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Brighton Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Brighton is 36% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 2 Median Service Charge Retention of £300.00
  • 3 125 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Brighton
  • 4 Average time frame of 56 days for registration of title in Brighton
  • 5 69% freehold and 31% leasehold conveyancing in Brighton for this year to date

Examples of recent conveyancing in Brighton since June 2020*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Brighton

Why would I use a Brighton conveyancing company given that online alternatives are more affordable?

By all means make sure that you contrast conveyancing costs in Brighton and you should seek a reasonable estimate but don’t be focused with searching for the lowest priced Brighton conveyancer. Finding the right conveyancer can be the distinction between a smooth and a frustrating move. You need to ensure that you have expert guidance from a trusted lawyer. Emails can't be as helpful as a telephone call and are no substitute for a one to one consultation. Our partner firms will appoint you a qualified and top rated conveyancing solicitor who can tackle your conveyancing from beginning to end, providing a level of continuity that you will never get with an online conveyancer. Our lawyers will contact you regularly to update you as to progress making sure that you are regularly updated. Should you need to call the office you will be sure who you need to speak to and they will endeavour to make sure that you're not left wondering what's going on.

I require conveyancing for an apartment in a relatively new development (five years built) in Brighton. The vast majority the properties have already been occupied. Do I need carry out the local searches as part of conveyancing in Brighton?

Conveyancing Searches are a critical link in the Brighton conveyancing process. There are numerous companies delivering Brighton conveyancing searches, as well straight from the local authority. These are usually referred to as personal search companies and they produce, not surprisingly, personal searches. Nevertheless, all Local Authority Search conveyancing products have one thing in common - they must secure their data from the local authoritative source.

In what way does my ID and proof of funds have anything to do with my conveyancing in Brighton? Why is this being asked of me?

Brighton conveyancing solicitors and indeed property practitioners accross the UK have an obligation under Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules to verify the identity of any client in order to ensure that clients are who they say they are.

Conveyancing clients are required to supply two forms of certified ID; proof of ID (typically a Passport or Driving Licence) and evidence of address (typically a Bank Statement less than 3 months old).

Proof of the origin of funds is also required under the money laundering laws as lawyers are obliged to ensure that the money you are utilising to purchase a property (be it the exchange deposit or the total purchase price where you are buying without a mortgage) has originated from legitimate source (such as employment savings) as opposed to the proceeds of criminal activity.

My wife and I own a renovated Edwardian house in Brighton. Conveyancing solicitor acted for me and Virgin Money. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw two entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold under the matching address. I'd like to know for sure, how can I find out??

You need to assess 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 proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Brighton and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they remortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with mortgage companies. You can also check the position with the conveyancing practitioner who completed the work.

How can the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 affect my commercial offices in Brighton and how can your lawyers assist?

The particular law that you refer to affords a safeguard to commercial leaseholders, granting the legal entitlement to make a request to court for a continuation of occupancy at the end of the lease term. There are certain specified grounds where a landlord can refrain from granting a lease renewal and the rules are involved. We are happy to direct you to commercial conveyancing practices who use the act to your advantage and help with commercial conveyancing in Brighton

My husband and I are 3 weeks into a freehold purchase having been directed to conveyancers by the local agent to perform conveyancing in Brighton. We are not happy. Can you help me find new solicitors?

They would have to be very bad to suggest replacing them. Has the mortgage offer been generated? If so you must make them aware of the new contact details and ensure the loan are re-issued. Your new solicitor ideally needs to be on the lenders panel to avoid supplemental fees and frustration. That should be your starting point. Our find a solicitor tool will help you find a lender approved lawyer for your home move in Brighton

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Brighton regulated by the SRA

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

  • Edward Harte Llp, 6 Pavilion Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RA
  • Fitzhugh Gates, 3 Pavilion Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RY
  • Odt Consultancy Limited, Pavilion View, 19 New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UF
  • Odt Professional Limited, Pavilion View, 19 New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UF
  • Thompson Allen Llp, 6 Marlborough Place, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UB

Planning law solicitors in Brighton regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Brighton practicing in planning law. This should include advice on compulsory purchases in Brighton
  • Mayo Wynne Baxter Llp, Century House, 15-19 Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3FE
  • M S Page, 3 The Rise, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2PY

Transfer of Equity conveyancing in Brighton is a complex business, both legally and administratively. The exact order of events varies slightly, below are some of the tasks in the process:

  • Obtaining instructions from parties involved
  • Collating the documents evidencing the title to the property
  • Representing lender (where appropriate)
  • Agreeing the terms of the transaction
  • Drawing up Transfer or approving draft Transfer
  • Agreeing amendments to the draft Transfer
  • Communicating with parties concerning the Transfer
  • Agreeing and preparing for completion
  • Receiving and transferring funds to the appropriate parties
  • Preparing and submitting to HM Revenue and Customs the correct stamp duty forms and payment
  • Registering the buyer and the home loan (where applicable) at the HM Land Registry.

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

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