The solicitors will then write to each other to confirm that they are instructed in the transaction and confirm the information set out in the Memorandum of Sale.
At the same time, you will be provided with a number of documents to complete. The first is the Property Information Form, this will ask you for information specific to your property such as boundaries, structural changes and services. This needs to be completed and you will need to attach any relevant documents in your possession such as a FENSA certificate or a Gas Safe certificate. The second is a Fittings and Contents Form, this asks you about the fixtures and fittings in the property and aims to make sure that both buyer and seller know what is to be left in the property upon completion.
If your property is a leasehold property you will also receive a Leasehold Information Form which asks information relating to the lease of the property such as the management company and landlord information and fees that you currently pay.
These three forms are then returned to your solicitor. Once your solicitor has received confirmation of instructions from the buyer’s solicitor the Contract Pack is then drafted and sent to the buyers solicitor. The Contract pack consists of a draft contract, the forms provided by you and the Land Registry titles pertaining to the property to be sold. There will always be two Land Registry Official Copies. One is the title for the property, and one is the plan. If there are covenants contained within the title held in other titles, then these will also need to be downloaded. For a leasehold property there will also be a title and plan to be downloaded for the freehold and the lease which should be registered with the Land Registry.