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  • 2 Abbey Wood conveyancers have a crucial edge when it comes to Abbey Wood conveyancing as they have valuable local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that can affect your home move
  • 3 Solicitor conveyancing solicitors have extremely good personal links with Abbey Wood selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 4 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these organisations are often based hundreds of miles away with limited understanding of the factors that affect property transactions in Abbey Wood
  • 5 Abbey Wood property lawyers work in partnership with Abbey Wood estate agents, developers, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to ensure that a quality service is offered to clients every step of the way, to ensure you’re kept informed as to progress all the way along

Examples of recent conveyancing in Abbey Wood since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Abbey Wood

I am selling my ground floor flat in Abbey Wood and the estate agent has just e-mailed to advise that the purchasers are switching solicitor. The reason given is that the bank will only engage with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a major mortgage company only engage with certain lawyers rather the firm that they want to choose for their conveyancing in Abbey Wood ?

Mortgage companies have always had an approved set of law firms they are content to work with, but in recent years big names such as Nationwide, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for many years.

Mortgage companies point to the increase in fraud as the reason for the reduction – criteria have been stiffened as a smaller panel is easier to oversee. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is being contacted daily by practices that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms do not even realise they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. Your purchasers are unlikely to have any sway in the decision.

Do all mortgage companies provide you with an approved list of Abbey Wood conveyancing solicitors? How do you know who is on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel?

Abbey Wood conveyancing firms themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from Leeds Building Society directly.

We're in Abbey Wood, FTBs purchasing with a mortgage (lender is Co-operative , and our lawyer is on the Co-operative conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?

The fact that your lawyer is on the Co-operative conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancing practitioner should guarantee a timeframe for your conveyancing, due to third parties outside of your control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain.

Will my conveyancer be making enquiries concerning flooding during the conveyancing in Abbey Wood.

Flooding is a growing risk for solicitors specialising in conveyancing in Abbey Wood. There are those who acquire a house in Abbey Wood, completely expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, leaving to one side the physical damage, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, satisfactory insurance cover, or sell the property. There are steps that can be taken as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Lawyers are not best placed to offer advice on flood risk, however there are a various searches that can be carried out by the buyer or by their solicitors which should give them a better understanding of the risks in Abbey Wood. The standard information given to a buyer’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a standard question of the seller to find out if the property has suffered from flooding. If flooding has previously occurred which is not disclosed by the owner, then a buyer may commence a compensation claim as a result of such an misleading reply. A purchaser’s conveyancers will also conduct an environmental report. This should indicate if there is a recorded flood risk. If so, further inquiries should be initiated.

I am looking for a conveyancing practitioner in Abbey Wood for my home move. Is there any facility to check a solicitor's record with the legal regulator?

One can review documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations resulting from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Visit Check a solicitor's record. To find information Pre 2008, or to check a firm's record, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA could monitor telephone calls for training reasons.

Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Abbey Wood from the perspective of speeding up the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Abbey Wood can be bypassed where you get in touch lawyers the minute you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
  • If you hold a share in a the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share document. Organising a re-issued share certificate can be a time consuming process and slows down many a Abbey Wood home move. Where a reissued share certificate is required, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this as soon as possible. You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but it would be wise to verify this by asking your solicitors. A purchaser's lawyer will not be happy to advise their client to where the remaining number of years is less than 80 years. It is therefore essential at an early stage that you identify whether the lease for your property needs extending. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your premises on the market for sale. Some Abbey Wood leases require Landlord’s consent to the sale and approval of the buyers. If this is the case, it would be prudent to place the estate agents on notice to make sure that the purchasers obtain bank and professional references. Any bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are financially capable of paying the annual service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their lawyers.

Notwithstanding our best efforts, we have been unsuccessful in trying to purchase the freehold in Abbey Wood. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

if there is a missing landlord or if there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to make a decision on the price payable.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Abbey Wood residence is Various @ Colombus Square in January 2012. the Tribunal calculated the premiums to be paid for new leases for each of the flats in Mariners Walk to be £3822 and the premium to be paid for the new lease of 2 Knights Court to be £4439. This case affected 13 flats. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 76 years.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Abbey Wood regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Abbey Wood but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Toltops Solicitors, 41 Manton Road, Greenwich, London, London, SE2 0JE
  • Margaret Olusegun, 3 The View, London, Bexley, SE2 0DX
  • Rees Myers Solicitors, Gunnery House, 9 - 11 Gunnery Terrace, Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SW
  • Hadfield & Co, 1 Central Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 3AX
  • Apex Law Llp, 3 The Pantiles, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Abbey Wood regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Abbey Wood specialising in commercial conveyancing in Abbey Wood. This will likely include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Margaret Olusegun, 3 The View, London, Bexley, SE2 0DX
  • Hadfield & Co, 1 Central Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 3AX
  • Apex Law Llp, 3 The Pantiles, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH
  • Gough Clinton & Broom, 104 Bellegrove Road, Welling, Kent, Welling, Kent, DA16 3QD
  • Cook Taylor, 3 Thomas Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6HR

Planning law solicitors in Abbey Wood regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Abbey Wood practicing in planning law. This may include advice on planning applications and appeals
  • Hadfield & Co, 1 Central Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 3AX
  • Apex Law Llp, 3 The Pantiles, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH
  • Beverley Morris & Co, 35 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Villiage, London, SE3 0TJ
  • Beverley Morris & Co Incorporating Peter Egan & Co, 62 Lewisham High Street, London, London, SE13 5JH
  • Abdullah Solicitors, 56 Mansfield Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 3BD

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