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Christchurch Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time from start to completion was 103 days for conveyancing in Christchurch
  • 2 Average time frame of 74 days for registration of title in Christchurch
  • 3 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £10,776
  • 4 Percentage of cases in Christchurch that are buy to let is 7%
  • 5 120 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Christchurch

Examples of recent conveyancing in Christchurch since November 2023*

Acquisition

of apartment Barrack Road BH23 2BE, sold for £183,000. Leasehold conveyancing work included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, securing official copies of the title, setting up the completion formalities

Transfer

of house property, Ladysmith Close, BH23 3DR completing on 24/11/2023 at a price of £305,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, obtaining official copies of the title

Transfer

of terraced premises, Cranleigh Gardens, BH6 5LE completing on 22/11/2023 at a price of £505,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges

Transfer

of semi premises, Sandown Road, BH23 3HG completing on 28/11/2023 at a price of £405,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: sending the transfer to the seller for execution in readiness for completion, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, setting up the completion formalities

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Christchurch

My partner and I are nearing an exchange on a house in Christchurch and my mum and dad have sent the 10% deposit to my property lawyer. I am now advised that as the deposit has been received from someone other than me my property lawyer needs to make a notification to my mortgage company. I am advised that, in also acting for the lender he must inform them that the balance of the purchase price is coming from anyone other than me. I informed the mortgage company about my parents' contribution when I applied for the mortgage, so is it really necessary for him to raise this?

The lawyer is legally required to clarify with the bank to ensure that they are aware that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own resources. The solicitor can only reveal this to your lender if you permit them to, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.

Just acquired a detached house in Christchurch , how long should it take for the Land Registry to deal with the formalities evidencing my ownership? My Christchurch conveyancing solicitor works at snail pace, so I want to be certain that my purchase is recorded.

As far as conveyancing in Christchurch registration is no faster or slower than anywhere else in England and Wales. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timescales can adjust depending on who lodges the application, whether it is in order and if the Land registry communicate with any third parties. At present roughly 80% of such applications are fully dealt with in less than three weeks but some can be subject to protracted delays. Historically registration takes place after the buyer is living at the premises so an expedited registration is not usually primary concern but where there is a degree of urgency associated with the registration then you or your conveyancer could speak with the land registry and explain the circumstances.

I am buying my first flat in Christchurch benefiting from help to buy. The developers refused to move on the amount so I negotiated 6k of additionals instead. The sale representative suggested that I not disclose to my lawyer about this extras as it would adversely affect my mortgage with the bank. Do I keep my lawyer in the dark?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the developer of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

What does commercial conveyancing in Christchurch cover?

Christchurch conveyancing for business premises incorporates a broad range of guidance, supplied by qualified solicitors, relating to business premises. For instance, this type of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more commonly, the assignment of existing leases or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial loans and the termination of tenancies.

I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a couple of flats in Christchurch both have approximately fifty years left on the leases. Will this present a problem?

There are plenty of short leases in Christchurch. The lease is a right to use the property for a prescribed time frame. As a lease gets shorter the saleability of the lease decreases and results in it becoming more costly to acquire a lease extension. This is why it is often a good idea to extend the lease term. Sometimes it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease as mortgage lenders less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease extension can be a difficult process. We recommend you get professional help from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this field.

Christchurch Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    It is important to be aware whether window replacement or some other significant cost is due shortly to be shared between the leasehold owners and will materially impact the level of the maintenance charges or require a specific payment. Who takes charge for maintaining and repairing the building?

My a decade ago. He has been married, widowed and has recently remarried. He will be selling the property in a few weeks. I believe he will simply be requested to provide a copy of his marriage certificates to the lawyer but he is concerned it could delay the home sale. Is it worth updating the title details for the house?

You are not required to update the register providing you have the evidence needed to show how the name change occurred.

Any purchaser’s solicitor will check the title details and requisition evidence to establish the change of name for example marriage documentation.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Christchurch practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Leasehold Valuation Tribunal proceedings

  • Frettens Llp, The Saxon Centre, 11 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1PZ
  • Matthew & Matthew Limited, 194 Seabourne Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2JD
  • Chester And Co, Ground Floor Offices, 480 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4BD
  • Morris Scott & Co, 280 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5ET
  • Ellis Jones Solicitors Llp, Sandbourne House, 302 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9RU

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Christchurch practicing in commercial conveyancing in Christchurch. This could include advice on commercial leases including all matters relating to landlord and tenant law
  • Frettens Llp, The Saxon Centre, 11 Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1PZ
  • Spurlings Solicitors & Notary Public, 2a Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BW
  • Robert Wrynne Solicitors, 138-140 Tuckton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 3JX
  • Matthew & Matthew Limited, 194 Seabourne Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 2JD
  • Ellis Jones Solicitors Llp, Sandbourne House, 302 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9RU

Planning law solicitors in Christchurch regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Christchurch practicing in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including development on contaminated land
  • Ellis Jones Solicitors Llp, Sandbourne House, 302 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9RU
  • Lester Aldridge Trust Company, Russell House, 31 Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX
  • Lester Aldridge Company Secretarial Limited, Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX
  • Lester Aldridge Llp, Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX
  • Preston Redman Llp, Hinton House, Hinton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2EN

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

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