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Chester Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time frame of 89 days for registration of title in Chester
  • 2 80% freehold and 20% leasehold conveyancing in Chester for this year to date
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 4 September was the busiest month and August was the next busiest month while November was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Chester
  • 5 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £5,814

Examples of recent conveyancing in Chester since April 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Chester

Why would I use a Chester conveyancing firm when internet based conveyancers are easier on the wallet?

To take your time to find shop around for conveyancing costs in Chester and you should seek an affordable fee calculation but don’t be focused with scouring the internet for the lowest priced Chester conveyancer. Locating the right conveyancer can be the distinction between a smooth and a stressful house move. It is important that you ensure that you have expert guidance from a specialist conveyancer. An e-mail can never replace a telephone conversation and can never replicate a face to face appointment. Our partner firms will allocate you a qualified and trusted conveyancing solicitor that will deal with your conveyancing from beginning to end, providing a level of personalised service that you will never get with an online conveyancer. He or She will inform you as to any developments making sure that you are regularly updated. Should you need to phone the firm you will know who to ask for and they will endeavour to make sure that you are kept fully informed.

What is the difference between a licensed conveyancer and conveyancing solicitor in Chester

There are two types of lawyers who can carry out conveyancing in Chester namely CLC regulated conveyancers or solicitors. The two can handle conveyancing services that required to complete the disposal or purchase of property. Both are obliged to execute Chester conveyancing to the same quality and guidelines so you may be safe in the knowledge that your conveyancing will be professionally carried out and that the requisite steps will be accurately followed.

Is it the case that all Chester solicitor firms on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel are overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As solicitors, in order to be on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel they would need to be governed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Many lenders do list licenced conveyancers on their panel and in that case the firms would be overseen by the CLC.

Intending to buy a maisonette in Chester. I have received an online quote from a licenced conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Building Society if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.

They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that the Chester conveyancer is on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel.

Should my conveyancer be making enquiries about flooding during the conveyancing in Chester.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for lawyers dealing with homes in Chester. Some people will buy a house in Chester, completely expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical damage, if a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, adequate insurance cover, or dispose of the property. There are steps that can be taken as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Lawyers are not best placed to give advice on flood risk, however there are a various searches that may be undertaken by the purchaser or by their lawyers which will give them a better understanding of the risks in Chester. The conventional set of completed inquiry forms given to a purchaser’s lawyer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a standard question of the vendor to discover whether the premises has ever been flooded. In the event that flooding has previously occurred which is not revealed by the vendor, then a buyer could bring a claim for damages resulting from an misleading response. The buyer’s lawyers may also order an enviro search. This will higlight if there is a recorded flood risk. If so, further inquiries will need to be conducted.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I have offered on last month in what was supposed to be a straight forward, chain free conveyancing. Chester is where the house is located. Can you offer any assistance?

Flying freeholds in Chester are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Chester you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds diligently. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Chester may ascertain that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold premises.

I am selling my property. My past conveyancers has retired. It would be helpful to have a recommendation of a conveyancing firm. I happen to live in Chester if that makes a difference.

You should use our search tool to help you choose a solicitor for your conveyancing in Chester. We have connected thousands of home buyers and sellers with lender approved solicitors to ensure that the legalities of their house move goes with a minimum of fuss.

I wish to rent out my leasehold apartment in Chester. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Is permission from the freeholder required?

A lease governs the relationship between the landlord and you the leaseholder; in particular, it will indicate if subletting is not allowed, or permitted but only subject to certain caveats. The rule is that if the lease contains no specific ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. Most leases in Chester do not prevent subletting altogether – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the flat. Instead, there is usually simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a duplicate of the sublease.

Chester Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Questions you should consider Prior to Purchasing

    What is the name of the managing agents? Most Chester leasehold flats will have a service bill for maintenance of the building levied on behalf of the management company. Where you buy the property you will have to meet this liability, normally quarterly accross the year. This can be anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common areas. In all likelihood there will be a ground rent for you to pay yearly, this is usually not a large sum, say about £50-£100 but you need to enquire as occasionally it could be surprisingly expensive. It would be wise to discover as much as you can regarding the managing agents as they will either make life much easier or problematic. Being a leasehold owner you are frequently in the clutches of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to every day matters such as the cleanliness of the common parts. Enquire of other tenants whether they are happy with their service. Finally, investigate as to the dates that you are obliged pay the service charge to the appropriate party and precisely how they are spending the funds.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Chester regulated by the SRA

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

  • Jolliffe & Co Llp, 6 St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA
  • Storrar Cowdry & Co Limited, India House, 16 White Friars, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NZ
  • Hillyer Mckeown Llp, Gorse Stacks House, George Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3EQ
  • Mercury Legal Llp, Gorse Stacks House, George Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3EQ
  • Ellis & Co Solicitors Ltd, 10 Castle Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DS

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Chester

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Chester with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Claims for damages for illegal

  • Jolliffe & Co Llp, 6 St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA
  • Storrar Cowdry & Co Limited, India House, 16 White Friars, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1NZ
  • Mercury Legal Llp, Gorse Stacks House, George Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3EQ
  • Hillyer Mckeown Llp, Gorse Stacks House, George Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3EQ
  • Ellis & Co Solicitors Ltd, 10 Castle Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DS

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Chester regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Chester specialising in commercial conveyancing in Chester. This should include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Johoco Ajb Limited, 6 St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA
  • Johoco Sjw Limited, 6 St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA
  • Johoco Hjb Ltd, 6 St. John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA
  • Johoco Jah Ltd, 6 St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA
  • Jolliffe & Co Llp, 6 St John Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1DA

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

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