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Belvedere Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £8,364
  • 2 82% freehold and 18% leasehold conveyancing in Belvedere for this year to date
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 4 Percentage of cases in Belvedere that are buy to let is 11%
  • 5 Average time from start to moving day was 66 days for conveyancing in Belvedere

Examples of recent conveyancing in Belvedere since June 2022*

Transfer

of semi residence, Ruskin Road, DA17 5BB completing on 28/06/2022 at a price of £425,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges, sending title deeds and executed transfer to buyer’s conveyancer

Transfer

of terraced residence, Ruskin Road, DA17 5BB completing on 28/06/2022 at a price of £425,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, sending the transfer to the seller for execution in readiness for completion, agreeing completion date with parties

Sale

of terraced property, Riverdale Road, DA8 1PX completing on 04/07/2022 at a price of £398,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, ordering official copies of the title, setting up the completion formalities

Sale

of terraced premises, Heron Hill, DA17 5HJ completing on 23/06/2022 at a price of £435,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: sending the transfer to the vendor for signature in preparation for completion, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Belvedere

Would the conveyancing solicitors that you recommend handle right to buy conveyancing in Belvedere?

We have identified numerous conveyancing firms who can handle right to buy conveyancing Do get in touch with the lawyers listed to secure a costs calculation.

I am selling my home in Belvedere. Does my conveyancing practitioner need to be on the TSB conveyancing panel in order to deal with repayment of my mortgage?

Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the TSB conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. It might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their requirements fairly frequently currently.

Will my solicitor be asking questions concerning flooding as part of the conveyancing in Belvedere.

Flooding is a growing risk for lawyers conducting conveyancing in Belvedere. Some people will purchase a house in Belvedere, completely aware that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical damage, if a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, adequate building insurance, or dispose of the property. Steps can be carried out during the course of a property purchase to forewarn the purchaser.

Conveyancers are not best placed to offer advice on flood risk, but there are a number of searches that can be initiated by the purchaser or on a buyer’s behalf which will figure out the risks in Belvedere. The standard information given to a purchaser’s conveyancer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) contains a usual inquiry of the vendor to determine whether the premises has suffered from flooding. If flooding has previously occurred which is not disclosed by the seller, then a purchaser may bring a compensation claim as a result of such an incorrect answer. The purchaser’s lawyers will also order an environmental report. This will indicate whether there is a recorded flood risk. If so, further investigations should be conducted.

My wife and I purchased a renovated Georgian house in Belvedere. Conveyancing practitioner represented me and Santander. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw two entries: one for freehold, another for leasehold with the matching property. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?

You need to review the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Belvedere and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they sell they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with purchasers. You can also enquire as to the position with your conveyancing solicitor who conducted the conveyancing.

Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Belvedere with the intention of speeding up the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Belvedere can be bypassed if you instruct lawyers the minute your agents start advertising the property and ask them to collate the leasehold documentation which will be required by the buyers’ solicitors.
  • If you have carried out any alterations to the property would they have required Landlord’s permission? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Most leases in Belvedere state that internal structural changes or laying down wooden flooring calls for a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such changes. If you dont have the approvals in place you should not communicate with the landlord without contacting your solicitor in the first instance. If you are supposed to have a share in the Management Company, you should make sure that you have the original share certificate. Arranging a new share certificate is often a lengthy formality and slows down many a Belvedere conveyancing deal. Where a duplicate share certificate is needed, you should approach the company officers or managing agents (where relevant) for this as soon as possible. If you have had any disputes with your landlord or managing agents it is essential that these are settled prior to the flat being put on the market. The purchasers and their solicitors will be nervous about purchasing a flat where there is a current dispute. You will have to accept that you will have to pay any arrears of service charge or resolve the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled prior to the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You will still have to reveal details of the dispute to the purchasers, but it is better to present the dispute as historic as opposed to unresolved. You believe that you know the number of years left on your lease but you should verify this by asking your conveyancers. A purchaser's lawyer will be unlikely to recommend their client to where the lease term is below 80 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an as soon as possible that you consider whether the lease requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale.

I have given up trying to reach an agreement for a lease extension in Belvedere. Can this matter be resolved via the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal?

Where there is a absentee freeholder or if there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant legislation you can apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to make a decision on the price payable.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Belvedere property 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 related to 13 flats. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 76 years.

Me and my wife are buying a leasehold flat in Belvedere. Conveyancing quotes are averaging around £1700. Is that in the right ballpark?

The average cost last year for conveyancing in Belvedere was just over one thousand four hundred and fifty pounds not including Land Tax and HMLR charges.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Belvedere regulated by the SRA

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

  • Margaret Olusegun, 3 The View, London, Bexley, SE2 0DX
  • Apex Law Llp, 3 The Pantiles, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH
  • Michael A Clark Limited, C/o T G Baynes, Broadway House, 208 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7BG
  • Richard R Thomas Limited, C/o T G Baynes, Broadway House, 208 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7BG
  • Stephen J Burton Limited, C/o T G Baynes, Broadway House, 208 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7BG

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Belvedere

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Belvedere practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Terms and conditions of tenancy agreements

  • Margaret Olusegun, 3 The View, London, Bexley, SE2 0DX
  • Bloomfield Solicitors, The Thames Innovation Centre, 2 Veridion Way, Erith, Kent, DA18 4AL
  • Dorcas Funmi & Co, 12 Brook Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1JQ
  • Apex Law Llp, 3 The Pantiles, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH
  • Caroline Mathews Solicitors, 57 Perry Street, Crayford, Dartford, Kent, DA1 4RB

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Belvedere regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Belvedere but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Cain Associates Llp, 297 The Broadway, DA6 8DG
  • Suriya & Douglas, Suite B, 7th Floor, Charter House, IG1 1UF

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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