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Conveyancing in Gillingham : Keep it Local

5 reasons to let us assist you choose a local conveyancing solicitor in Gillingham

  • 1 Gillingham conveyancers have a significant edge when it comes to Gillingham conveyancing as they have valuable local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that can impact your home move
  • 2 Property lawyer conveyancing lawyers have valuable personal links with Gillingham selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 3 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these organisations are often based hundreds of kilometers away with limited understanding of the factors that impact property transactions in Gillingham
  • 4 No matter what any other lawyers say it just might be necessary to visit your solicitor to sign contracts. There are various parties with engaged in a conveyancing transaction without having to include Royal Mail into the pot.
  • 5 We are the UKs largest residential conveyancing directory listing lender approved property lawyers carrying out conveyancing in Gillingham regulated and authorised by the SRA or CLC.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Gillingham since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Gillingham

Can I use your services to locate a Conveyancing solicitor in Gillingham even if I’m not buying or selling a house, for instance where I want to buy an office in Gillingham with a loan from Barclays Direct?

The service is primarily used to help choose residential conveyancing solicitors in Gillingham but we have listed at the bottom of this page some Gillingham commercial conveyancing firms. You should enquire with the company directly to check if they are also authorised to represent Barclays Direct

This question may be naive but I am wet behind the ears as FTB of a ground floor flat in Gillingham. Do I receive the keys to the premises on completion from my lawyer? If this is the case, I will instruct a local conveyancing solicitor in Gillingham?

There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Conveyancing lawyers for you will electronically transfer the purchase money to the vendor’s solicitors, and once they have received this, you will be able to pick up the keys from the Estate Agents and move into your new home. This tends to happen between 1 and 3pm.

I happen to be the single beneficiary of my late father’s will with all property in now in my sole name, including the my former home in Gillingham. Conveyancing formalities meant that the Land Registry date was in April. I want to move. I understand that there is a CML six month 'rule', meaning my property ownership will be treated the same way as though I had purchased the house in April. Do I have to wait half a year to sell?

The CML handbook instructs solicitors to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." By the strict wording you might be impacted by that. How sensible a view banks take of it, depend on the mortgage company as this requirement is principally there to capture the purchase and immediately sell or the quick reselling of property.

It is not clear whether my bank requires a lease extension. I have telephoned my Gillingham bank branch on various occasions and was informed it wasn't a problem and they would lend. My Gillingham conveyancing solicitor - who is on the bank conveyancing panel- telephoned to say that they will not lend based on their specific requirements. I simply don't know who is right.

As long as the property lawyer is on the bank panel, she or he must comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook requirements for the lender. 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 bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years remaining.

Various internet forums that I have visited warn that are the main cause of delay in Gillingham conveyancing transactions. Is that correct?

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) published conclusions of a review by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not figure within the top 10 causes of delays during the legal transfer of property. Searches are unlikely to be the root cause of slowing down conveyancing in Gillingham.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up during conveyancing in Gillingham?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Gillingham. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

How does conveyancing in Gillingham differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Gillingham approach us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is ready to move into. This is because house builders in Gillingham usually buy the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Gillingham or who has acted in the same development.

We are a couple of weeks into a leasehold purchase having been directed to solicitors by the local agent to carry out the conveyancing in Gillingham. I am am very frustrated with the level of service. Can you help me find new solicitors?

A solicitor would need to be very bad to suggest diss instructing them. Has the mortgage been sent? In the event that it has you must advise them of the replacement conveyancer and get the offer are re-sent. The conveyancer should be on the lenders approved list to avoid escalating expenses and delays. That should be your starting point. The find a solicitor tool can help you find a bank approved solicitor for your home move in Gillingham

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Gillingham

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Gillingham with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Service charge disputes

  • Hawkridge & Company Llp, 39 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5TR
  • Dgb Solicitors Llp, The Captains House, Pembroke, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UF
  • Stephens & Son Llp, Rome House, 41 Railway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4RP
  • Dakers Marriott Dugdale Limited, Unit 3 Exeter House, Beaufort Court, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4FE
  • Winch & Winch, 5 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6AR

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Gillingham regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Gillingham specialising in commercial conveyancing in Gillingham. This may include advice on commercial leases including all matters relating to landlord and tenant law
  • Hawkridge & Company Llp, 39 Canterbury Street, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 5TR
  • Dgb Solicitors Llp, The Captains House, Pembroke, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4UF
  • J N Jones Solicitors, 1 Cambridge Terrace, Cambridge House Business Centre, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4RG
  • Stephens & Son Llp, Rome House, 41 Railway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4RP
  • Kingsley Smith Solicitors Llp, 81 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EE

Planning law solicitors in Gillingham regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Gillingham practicing in planning law. This could include advice on special planning controls
  • The Kingsley Smith Trustee Company, 81 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EE
  • Kingsley Smith Solicitors Llp, 81 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EE

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

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