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Dartford Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time frame of 76 days for registration of title in Dartford
  • 2 68% freehold and 32% leasehold conveyancing in Dartford for this year to date
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 4 Average time from start to moving day was 45 days for conveyancing in Dartford
  • 5 Percentage of cases in Dartford that are buy to let is 16%

Examples of recent conveyancing in Dartford since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Dartford

I am one month into the sale of my apartment in Dartford and the EA has just called to advise that the buyers are changing their solicitor. The reason given is that the mortgage company will only deal with property lawyers on their conveyancing panel. On what basis would a leading mortgage company only deal with specific lawyers rather the firm that they want to choose for their conveyancing in Dartford ?

Lenders have always had an approved set of law firms they are content to work with, but in the last few years big names such as HSBC, have considered and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have represented them for many years.

Banks blame a rise in fraud as the reason for the reduction – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to keep an eye on. Banks tend not to disclose how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society claims that it is hearing daily from firms that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms do not even realise they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. The purchasers are not going to have any sway in the decision.

Our bank has suggested solicitors on their panel based in Dartford but I would rather choose a conveyancing lawyer in Dartford or nearer to where I live. Can you assist?

It is by no means the case that all Dartford conveyancing solicitors are on all lender’s conveyancing panel. Do make use of the above search tool to find a Dartford conveyancing solicitor on the on the bank panel.

is it true that all Dartford solicitor firms on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel are governed by the SRA?

As solicitors, in order to be on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel they would need to be governed by the SRA. Many mortgage companies do list licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such practice would be overseen by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

I can not fathom if my mortgage offer requires a lease extension. I have called into my local Dartford building society branch on numerous occasions and was advised it wasn't an issue and they would lend. My Dartford conveyancing solicitor - who is on the bank conveyancing panel- called and was told they refuse to lend based on their published requirements. I have no idea who is right.

Provided that the lawyer is on the mortgage company approved list, they must adhere to the CML Handbook conditions for the bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the lender will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the mortgage company to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years remaining.

After what feels like an age I have had an offer on a maisonette in Dartford accepted, but there is a chain. The owners have offered on somewhere, but it’s not been accepted yet, and are looking at other properties booked. I have selected a high street conveyancing solicitor in Dartford. What do I do now? When do I get the mortgage application with Clydesdale started?

It is understandable to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to incur costs too early (mortgage application is approx one thousand pounds, then valuation, Dartford conveyancing search fees, etc). The first thing to do is check that your lawyer is on the Clydesdale approved list. Concerning the next steps this very much depends on the circumstances of your case, desire for this property and on the state of the market. During a hot market the majority of purchasers will apply for a home loan with Clydesdale and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they request their conveyancer to move forward with searches.

Should my conveyancer be raising enquiries concerning flooding as part of the conveyancing in Dartford.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for lawyers dealing with homes in Dartford. There are those who purchase a house in Dartford, completely expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical damage, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, satisfactory building insurance, or dispose of the premises. There are steps that can be taken as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the buyer.

Lawyers are not qualified to give advice on flood risk, but there are a number of checks that may be carried out by the buyer or by their lawyers which will figure out the risks in Dartford. The conventional set of property information forms sent to a purchaser’s lawyer (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) includes a usual question of the seller to determine if the premises has suffered from flooding. In the event that flooding has previously occurred and is not notified by the vendor, then a buyer could issue a legal claim for losses stemming from an misleading answer. A buyer’s solicitors should also conduct an enviro report. This will higlight whether there is any known flood risk. If so, additional inquiries will need to be conducted.

I am buying a new build apartment in Dartford. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build conveyancing.

Here are examples of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Dartford

    Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme.

We're FTB’s - had an offer accepted, yet the selling agent told us that the owners will only issue a contract if we use their recommended solicitors as they are insisting on a ‘quick sale’. My instinct tells me that we should use a local conveyancer who is accustomed to conveyancing in Dartford

We suspect that the owner is unaware of this requirement. If they require ‘a quick sale', alienating a motivated purchaser is likely to cause more damage than good. Try to communicate with the owners directly and explain that (a)you are motivated buyers (b)you are ready to progress, with mortgage lined up © you are chain free (d) you intend to proceed fast (e)however you are going to instruct your own,trusted Dartford conveyancing lawyers - not the ones that will earn their negotiator at the agency a commission or hit his conveyancing targets set by corporate headquarters.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Dartford

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Dartford with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Service charge disputes

  • Neves Scott, 8a Hythe Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2AG
  • Medlicott & Benson, 5 Curates Walk, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7BJ
  • Caroline Mathews Solicitors, 57 Perry Street, Crayford, Dartford, Kent, DA1 4RB
  • Graham Dawson & Co, Westminster House, 80d Bexley High Street, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1LE
  • Dorcas Funmi & Co, 12 Brook Street, Erith, Kent, DA8 1JQ

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Dartford regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Dartford specialising in commercial conveyancing in Dartford. This will likely include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Estate And Corporate Solicitors Ltd, 57 Hythe Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1BG
  • Medlicott & Benson, 5 Curates Walk, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7BJ
  • Graham Dawson & Co, Westminster House, 80d Bexley High Street, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1LE
  • Augustine Clement, 1st Floor 3 Market Place, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7DU
  • Bishop Akers & Co, Haven House, 193 Swanley Lane, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7LA

Planning law solicitors in Dartford regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Dartford specialising in planning law. This will likely include advice on special planning controls
  • Apex Law Llp, 3 The Pantiles, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH
  • Hadfield & Co, 1 Central Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 3AX

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