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Hove Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Median Service Charge Retention of £440.00
  • 2 Average Stamp Duty Payable for last year was £14,762
  • 3 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Hove is 44% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 4 33% freehold and 67% leasehold conveyancing in Hove for last year
  • 5 Average time from start to completion was 86 days for conveyancing in Hove

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hove since November 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hove

I am buying a property for cash in Hove. I have resided for the last twelve years in Hove. Conveyancing searches are exorbitant. Given that I have knowledge of the road and vicinity intimately should I not bother getting the solicitor to do all the conveyancing searches?

If you not getting a home loan, then the vast majority of the Hove conveyancing searches are optional. Your conveyancer will try and steer you, no-doubt strongly, that you should have searches carried out, but he has a professional duty to take that path of encouragement . One thing to consider; if you are going to dispose of the house in the future, it will be of relevance to your future purchaser what the searches contain. There are plenty of instances where properties with apparent issues can still reveal negative search results. A competent conveyancing solicitor in Hove will be able to give you some constructive advice in this regard.

Can you point me to a directory of Clydesdale panel conveyancers in Hove on the Building Society Association’s Website?

No. There is no such directory service on the CML or Building Society Association websites. A small selection of lenders make their panel listings open the public online. Where you are looking for a Hove conveyancing practitioner on the Clydesdale please make the most of our tool.

After shopping around on the internet I have found a Hove property lawyer having checked that they are on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property?

HSBC will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually HSBC will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Hove surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.

My sealed bid on a semi in Hove has been agreed to, but there is a chain. The sellers have placed an offer on a flat, however it’s not yet agreed to, and are looking at other apartments booked. I have instructed a nearby conveyancing solicitor in Hove. What should be my next step? When should I get the mortgage application with Aldermore going?

It is usual to have apprehensions where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to incur expenses too early (home loan application is approx £1k, then survey, Hove conveyancing search costs, etc). First, you should ensure that your conveyancing practitioner is on the Aldermore approved list. Concerning the subsequent stages this very much dictated by the uniqueness of your transaction, motivation for this property and on the state of the market. In a buoyant market many home buyers will apply for a home loan with Aldermore and arrange for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they ask their lawyer to proceed with the conveyancing in Hove.

Will our lawyer be raising enquiries concerning flooding during the conveyancing in Hove.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for conveyancers specialising in conveyancing in Hove. Plenty of people will purchase a house in Hove, fully aware that at some time, it may be flooded. However, aside from the physical damage, where a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, satisfactory building insurance, or dispose of the premises. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Conveyancers are not best placed to offer advice on flood risk, but there are a numerous checks that may be initiated by the buyer or on a buyer’s behalf which should figure out the risks in Hove. The standard completed inquiry forms supplied to a buyer’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a usual question of the seller to find out if the property has suffered from flooding. In the event that flooding has previously occurred and is not notified by the owner, then a purchaser could bring a claim for damages stemming from an inaccurate reply. The buyer’s conveyancers should also commission an environmental report. This should indicate if there is a recorded flood risk. If so, more detailed investigations should be conducted.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified as part of conveyancing in Hove?

Restrictive covenants can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Hove. 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…’

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a property I have offered on a fortnight ago in what should have been a quick, chain free conveyancing. Hove is where the house is located. Can you offer any advice?

Flying freeholds in Hove are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Hove you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds diligently. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Hove may ascertain that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold premises.

My partner and I have had DIP from Clydesdale who said that they will loan up to £300k. When do we need to instruct a lawyer for conveyancing? Hove is where we are .

It would be wise to instruct a lawyer now requesting that they open a file on your behalf. This will trigger: 1) the estate agent to issue a Sales Memo to all parties 2) the seller’s solicitor to submit the draft contract. That being said, do not instruct your conveyancer to order searches until you have your valuation report via Clydesdale and you are happy to proceed.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Hove

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Hove practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Court proceedings for possession

  • Goodlaw Solicitors, 6 The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JA
  • Crosby & Woods Solicitors, Sussex House, 75 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BB
  • Martin Ross Solicitor, 61 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BP
  • Cockburn Gostling, 61 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BP
  • 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 will likely include advice on granting a lease to a commercial 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

Home selling conveyancing in Hove usually consists of the following:

  • Obtaining instructions from parties involved
  • Collating the documents evidencing the title to the property
  • Preparing contract and associated papers
  • Submitting draft papers to the lawyer acting for the purchaser
  • Finalising the wording for contracts and replying to supplemental questions from the purchaser’s lawyer
  • Agreeing the transfer document
  • Responding to requisitions raised by the buyer’s lawyer
  • Carrying out the key stage of exchanging contracts and then preparing for completion
  • Receiving sale proceeds and sending funds to the seller, the estate agent and other relevant parties (where appropriate)

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

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