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Residential Property

We recognise that, for many people, buying or selling a house can be a hugely stressful experience. Our Residential Property team has a friendly and professional approach. We ensure that your sale, purchase or both proceeds as quickly and smoothly as possible.

It is important to make sure that the legal issues are dealt with professionally, as mistakes could prove expensive.

At a difficult time, it’s also good to know that you can speak to a friendly member of our dedicated team. We will be here for you all the way through the transaction.

Please click on the links to the left of this page for further information relating to your property. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or you feel your situation is complex and you would benefit from speaking to a legal advisor, please telephone us on 0800 8 60 62 65.

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Why choose Ridley & Hall's Property Team?

Why Choose Us?

We make your move as stress free as possible.

Moving home is one of the most stressful experiences many of us can face and if you use us you will never be afraid to call and there will always be someone there to assist. We have over 70 years’ experience of assisting clients in making what is likely to be the largest investment they are ever going to make.

We know what we are talking about.

We have a dedicated team of specialist property lawyers and we will not be in court when you phone. We will work exclusively on your behalf for your property sale or purchase, with your best interests being our only concern. For your added benefit, we also have specialist lawyers.

We will provide you with a competitive price.

If you are looking for value for money from your solicitor, don’t simply take the first conveyancing solicitor that your estate agent recommends (after all, their conveyancing recommendation is often based on commission, not quality – this information must be disclosed to you by the estate agents.

What We Can Do For You

Here at Ridley & Hall, your transaction will be managed by one experienced Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer who will regularly provide you with updates and take you through the transaction every step of the way.

We provide you with a quote, and once you agree, we begin the process, helping you out with all aspects of the conveyancing process whether you are buying or selling.

Our aim is to make this as stress-free for you as possible.

Pricing Structure

  • Our conveyancing costs are fixed so there are no surprises. This allows you to budget from the start
  • No hidden extras for acting for mortgage lender or completing the stamp duty form (sdlt)
  • The only time costs may change is: (A) If you change your instructions to us, (B) The transaction becomes complex and there is additional work to do
  • Experienced dedicated lawyers will assist you all the way from start to finish
  • Direct dial numbers to your dedicated lawyer
  • We are not the cheapest but we are also not the most expensive
  • We are CQS accredited
  • We act for the majority of high street lenders and are on their panel

Fees based on the property being in Kirklees and also being an established residential house

Example of a sale up to £200,000

Legal Costs £700.00
VAT £140.00
Bank Transfer Fee (incl VAT) £36.00
File Scanning Fee (incl VAT) £12.00
Land Registry Fee £7.20
Online ID £5.60
E-Docs £4.00
Total £904.80

Example of a purchase up to £200,000

Legal Costs £700.00
VAT thereon £140.00
Searches* £231 for Kirklees (this is different for each area)
Land Registry Search Fee £3.60 (assumes one title)
Land Charges Fee £2.40 (per name)
Land Registration Fee £95.00 (assuming the property is registered)
Bank Transfer Fee (incl VAT) £36.00
File Scanning Fee (incl VAT) £12.00
Online ID £5.50
SDLT (stamp duty) £60.00
Total Approximately £1285.5

*The search bundle includes all the standard property searches, including Local, Water & Drainage, Coal & Mining and Environmental and is inclusive of VAT.

In addition items that need to be considered when purchasing a property

  • Stamp duty as this varies  depending on each transaction
  • Whether you have a First Time Buyer ISA (£50 +VAT)
  • Whether the property is a New Build (£150 +VAT)
  • Whether the property is a Leasehold Flat (£150 + VAT)
  • Help to Buy Equity loan (£150.00 plus VAT)

In addition to sale and purchases we deal with the following

  • Remortgages
  • Declaration of trust
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Shared Ownership
  • Equity release

For a more accurate breakdown costs which is personalised to you please telephone our offices

Our People In Huddersfield

Alison Mason

Head of the Residential Property Department,
Alison Mason is Head of the Property Department and is a Licensed Conveyancer with over 20 years of experience in residential Conveyancing. Alison joined Ridley & Hall in 1996 having previously worked for other local firms....

Susan Sowden

Susan joined the firm in November 2019, from a firm in South Yorkshire but having previously been with firms in West Yorkshire. She specialises in all forms of residential conveyancing including sales, purchases, remortgages, transfers of equity and sales of new build plots on small-scale property developments. Susan also has a background in commercial property matters and Wills & Probate matters....

Shad Mpande

Shad specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing, ranging from assisting first time buyers secure their first property, helping investors grow their property portfolio or assisting separating couples in transferring ownership of the property which can be a difficult time....

Afreen Mhar

Afreen recently joined the property team as a Residential and Commercial Property Solicitor in September 2019. After living in Norfolk since 2016, she has returned home to Huddersfield to settle back in to her community....

Our People In Pontefract

Adam Fletcher

Head of Pontefract - South Elmsall Office
Adam is a Director & Head of our Pontefract office. Adam was appointed Managing Director in 2012-2018, having previously held the role of Technology and Business Development Partner with the firm for the previous 12 months....

Alistair McKinlay

Team Leader for Property, South Elmsall
Alistair is a Partner in the Residential Property department, based in South Elmsall Pontefract, where he works alongside Adam Fletcher and Ashley Sowerby. He joined Ridley & Hall in February 2020 to help further develop the firm and department’s profile, having been a Partner for over 20 years at a well known Leeds practice....

Natalie Hudson

Legal Executive
Natalie joined our residential property team as Chartered Legal Executive at our South Elmsall office dealing with all aspects of residential conveyancing including; sales, purchases, leases, new build sales and plot purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity and shared ownership....
Marina Cotton

Marina Cotton

Marina joined our residential property team as a Property Paralegal to work alongside Alistair McKinlay at our South Elmsall office, dealing with sales, purchases, transfers of equity and remortgages.  ...

Our People In Barnsley

Adam Leece

Adam Leece

Team Leader for Property, Barnsley
Adam takes instructions on a range of transactions including both residential and commercial sales and purchases, leases and business sales and purchases. He also has a history of working with business clients dealing with debt recovery matters frequently on the small claims track....

Kate Ward

Associate Solicitor
Kate Ward is an associate solicitor based in our conveyancing department. Kate qualified as a solicitor in September 2008 and has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of residential property. She has also dealt with land sales and purchases and adverse possession. ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

When you borrow money from a bank, building society, private individual or other financial institution they take the property as security secured by way of a mortgage or legal charge against the title of the property. The charge remains until it is either repaid or the property is sold. The charge gives the lender rights over the property specifically the right to repossess if the loan is not repaid.

A remortgage is when you already have a mortgage with one lender and you refinance with another lender.

Not usually, but this depends on the lender and the locality of the property, most require either a local authority search or search indemnity insurance which covers all searches.

All lenders require you to have a solicitor, either one of their own or one of your own choice because in addition to your own interests the lender’s interest must also be protected from anything that may affect their security, most mainstream lenders are happy for one firm to act for both the lender and the borrower.

Usually about 4 to 5 weeks.

For further information or a quote please contact Alison Mason.