Because park home purchases can occur very quickly, we recommend that if you are going to instruct us then you do so at the very earliest opportunity.
Sometimes it makes sense to do this even before you put in an offer, so that we can get all of the paperwork in order and get things moving quickly.
There are formalities that solicitors need to go through before they can act for you and getting these dealt with can save time when it comes to the purchase. There is no cost involved until you tell us to go ahead. Our aim is to try and make your purchase as simple as possible.
We offer a number of fixed-price packages to assist you :
Please note that if you are comparing fees with other law firms, ours are quoted as including VAT so that the total amount is clear to you. Please let us know if you would like to know the figure excluding VAT, or hover your mouse over the image.
We will review the documents provided to you by the vendor, including the Written Statement, Site Rules and Site Licence, to consider whether there are any issues. We will give you a written report in the form of a letter or will verbally advise you as you prefer and will provide you with the forms that you will need to complete and exchange. All contact with the vendor or site owner is dealt with by you. Because we are only dealing with a review of the paperwork, we will be unable to help with transferring funds for the purchase on this package. The cost of this service is £500 including VAT.
If you want someone to help manage the process of the purchase, then we can do that for you. By law, there is a requirement for a significant pack of information to be provided and we liaise directly with the vendor and the site owner as needed to obtain this or an explanation as to why it is not available. We will deal with the paperwork that needs to be completed and arrange for it to be served as appropriate. The price for this is £800, including VAT.
Sometimes it is a good idea to conduct checks on a home, such as whether there is the correct planning permission or if enforcement action is being taken. As well as dealing with the purchase and reporting back to you, we conduct basic enquiries of the local authority. The cost of this service is £975 including VAT but you will need to add any search fees that we are charged. These vary from about £75 to £800 (including VAT), depending on the detail that you would like.
If you wish to start with a particular package and move upwards if you find things are more complicated than expected, then we can do that.
When it comes to transferring funds, this is something that you do not need a solicitor for, as it can normally be accomplished by an electronic transfer straight from your bank to the seller’s account. This saves both time and expense, as only one bank transaction is needed. We can however deal with this for you if you need us to, at an additional charge to cover bank fees and the extra time that it takes us to arrange the transaction (typically a fixed fee £50 including VAT).
The fees above also do not include work that is not described, such as negotiation with the purchaser, which we assume will be completed by you, although we can assist there if needed. We will also charge you for any expenses that are incurred, for example any fees that may need to be paid to the local authority or bank charges.
For each of these packages, the fee is normally payable in advance and will apply whether or not the purchase is completed. If you prefer to pay when our work is finished, then you will need to add 10% to the figures quoted above, as the packages above include a discount for paying at the beginning. Alternatively, we can operate on an hourly rate instead of our standard packages. This does generally work out to be more expensive, but has the advantage that you can defer payment until the end of the process. Please see our fees page for differences between the types of fees we offer.
Sometimes, there may be complications with purchases – for example if the owner of the site tries to block the sale or the home owner does not provide all of the information required, or the enquiries that we make show that there is a problem with the home. In these circumstances, we may charge an additional fee for the extra work that is involved. We will always let you know how much we expect this to be.
Our fees above do not apply to homes that are sold on a lease basis. This type of arrangement is very unusual and our fees start at £2,500 for this type of work, as it is more complex.