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Main reasons to let us help you find a local conveyancing solicitor in Catford

  • 1 Catford conveyancing lawyers will acquainted with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and property agents
  • 2 Using a local Solicitor in the main results in a more personalised service. Online forums bear testimony to the idea that in appointing a an online conveyancing factory, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who progress matters by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 3 Catford conveyancers have a significant advantage when it comes to Catford conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that can impact your sale or purchase
  • 4 Our site is the only site offering you the facility to check that your conveyancing in Catford will be conducted by a solicitor on your mortgage lender’s member panel.
  • 5 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Catford is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) often falls short of the level of professionalism you will expect.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Catford since March 2020*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Catford

We went with a local firm for our conveyancing in Catford today. Reviewing the Terms I seeI am on the hook for fees even if the dealdoes not go ahead. Should I ditch them and select a web based conveyancing brokerage promising no move no charge conveyancing in Catford?

It is usually ‘give and take’ in that if "No Completion No Fee" is available then the fee levels will tend to be be higher to neutralise those conveyances that do not proceed. Do bear in mind that such promotions rarely protect you from outlay for instance Catford conveyancing search charges.

I have just over seventy years unexpired on my lease and need a lease extension for my apartment in Catford. 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 24/6/2020 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

Please help - my lawyer says that restrictive coveneant insurance is required on my purchase. What is the level of cover for Catford conveyancing?

The right level of restrictive coveneant indemnity insurance should be dictated by who who your lender is. It would differ for example between National Westminster Bank and Skipton Building Society. Conveyancing solicitors as opposed to borrowers take out such policies.

My wife and I have arranged a further advance on our mortgage from Yorkshire BS as we want to conduct a loft conversion to our property in Catford. Do we need to appoint a high street Catford solicitor on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel to deal with the legals?

Yorkshire BS do not ordinarily require a member of their approved list of lawyers to deal with such a matter. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Yorkshire BS list.

After weeks of negotiation I have agreed a price on a house in Catford. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers. I paid an on account payment of £225. Not long after, the conveyancing practitioner contacted me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the HSBC panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

I am looking for a leasehold apartment up to £245,000 and found one near me in Catford I like with a park and station in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 52 remaining years left on the lease. There is not much else in Catford suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a lease with such few years left?

If you require a home loan that many years may be a potential deal breaker. Reduce the price by the expected lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current proprietor has owned the property for a minimum of 2 years you may request that they start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor about this.

Given that I will soon part with over three hundred thousand on 3 bedroom house in Catford I wish to have a conversation with the lawyer about myhome move before instructing the firm. Can this be arranged?

Absolutely - it is our preference to talk to you we do not take any clients on without you first talking to the conveyancer due to be carrying out your property ownership legalities in Catford.There is no ‘factory style conveyancing’ - each client is unique individual, not a case reference. The practices that we put you in touch with believe that the fees you are quoted for your conveyancing in Catford should be the figure that you are charged.

As co-executor for the will of my father I am disposing of a house in Cardiff but live in Catford. My solicitor (who is 260 kilometers from meneeds me to sign a statutory declaration before completion. Could you suggest a conveyancing lawyer in Catford who can attest this legal document for me?

strictly speaking you are not likely to need to have the documents attested by a conveyancing solicitor. Ordinarily any notary public or solicitor will do regardless of whether they are Catford based

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Catford regulated by the SRA

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

  • Maus Solicitors, Global House, 228 Brownhill Road, London, SE6 1AT
  • Parker Arrenberg Limited, 37 Rushey Green, London, SE6 4AS
  • Dpna Solicitors, 77 Ladywell Road, London, SE13 7JA
  • Kingscourt Solicitors, 117 Catford Hill, London, SE6 4PR
  • Francis Solicitors, 171 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6AA

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Catford regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Catford but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Walter Saunders, 382 Brockley Road, SE4 2BY

Planning law solicitors in Catford regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Catford with expertise in planning law. This should include advice on compulsory purchases in Catford
  • Beverley Morris & Co Incorporating Peter Egan & Co, 62 Lewisham High Street, London, London, SE13 5JH
  • Beverley Morris & Co, 35 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Villiage, London, SE3 0TJ
  • Wellers Law Group Llp, Tenison House, Tweedy Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3NF
  • A E Short, 144 Bromley Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 6PG
  • Batchelors, Charles House, 35 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1RW

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

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