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Folkestone Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 2 Average time frame of 20 days for registration of title in Folkestone
  • 3 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing cases in Folkestone with service charge retention of 5%
  • 4 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Folkestone is 28% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 5 Percentage of cases in Folkestone that are buy to let is 21%

Examples of recent conveyancing in Folkestone since February 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Folkestone

I am assisting my sister sell her house in Folkestone. Does the conveyancing solicitor commission an energy performance certificate or it is for the owner to coordinate?

After the abolition of HIPs, energy assessments was retained a compulsory part of selling a house. An energy assessment needs to be to hand in advance of the property being advertised. This is not as aspect of the sale process that lawyers normally arrange. Where you are using a Folkestone conveyancing practitioner they may be willing to arrange energy performance certificates given their relationships with reputable Folkestone energy assessors

Is it the case that all Folkestone conveyancing solicitors on the Lloyds conveyancing panel are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As solicitors, in order to be on the Lloyds approved list of solicitors they would need to be overseen by the SRA. The majority of lenders do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such organisation would be governed by the CLC.

Two weeks ago we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Leeds Building Society. Folkestone conveyancing solicitors have been instructed. How long does it take for Leeds Building Society to issue the offer to the property lawyer?

Some lenders take longer than others. Have Leeds Building Society done the survey? Have you informed Leeds Building Society as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through.

I have been told that property searches are the main cause of stalling in Folkestone conveyancing transactions. Is there any truth in this?

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) published determinations of a review by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not figure within the top 10 causes of delays in the conveyancing process. Searches are not likely to be the root cause of holding up conveyancing in Folkestone.

Me and my brother purchased a renovated Georgian house in Folkestone. Conveyancing solicitor represented me and Britannia. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw a couple of entries: one for freehold, another for leasehold with the exact same address. Is it worth asking Britannia to clarify?

You need to assess the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Folkestone and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they remortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with buyers. You can also enquire as to the situation with your conveyancing solicitor who conducted the work.

I am selling my house. My former lawyers closed down. It would be helpful to have a recommendation of a conveyancing firm. I happen to live in Folkestone if that affects matters.

Please use our search tool to help you choose a solicitor for your conveyancing in Folkestone. We have connected thousands of home buyers and sellers with regulated solicitors to ensure that the legalities of their house move runs with a minimum of fuss.

I have been sourcing a conveyancing lawyer in Folkestone for my home move. Is there any facility to see a firm’s complaints history with the legal regulator?

Anyone can review published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions stemming from inquisitions commenced on or after 1 January 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. To find details Pre 2008, or to check a firm's history, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 any week day save for Tuesday when lines open at 9.30am. For non-uk callers, call +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator sometimes monitor call for training purposes.

I have just appointed agents to market my garden apartment in Folkestone. Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon, but I have just had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

The sensible thing to do is pay the invoice as you normally would given that all ground rent and service invoices will be apportioned on completion, so you should recover the relevant percentage by the purchaser for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

I inherited a studio flat in Folkestone, conveyancing formalities finalised October 2009. How much will my lease extension cost? Equivalent flats in Folkestone with a long lease are worth £201,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £45 yearly. The lease ends on 21st October 2087

You have 65 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to span between £13,300 and £15,400 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure in the absence of comprehensive investigations. Do not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Folkestone regulated by the SRA

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

  • Frederic Hall Solicitors, York House, 32 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2UR
  • Worthingtons, 28 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AU
  • Rootes & Alliott, 27 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AR
  • Bowers & Jessup Solicitors, Westholme Chambers, 134a Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2BW
  • Henwood Twenty Two Limited, 147 High Street, Hythe, Kent, CT21 5JN

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Folkestone

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Folkestone specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Frederic Hall Solicitors, York House, 32 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2UR
  • Worthingtons, 28 Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AU
  • Bowers & Jessup Solicitors, Westholme Chambers, 134a Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2BW
  • Tna Solicitors, Suite C 1st Floor Folkestone, 69 Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AF
  • Henwood Twenty Two Limited, 147 High Street, Hythe, Kent, CT21 5JN

Transfer of Equity conveyancing in Folkestone is a complex business, both legally and administratively. The exact order of events varies slightly, below are some of the tasks in the process:

  • Obtaining instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Representing lender (where applicable)
  • Agreeing the terms of the transaction
  • Preparing the Transfer or approving draft Transfer
  • Negotiating adjustments to the the Transfer deed
  • Corresponding with parties concerning the Transfer
  • Agreeing and preparing for completion
  • Receiving and transferring funds to relevant parties
  • Preparing and submitting to HM Revenue and Customs the correct SDLT forms and payment
  • Dealing with the registration formalities for the new ownership and the home loan (if applicable) at the HMLR.

Neighboring Locations

Hythe
Sandgate
Folkestone
Dover
Maxton

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

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