Buying This Woodland (Scotland)
Buying a woodland from Woods4Sale should be a straightforward process. We suggest you look at a few before you commit to making a purchase.
A visit to the woodland is essential before you confirm you wish to buy it. We reserve the right to refuse to sell any woodland to purchasers who have not been to see it first.
Once you have viewed a woodland and decided you wish to buy it, please send an email confirming this to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- The name and price of the woodland
- Confirmation you have viewed the woodland
- Full name (including middle names), address, phone number and date of birth of all legal purchasers
- The full contact details of the solicitor who has been instructed
At this point, the woodland will be taken off the market and marked as sold on our website. We will not accept any other offers.
Scotland has a different legal and conveyancing system from England and Wales. If purchasing a woodland in Scotland you will need a Scottish solicitor.
We have a list of solicitors who are experienced in woodland conveyancing. Please visit the Recommended Solicitors page of this website. A solicitor should charge between £600 and £900 (excluding VAT) for this work, and we recommend that you agree a fixed fee in advance. Other costs include recording the land registry title (£20 - £40 for woodlands up to £80,000). Search fees can vary from £50 to £150. Stamp duty only applies to woodland purchases in excess of £150,000. We suggest you ask your solicitor to include these items in any estimate.
The Conveyancing Process
We ask all buyers to maintain regular contact with their solicitors to keep the process moving and ensure a reasonably fast turnaround of documents. As part of the process you will be obliged to verify your identity and source of funding, and we may use a regulated third party to carry out online identity checks based on the information you provide us.
Under Scottish law, the contract is generally concluded and legally binding once the initial offer has been accepted by the seller. The contract is normally formed by letters (missives) which are sent between the solicitors acting for both parties. Once all the terms of the contract are agreed, the missives are said to be concluded, and there is then a binding contract for the sale of the property.
The conveyancing process in Scotland typically takes four to six weeks and can be broken down into the following stages:
- You write to us confirming you want to purchase a particular woodland.
- Your solicitor writes to the seller’s solicitor with a formal offer to purchase including price and entry date. If this offer is accepted without qualification then under Scottish law the contract is concluded and legally binding. In practice there are invariably qualifications to the offer, in which case the process continues as below.
- The seller’s solicitor responds to the offer with a qualified acceptance which then requires a further response from your solicitor. This correspondence (missives) continues until all clauses are accepted without qualification by both sides, at which point missives are said to be concluded. Once missives are concluded there is a legally binding contract as described in a document called the disposition which is signed by the seller.
- The seller’s solicitor will require cleared funds for the full purchase price a few days before the agreed entry date. Funds and ownership are duly transferred on the agreed entry date.
Once your purchase has completed, we will pay for your first year’s membership with the Small Woods Association, a charity promoting sustainable woodland management.
If you have any concerns at all during the sales process, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you in any way we can.
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