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Logical reasons to use our service to assist you find a high street conveyancing solicitor in Bickley

  • 1 Property lawyer conveyancing firms have excellent personal connections with Bickley estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 2 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Bickley is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) sometimes falls short of the level of professionalism you would hope for.
  • 3 The practices listed on our web pages have a mix of conveyancing practitioners, legal executives and support staff handling over one hundred thousand cases each year.
  • 4 Using a local Solicitor usually results in a more personalised service. Sometimes when dealing with a large conveyancing firm, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who update you by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 5 Bickley solicitors will be familiar with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and estate agents

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bickley since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bickley

Me and my partner are about to complete on the purchase of a house in Bickley but as a result of wreckage from a small fire at the property I have was able negotiate compensation from the seller in the sum of three thousand pounds in the form of a reduction in the price. I had intended this to be dealt with as part of amending the contract but Principality will not agree to this. Should they have been notified?

Any lawyer that is on the Principality conveyancing panel is duty bound to advise Principality of any changes to the purchase price. If you prohibit your solicitor to report the price change to Principality then they would have to discontinue acting for you. In addition, Principality and you would have to appoint a new conveyancer for your conveyancing in Bickley.

I am the registered owner of a freehold premises in Bickley but still pay rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in Bickley and has limited impact for conveyancing in Bickley but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the establishment of new rentcharges post 1977.

Old rentcharges can now be redeemed by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 is to be dispensed with completely.

I have justdiscovered that Wolstenholmes have been shut down. They carried out my conveyancing in Bickley for a purchase of a leasehold flat 10 months ago. How can I establish that the property is registered correctly in the name of the former proprietor?

The quickest way to check if the premises is in your name, you can make 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.

How does conveyancing in Bickley differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Bickley contact us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is finished. This is because developers in Bickley usually buy the land, 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 conveyancing solicitors 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 Bickley or who has acted in the same development.

I opted to have a survey done on a house in Bickley before retaining conveyancers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold element to the property. Our surveyor advised that some banks may not issue a mortgage on a flying freehold house.

It varies from the lender to lender. Santander has different requirements for example to Nationwide. If you e-mail us we can look into this further via the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Bickley. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Bickley especially if they are accustomed to such properties in Bickley.

My wife and I may need to rent out our Bickley 1st floor flat for a while due to taking a sabbatical. We used a Bickley conveyancing firm in 2003 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

A lease dictates relations between the landlord and you the leaseholder; in particular, it will say if subletting is banned, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. Most leases in Bickley do not contain an absolute prevention of subletting – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the flat. In most cases there is a basic requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the tenancy agreement.

Having spent years of correspondence we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Bickley. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

Where there is a missing landlord or if there is dispute about the premium for a lease extension, under the relevant legislation it is possible to make an application to the LVT to arrive at the price.

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 affected 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 50.57 years.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bickley regulated by the SRA

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

  • R Saifuddin, 62 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3BD
  • Tinklin Springall, Devonshire House, Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1TF
  • C R Burton & Co, Devonshire House, 29 - 31 Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1LT
  • Thackray Williams Llp, Kings House, 32-40 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RY
  • Batchelors, Charles House, 35 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RW

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 list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bickley specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including planning applications and appeals
  • 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

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

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