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Hove Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £15,984
  • 2 Percentage of cases in Hove that are buy to let is 20%
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £540
  • 4 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Hove is 46% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 5 39% freehold and 61% leasehold conveyancing in Hove for this year to date

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hove since June 2022*


of apartment Wilbury Road BN3 3JN, sold for £300,000. Leasehold conveyancing due diligence included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, setting up the completion formalities


of apartment Second Avenue BN3 2LH, at sale price of £425,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the seller for execution in readiness for completion, preparing statement detailing charges


of flat Palmeira Avenue BN3 3GA, at the agreed sum of £465,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, sending the transfer to the seller for execution in readiness for completion, securing official copies of the title


of flat Adelaide Crescent BN3 2JH, at sale sum of £435,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in preparation for completion, setting up the completion formalities

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hove

Why would I appoint a Hove conveyancing solicitors firm when national alternatives are easier on the wallet?

Its a good idea to compare conveyancing costs in Hove and you should seek an affordable fee calculation but don’t become consumed with looking for the lowest priced Hove conveyancer. Locating the right conveyancer can mark the distinction between a smooth and a frustrating move. You need to ensure that you have expert advice from an experienced lawyer. An e-mail can never take the place of a telephone conversation and can never replicate a one to one meeting. Our partner firms will allocate you a qualified and top rated conveyancing solicitor that will deal with your conveyancing from beginning to end, giving the sort of continuity that you will never get with an online conveyancer. He or She will inform you as to headway making sure that you are ensuring that you are updated at regular intervals. Should it ever be necessary to call the firm you will be sure who to ask for and they will be sure you are kept fully informed.

I own a freehold premises in Hove yet invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?

It is rare for properties in Hove and has limited impact for conveyancing in Hove but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges date back many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of fresh rentcharges post 1977.

Old rentcharges can now be redeemed by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence after 2037 will be dispensed with completely.

When it comes to mortgage companies such as Coventry BS, do Hove conveyancers have to pay an annual charge to be on the conveyancing panel?

We are not aware of any lender fees to register on their list of approved firms, although some do levy an administration fee to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.

is it true that all Hove solicitor practices on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel are governed by the SRA?

As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the Coventry BS approved list of solicitors they would need to be governed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. The majority of mortgage companies do list licenced conveyancers on their panel and in that case the firms would be regulated by the CLC.

Completion of my remortgage has taken place for my property in Hove. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about the lender. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?

All banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Care Department at head office. In most cases complaints to a lender are sorted out very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service, South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR with full details of your complaint.

Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to my home are lost. The conveyancers who did the conveyancing in Hove 4 years ago have long since closed. What do I do?

Assuming the title is registered the information relating to your proprietorship will be retained by HMLR with a Title Number. It is easy to carry out a search at the Land Registry, identify your property and order up to date copies of the property title for a small fee. Where the title is Leasehold then the Land Registry will in most cases hold a certified duplicate of the Registered Lease and again, a copy can be retrieved for twenty pounds.

As co-executor for the will of my uncle I am selling a residence in Neath but reside in Hove. My conveyancer (approximately 300 kilometers awayrequires that I execute a statutory declaration ahead of completion. Could you suggest a conveyancing practitioner in Hove who can witness this legal document for me?

strictly speaking you should not be required to have the documents attested by a conveyancing solicitor. Ordinarily any notary public or qualified solicitor will suffice regardless of whether they are based in Hove

We are in the process of purchasing a home in Hove. Can the conveyancing practitioner keep our transaction price confidential from the likes of Rightmove. How do I ensure this is not disclosed?

HM Land Registry as a matter of law bound to specify price paid information on a register of the title for residential properties countrywide including premises in Hove. The register of ownership is a public document, so the Land Registry would be breaching their statutory obligations if they failed to allow access to the register.

In essence you can ask the Land Registry to withhold the price paid data but the answer would be a No.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Hove regulated by the SRA

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

  • Goodlaw Solicitors, 6 The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JA
  • Crosby & Woods Solicitors, Sussex House, 75 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BB
  • Cockburn Gostling, 61 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BP
  • Laura Garcia Navarrete, Curtis House, 34 Third Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2PD
  • Bbmw Limited, 39 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BU

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Hove regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Hove practicing in commercial conveyancing in Hove. This should include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Goodlaw Solicitors, 6 The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JA
  • Crosby & Woods Solicitors, Sussex House, 75 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BB
  • Cockburn Gostling, 61 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BP
  • Bbmw Limited, 39 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BU
  • Osman Ward & Sons, 37 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BW

Transfer of Equity conveyancing in Hove normally includes the following:

  • Obtaining instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Following instructions from the mortgage company (if relevant)
  • Negotiating the terms of the transaction
  • Preparing the Transfer or approving the Transfer deed
  • Agreeing amendments to the the Transfer deed
  • Corresponding with parties with regards to the Transfer
  • Agreeing and preparing for completion
  • Receiving and transferring funds to the appropriate 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 mortgage (where applicable) at the HMLR.

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

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