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Residential Property

Buying, Selling, or Mortgaging a Residential Property

Buying or selling a house is a significant milestone, and in the midst of the excitement, trying to navigate and understand the legal aspects of purchasing or selling a property can be a minefield. From site purchases to residences and mortgages, seeking advice from a residential property solicitor should be one of the first steps in your home buying or selling journey. 

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Conveyancing Solicitors at Padhraic Harris & Co. Galway

If you are buying, selling, or mortgaging a residential property, our property solicitors, are the people to contact. We has a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of residential property from site purchases to residences and mortgages. 

We will take you through the steps involved in buying a house and explain the process and what is involved. We will keep in touch with you and all other parties involved in the transaction such as Auctioneers, other party’s Solicitors, and Banks.

Arrange a meeting with one our solicitors in our Galway city office, located beside the Eyre Square Shopping Centre, to discuss your property purchase and get started in your home buying journey. 

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Buying and Selling Commercial or Residential Property

Whether you are buying or selling a property you will want an experienced solicitor to act on your behalf. 

  • At Padhraic Harris & Co. we have over 30 years of experience in representing;
    • first time buyers,
    • property investors,
    • cash buyers,
    • companies and 
    • public bodies
  • buying or selling
    • second-hand properties, 
    • new builds, 
    • apartments, 
    • development land,
    • commercial spaces.

We also advise on Compulsory Purchase Orders.

What does a solicitor do in a property transaction?

Some basic steps a solicitor will take in carrying out a straightforward property transaction include; carrying out of searches, ‘investigating’ the title of the property, drafting contracts for sale, making and responding to enquiries in relation to the property and the contract (‘requisitions on title’ and ‘replies to requisitions on title), drafting required documentation including declarations (e.g. a family home declaration), closing the sale and registering title.

When should I engage a solicitor?

If you are buying a house/property it is a good idea to contact a solicitor at an early stage. This can prevent delays and difficulties. A good time to contact a solicitor is after you get mortgage approval in principle and before you make an offer.

If you are selling a house/property you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. This is particularly important if you are hoping to speed up the transaction. In advance of a sale, your solicitor can draft the contract for sale, obtain title documents from the bank, identify any issues that may arise (e.g. difficulties around planning permission), estimate costs, and answer any questions you may have. 

Do you have another issue related to residential property you would like to discuss? Padhraic or Donna, our Galway based property solicitors can advise on a range of areas, including:

A voluntary transfer is usually between related parties, such as a parent and child or between spouses, where the property is transferred for ‘natural love and affection’ rather than payment of a sum of money.

Voluntary transfers are perfectly valid however your solicitor will advise you of any potential issues that may arise e.g. there may be implications for the Fair Deal Scheme or there may be taxation implications arising from such transfers.

When buying a property you will more than likely need a mortgage to make the purchase. At a later stage you may decide to switch from one mortgage provider to another, we can help with legal work involved.

We represens both landlords and tenants before the Residential Tenancies Board. Examples of disputes that may end up before the RTB are:

  • Termination Notices – including invalid reasons for serving a termination notice, failure to follow proper procedures in serving a termination notice, or tenants remaining in a property despite being served with a valid termination notice.
  • Breaches of Tenancy Obligations – be it by the tenant or landlord
  • Rent Arrears and Overholding
  • Damage to property and repairs
  • Inspections and access to the property
  • Rent reviews in Rent Pressure Zones
  • Retention of deposits
  • Evictions

Arrange an appointment in our Galway City office

Padhraic Harris & Co Solicitors is located at Merchants Gate, Merchants Road in Galway city and is open from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. Use the contact form below and our team will be in touch to arrange an appointment with you.

If you wish we can also arrange an appointment to suit you in Oughterard.

Outside of these times appointments are provided to meet your needs.

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