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Selling a house – What documents does my conveyancing solicitor need from me?

Person ticking boxes on piece of paper, close-upIf you want to make sure that your sale runs smoothly from the outset, it’s a good idea to make sure that you put together all the documentation that your conveyancing solicitor will need at the earliest opportunity.

When selling a house, your conveyancing solicitor will need the originals of the following if you have them;-

• Any title deeds and sundry searches.
• Any planning permissions, plans and accompanying documents.
• Any building regulation approvals and completion certificates
• FENSA Certificate
• Gas Safety Inspection Certificate
• Electrical Safety Inspection Certificate
• Proof of boiler servicing/CORGI Certificate
• Any guarantees, together with any contracts, quotations and plans (particularly for damp proofing works).
• Any indemnity insurance policy that was put in place when you bought the property.
• Details of your existing mortgage e.g. account number and approximately how much is outstanding, together with account details for any additional financial loans or charges registered on your property.

In addition, if your property is leasehold and not freehold;-

• Latest service charge receipt
• Latest ground rent receipt
• Lease
• Share certificate
• Management company’s details
• Memorandum of Association & Articles of Association for the Management Company

In addition, whether you are buying a house or selling a house, your conveyancing solicitor will need proof of your identity because they are required to check this for Money Laundering requirements. The conveyancing solicitor will give you more details of any documents he requires, but usually a passport/photocard driving licence and bills/bank statements are sufficient.

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