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Reasons to use our Bickley conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Excellent communication together with pure property local knowledge are key benefits that you should look for when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Bickley property deals can become significantly more stressful because of poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers we work with endeavour to make sure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments expeditiously.
  • 2 The Bickley conveyancing practitioners that are identified are committed to supplying the most cost, efficient and transparent conveyancing service to home buyers, sellers and remortgagors in Bickley
  • 3 Solicitors that specialise in conveyancing in Bickley have a grasp oflocal concerns specific to Bickley and therefore you may benefit from better guidance and expeditious conveyancing.
  • 4 Notwithstanding what other on-line conveyancers tell you it may be necessary to attend your lawyer to sign contracts. There are various parties with engaged in a house sale without needing to include Royal Mail into the pot.
  • 5 The companies shown on our web pages have a mix of conveyancing lawyers, legal executives and support staff handling thousands of conveyancing matters annually.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bickley since January 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bickley

My family lawyer has quoted £1200 for no sale no fee conveyancing in Bickley. I’m looking to sell a purpose built house for £150,000. This seems over the top. Is it in excess of what I should be paying for conveyancing in Bickley?

The quote is slightly on the high side. If you shop around you could shave off some of the cost by say £125. On the other hand, you couldcome to regret choosing an an untested lawyer. Remember to ensure the firm can also act for your mortgage company. You can utilise our comparison tool to select a Bickley conveyancing practice on the banks approved list of lawyers which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Bickley.

I have Fifty Six years remaining on my lease and require a lease extension for my apartment in Bickley. Conveyancing solicitors on the The Mortgage Works panel can deal with such extensions right?

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are getting a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. The Mortgage Works have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 15/4/2021 the requirements read as follows :

Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Originations):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Originations):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years

I have recentlyfound out that Action Conveyancing have been shut down. They carried out my conveyancing in Bickley for a purchase of a leasehold flat 12 months ago. How can I establish that my home is not still registered in the name of the former proprietor?

The quickest method to see if the property is registered to you, you can carry out a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Bickley conveyancing specialists.

I am looking for a leasehold apartment up to £245,000 and identified one near me in Bickley I like with amenity areas and station nearby, however it's only got 61 remaining years left on the lease. There is not much else in Bickley for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a short lease?

Should you need a mortgage the remaining unexpired lease term will be an issue. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current owner has owned the premises for a minimum of 2 years you may request that they commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer regarding this matter.

I am using a search engine for the words cheap conveyancing in Bickley it shows results of many property lawyerslocally. How do I determine which is the right solicitor for me?

The ideal method of choosing a suitable conveyancer is via trusted recommendation, so enquire of colleagues and those you trust who have purchased a property in Bickley or the reputable estate agent or mortgage broker. Fees for conveyancing in Bickley vary, so it's a good idea to request at least four fee estimates from different conveyancers. Dont forget to clarify that the fees are fixed.

All being well we will complete the sale of our £350,000 flat in Bickley on Tuesday in a week. The management company has quoted £420 for Certificate of Compliance, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Bickley?

Bickley conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes normally results in fees being invoiced by freeholders :

    Answering conveyancing due diligence questions Where consent is required before sale in Bickley Supplying insurance information Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Bickley leasehold property is £350. For Bickley conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to provide the information.

I inherited a first flat in Bickley. Given that I can not reach agreement with the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount payable for a lease extension?

Most certainly. We are happy to put you in touch with a Bickley conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Bickley residence is 1 Southlands Court Southlands Road in September 2013. The Leasehold Valuation Tribunal determined that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 was £30,541 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 50.57 years.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bickley regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Bickley with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Bickley. This may include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Tinklin Springall, Devonshire House, Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1TF
  • Thackray Williams Llp, Kings House, 32-40 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RY
  • Batchelors, Charles House, 35 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RW
  • J & P Credit Solutions Limited, Justin House, 6 West Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1JN
  • Judge And Priestley Llp, Justin House, 6 West Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1JN

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Bickley regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Bickley but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Ducat Law Ltd, TMS House, BR5 3QB
  • Peter W Stevens , 107 Maxwell Gardens, BR6 9QT
  • Walter Saunders, 382 Brockley Road, SE4 2BY
  • Cain Associates Llp, 297 The Broadway, DA6 8DG

Planning law solicitors in Bickley regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Bickley with expertise in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Batchelors, Charles House, 35 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RW
  • Wellers Law Group Llp, Tenison House, Tweedy Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3NF
  • A E Short, 144 Bromley Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 6PG
  • 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

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