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Hastings Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 87% freehold and 13% leasehold conveyancing in Hastings for this year to date
  • 2 Percentage of cases in Hastings that are buy to let is 18%
  • 3 Average time from start to completion was 91 days for conveyancing in Hastings
  • 4 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 5 Average time frame of 24 days for registration of title in Hastings

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hastings since August 2023*


of house residence, Winterbourne Close, TN34 1XQ completing on 31/08/2023 at a price of £370,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, preparing statement detailing charges, sending title deeds and signed transfer to buyer’s lawyers


of flat London Road TN37 6AY, at purchase price of £92,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, setting up the completion formalities


of apartment Queens Road TN34 1RN, at sale consideration of £170,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: obtaining official copies of the title, agreeing completion date with parties, setting up the completion formalities


of house premises, Alexandra Road, TN37 6LD completing on 08/09/2023 at a price of £415,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, setting up the completion formalities

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hastings

The owners have rather pushy sellers who has insisted on a exclusivity agreement with a non-refundable deposit of 5k. Are such agreements the norm for Hastings conveyancing transactions?

Lock out agreements are agreements binding a home seller and prospective acquirer granting the buyer a ‘clear field’ to the sale of the premises within an agreed time frame. Essentially, a lock out is a document specifying that you will be issued with a contract at a later time being the main conveyancing contract. It tends to be used for buyer confidence though in some cases, the owner may enjoy an upside from such agreements as well. There are various pros and cons to having them but you need to check with your conveyancer but beware that it may result in incurring more in conveyancing fees. In light of this these agreements are rare in relation to conveyancing in Hastings.

Will lawyers ask for money up-front when it comes to conveyancing in Hastings?

If you are buying a property in Hastings your solicitor will ask you put them with funds to cover the the cost of the conveyancing searches. This will be the total of the cost of the conveyancing searches. When the down payment is as part of the purchase price then this will be needed immediately in advance of exchange of contracts. Any further balance that is needed should be sent to your lawyer shortly before completion.

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

There are two types of lawyers who can conduct conveyancing in Hastings namely CLC regulated conveyancers or solicitors. Both professionals handle the legal services that you need to complete the sale or purchase of property. Both are duty bound to perform Hastings conveyancing on similar quality and guidelines so you can be safe in the knowledge that your conveyancing will be properly administered and that the necessary steps should be appropriately taken.

I am expecting a OIP from Nottingham this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc). Do Nottingham recommend any Hastings solicitors on the Nottingham conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently?

You will need to appoint Hastings solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Nottingham conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and Nottingham through the process.

The mortgage over my property is with Nationwide for my property in Hastings. Conveyancing has been completed 12 months ago. In the event that I decide to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform Nationwide?

Nationwide must be informed of your intention in advance of renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of Nationwide’s mortgage conditions. It may be that Nationwide will permit you to let out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Nationwide directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Nationwide conveyancing panel lawyer.

I am looking into buying my first house which is in Hastings and I am already nervous. I couldn't find anything specific about Hastings. Conveyancing will be needed in due course but do you know about the Hastings area? or perhaps some other tips you can share?

Rather than looking online forget looking online you should go and have a look at Hastings. In the meantime here are some basic statistics that we found

My wife and I purchased a leasehold house in Hastings. Conveyancing and TSB mortgage went though with no issue. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1992. The conveyancing practitioner in Hastings who previously acted has long since retired. Any advice?

The first thing you should do is make enquiries of the Land Registry to make sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. There is no need to incur the fees of a Hastings conveyancing lawyer to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. You should note that in any event, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

Hastings Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    How many years are left on the lease? The prefered form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this scenario the tenants enjoy control and notwithstanding that a managing agent is frequently retained if the building is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves. Who is in charge of the block?

I have recently placed an offer on a leasehold flat in Hastings and the mortgage adviser that we are using recommended his conveyancing practitioner. She quoted £1000 excluding VAT and disbursements. Does this sound reasonable?

You should not rely on 1 quote. You should obtain like-for-like quotes for your conveyancing in Hastings. Then pick one that you are comfortable with and crucially, is on the approved list of the bank that you have applied for a mortgage from.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Hastings regulated by the SRA

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

  • Holden & Co Llp, Liberty Buildings, 32-33 Robertson Street, The America Ground, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1HT
  • Samantha Denham Solicitors, 10 Cambridge Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1DJ
  • Butters Grey Limited, 51 Havelock Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BE
  • Butters David Grey Llp, 51 Havelock Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BE
  • Percy Walker & Co, Robertson Chambers, The Memorial, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1JB

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Hastings regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Hastings with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Hastings. This could include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Samantha Denham Solicitors, 10 Cambridge Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1DJ
  • Butters Grey Limited, 51 Havelock Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BE
  • Butters David Grey Llp, 51 Havelock Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BE
  • Percy Walker & Co, Robertson Chambers, The Memorial, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1JB
  • Young Coles & Langdon, Langham House, Albert Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1QT

Hastings commercial property solicitors provide expert offering advice on a number of aspects of commercial property law

    Commercial development (from overage and options through to site acquisitions and construction) Property finance transactions, including sale and leaseback Subletting, licences and sharing occupation Notices received in respect of alleged breaches of lease Compulsory land purchase Land use planning and environmental matters

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

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