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Canterbury Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 2 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing cases in Canterbury with service charge retention of 14%
  • 3 114 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Canterbury
  • 4 Average time from start to completion was 66 days for conveyancing in Canterbury
  • 5 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £4,657

Examples of recent conveyancing in Canterbury since June 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Canterbury

We are hoping to purchase a 3 bedroom flat in Canterbury with a mortgage. We wish to retain our Canterbury conveyancer, but the lender says he's not on their "panel". It appears that we have no option but to appoint one of the bank panel conveyancing practices or retain our Canterbury conveyancer and pay for one of their panel ones to represent them. We regard this is inequitable; is there anything we can do?

No, not really. The mortgage offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the lender’s conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your Canterbury conveyancing lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel.

After researching moneysavingexpert.com for an online lawyer in Canterbury, most comment that I should instruct a CQS kitemarked lawyer. What is CQS?

The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) provides a kitemark for residential conveyancing practices issued by the Law Society. Membership achievement establishes a level of credibility for member firms with stakeholders (regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers) based upon: * the integrity of the senior responsible officer and other key conveyancing staff * the firm's adherence to good practice management standards * compliance with best practice conveyancing procedures through the scheme protocol Membership covers numerous organisations who conduct conveyancing in Canterbury.

is it true that all Canterbury solicitors on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As solicitors, in order to be on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel they would need to be overseen by the SRA. The majority of banks do list licenced conveyancers on their panel and in such a situation the organisation would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in Canterbury off the council. I have a mortgage offer with TSB. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?

It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with TSB, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the TSB conveyancing panel.

I am due to exchange contracts on my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in August 2006, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My purchaser’s mortgage company, Nationwide are being pedantic. The Canterbury solicitor who is on the Nationwide conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Nationwide are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Nationwide have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Nationwide have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Nationwide may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

I used Stirling Law several years ago for my conveyancing in Canterbury. Now, I need the files however cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?

You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Canterbury of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously hired, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

I work for a busy estate agency in Canterbury where we see a number of leasehold sales derailed due to short leases. I have been given inconsistent advice from local Canterbury conveyancing solicitors. Can you shed some light as to whether the seller of a flat can instigate the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the buyer need not have to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed before, or simultaneously with completion of the sale.

An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.

I bought a 1 bedroom flat in Canterbury, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. Can you let me have an estimate of the premium that my landlord can legally expect in return for granting a renewal of my lease? Comparable properties in Canterbury with an extended lease are worth £211,000. The ground rent is £45 invoiced annually. The lease expires on 21st October 2088

With just 67 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to be between £10,500 and £12,000 plus professional fees.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more comprehensive investigations. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt other issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action based on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

I need to find a bank panel solicitor in Canterbury. Can you assist?

Unfortunately it’s not apparent why you need a Canterbury panel solicitor but in any event, if you can not find one on our search tool you will need to speak directly to the mortgage company to find out which solicitors in Canterbury are on their panel . If you do find such a firm in Canterbury not listed please direct them to our site to list. After all the cost is only one £1 a month

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Canterbury regulated by the SRA

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

  • Furley Page Llp, 39 St. Margarets Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TX
  • Beadle Pitt & Gottschalk, 1 St. Margarets Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TT
  • Gardner Croft Llp, 2 Castle Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2QH
  • Direction Home (law) Llp, 31 Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UD
  • Girlings Solicitors Llp, 16 Rose Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UR

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Canterbury

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Canterbury with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on wrongful eviction

  • Furley Page Llp, 39 St. Margarets Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TX
  • Gardner Croft Llp, 2 Castle Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2QH
  • Direction Home (law) Llp, 31 Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UD
  • Girlings Solicitors Llp, 16 Rose Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UR
  • Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd, 16 Rose Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UR

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Canterbury?

Licensed Conveyancers deal with the transfer of ownership of a property from one person to another and cover conveyancing nationwide as well as Canterbury. If appointed a Licensed Conveyancer regulated by the CLC, you can expect:
  • Enjoy the benefit of an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Have a high standard of legal services.
  • Enjoy the benefit of your transaction dealt with using care, skill and diligence.
  • Be supplied with a high standard of service due to your conveyancer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a service which is accessible and responsive to your individual needs.
  • You should not consider yourself discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • To receive the standard you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Have your specific needs taken into account should you make a complaint.
  • Have a swift, impartial and comprehensive service if if a complaint is registered about your conveyancing in Canterbury.

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