you are dealing with unregistered land, then first a registration form will need to be sent to the land registry in order to register it.

When buying property, forms must be completed in order that searches on the property are properly carried out. When your solicitor makes enquiries to the local authority, they will have a form for completion which details which questions they need answering.

It is important that a solicitor assists with this as asking unnecessary questions will cause you unnecessary expense; failing to ask appropriate questions, on the other hand, could cause greater financial loss.

Form completion with property is an essential part of conveyancing for both registered and unregistered land. It is required for:

  • Searches
  • Registration
  • Leasehold transfers

A solicitor can assist in ensuring forms are properly completed and at the correct time in the transaction.

Which forms should be completed?

In every transaction for the purchase of property, forms LLC1 and CON29 must be completed. These are relevant to local land charges and enquiries made to the local authority. Although separate forms, these are usually submitted together.

The local land charges search will reveal matters kept by the local authority on their register. Matters include:

  • Tree preservation orders
  • Whether planning permission has been granted
  • If there are any restrictions on development to the property

Enquiries made to the local authority reveal more information that the local authority holds relating directly to the property, or that might affect the property. These enquiries may reveal items such as:

  • Proposals for a tree preservation order
  • Proposals for future highway developments

Part 2 of the CON29 form is for optional enquiries.

It is important that a solicitor is instructed to complete searches and forms, as failure to do so can result in the buyer lacking information, which could result in financial loss.

For example, if a buyer intends to build flats on the land they have purchased, but a planning permission application for this has already been refused, the buyer may be less inclined to purchase the property. A solicitor will ensure that you are aware of any such problems. Knowing all about the different property forms can be invaluable in conveyancing.

It is not recommended to complete these forms alone or to attempt ‘DIY conveyancing’. See our information page on cheap conveyancing to read about the dangers.

Are you looking for a conveyancing solicitor, within your budget, to handle the process of property transfer on your behalf, including filling out the relevant forms and submitting them to the Local Authority? Contact Law works with specialist conveyancers who can help you at a competitive price. Please call us on 0808 129 5758 or complete the web-form above.

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