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5 reasons to use our service to help you select a local conveyancing solicitor in Benfleet

  • 1 Lawyer conveyancing solicitors have excellent personal connections with Benfleet selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 2 Benfleet conveyancers have a crucial edge when it comes to Benfleet conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that will impact your sale or purchase
  • 3 Benfleet conveyancers work in conjunction with Benfleet estate agents, property finders, surveyors, banks and other professionals to ensure that the highest level of service is offered to buyers and sellers every step of the way, offering all the legal expertise and help you require
  • 4 Benfleet lawyer are the linchpin to a successful Benfleet conveyancing experience, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your transaction
  • 5 Personal touch and a wealth of experience are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Benfleet home moves can be made significantly more stressful because of lack of transparency between all the parties. The lawyers we work with ensure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments instantly.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Benfleet since July 2021*

Transfer

of semi-detached residence, Parkstone Avenue, SS7 1SP completing on 30/07/2021 at a price of £286,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, obtaining official copies of the title

Disposal

of terraced premises, Hadleigh Park Avenue, SS7 1SA completing on 02/08/2021 at a price of £458,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties, sending title deeds and signed transfer to buyer’s solicitor

Disposal

of apartment Patterdale SS7 4LQ, at buying amount of £232,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties, setting up the completion formalities

Disposal

of flat Muirway SS7 4LS, at the agreed price of £220,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending the transfer to the seller for execution in readiness for completion, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Benfleet

I am selling my home in Benfleet and the EA has just telephoned to advise that the purchasers are swapping conveyancer. The excuse is that the lender will only work with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a major mortgage company only deal with certain law firms rather the firm that they want to select for their conveyancing in Benfleet ?

Banks have always had an approved set of law firms that can represent them, but in the last few years big names such as HSBC, have considered and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for decades.

Mortgage companies point to the increase in fraud as the reason for the cull – criteria have been stiffened as a smaller panel is easier to monitor. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society claims that 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 impact on this.

I am thinking of mortgaging my apartment in Benfleet, does my lawyer have to be on the Aldermore Solicitor panel?

In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on the Aldermore conveyancing panel, but Aldermore would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same conveyancing matter.

Me and my brother own a terraced Edwardian property in Benfleet. Conveyancing lawyer represented me and Halifax. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and there are a couple of entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold with the exact same property. If a house is not a freehold shouldn't I have been informed?

You need to read 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 Benfleet and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with buyers. You can also enquire as to the situation with the conveyancing solicitor who conducted the purchase.

How does conveyancing in Benfleet differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build premises in Benfleet contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is finished. This is because house builders in Benfleet usually buy the real estate, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Benfleet or who has acted in the same development.

I have been on the look out for a flat up to £245,000 and identified one close by in Benfleet I like with a park and railway links in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 61 years unexpired on the lease. There is not much else in Benfleet in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error acquiring a lease with such few years left?

If you need a home loan that many years will be problematic. Reduce the offer by the expected lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the existing owner has owned the property for a minimum of twenty four months you can ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this matter.

I am using a search engine for the term on line conveyancing in Benfleet it shows results of numerous solicitorsin the area. How do I determine which is the suitable conveyancer for purchase transaction?

The preferential way of seeking the right conveyancer is through a personal referral, so ask colleagues and those you trust who have acquired a property in Benfleet or the reputable estate agent or mortgage broker. Costs for conveyancing in Benfleet differ, so it's sensible to secure at least four quotes from different law firms. Make sure that you clarify what costs in the quote includes.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Benfleet regulated by the SRA

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

  • Pearl Baker, Ivy House, 13 High Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7SA
  • Esw Legal Limited, 162-168 High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7BY
  • Rudds, 81a High Street, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7EJ
  • Todmans S R E, Barringtons, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8EH
  • Alan Simpson & Co, Mill Court, 19 London Hill, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7HW

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Benfleet regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Benfleet but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Nfl Legal Ltd, 105 London Road, SS7 5TG
  • Pcs Legal , 5 The Capricorn Centre, SS14 3JA
  • Dorling Cottrell Limited, Suite 6 Phoenix House, SS14 3EZ
  • Chris Allnutt & Co, Ground Floor, Broadway House, SS11 7AD
  • Garnett Wilson Conveyancing Services Llp, Cumberland House, SS2 6HZ

Planning law solicitors in Benfleet regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Benfleet practicing in planning law. This should include advice on planning applications and appeals
  • Paul Robinson Solicitors Llp, The Old Bank, 470-474 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LD

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

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