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Examples of recent conveyancing in Kensington since June 2022*

Transfer

of terraced property, Adam & Eve Mews, W8 6UJ completing on 11/07/2022 at a price of £3,300,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, sending the transfer to the seller for signature in readiness for completion, preparing statement detailing charges

Conveyance

of flat Argyll Road W8 7BQ, acquired for £1,150,000. Leasehold conveyancing due diligence included: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, ordering official copies of the title, setting up the completion formalities

Sale

of terraced residence, Pembroke Square, W8 6PE completing on 01/07/2022 at a price of £5,350,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the seller for signature in readiness for completion, setting up the completion formalities

Purchase

of apartment Emperors Gate SW7 4JA, at a price of £1,085,000. Leasehold conveyancing due diligence included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kensington

We are approaching an exchange on a property in Kensington and my mum and dad have transferred the ten percent deposit to my solicitor. I am now told that as the deposit has been sent from someone other than me my conveyancing practitioner needs to make a notification to my bank. I am advised that, in also acting for the lender he must inform them that the balance of the purchase price is coming from anyone other than me. I advised the lender regarding my parents' contribution when I applied for the mortgage, so is it really appropriate for him to raise this?

The conveyancer is legally required to check with lender to ensure that they know that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own resources. The solicitor can only report this to your bank if you agree, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.

What can a local search tell me about the property my wife and I purchasing in Kensington?

Kensington conveyancing often starts with the submitting local authority searches directly from your local Authority or through a personal search organisations such as Searchflow The local search is essential in every Kensington conveyancing purchase; that is if you wish to avoid any unpleasant once you have moved into your property. The search should reveal data on, amongst other things, details on planning applications applicable to the property (whether granted or refused), building control history, any enforcement action, restrictions on permitted development, nearby road schemes, contaminated land and radon gas; in all a total of 13 topic areas.

I am looking for a ground for flat up to £245,000 and identified one close by in Kensington I like with amenity areas and railway links nearby, the downside is that it only has 52 years on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Kensington for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake buying a lease with such few years left?

Should you need a mortgage that many years will likely be problematic. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing owner has owned the property for at least 2 years you could request that they start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease term with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing lawyer regarding this.

Is it best to instruct a Kensington conveyancing solicitor in close proximity to the house I am buying? I have an old university friend who can deal with the legal work however her office is approximately 350kilometers drive away.

The benefit of a local Kensington conveyancing firm is that you can visit the firm to sign paperwork, present your identification documents and apply pressure on them if necessary. Having local Kensington know how is a plus. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If other friends have instructed your friend and they were impressed that should outweigh using an unknown Kensington conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being Kensington based.

I've found a house that seems to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have since discovered that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a leasehold house in Kensington. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Kensington ?

Most houses in Kensington are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Kensington in which case you should be looking for a Kensington conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a tenant you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease will likely included provisions such as obtaining the freeholder’spermission to carry out changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will report to you on the legal implications.

I inherited a ground floor flat in Kensington. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the sum payable for the purchase of the freehold?

if there is a absentee freeholder or where there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to calculate the price.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Kensington premises is 93 Oakwood Court in June 2010. the LVT determined that the premium to be paid for the new lease was £492,083, This case related to 1 flat. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 37.79 years.

Me and my wife have today had a bid accepted on our 1st house in Kensington, and are about to get solicitors lined up. I have made use of the various comparison tools and the quotes are from all over the England and Wales. Is it important to have a Kensington property lawyer local to the potential new home? We are fine to do everything electronically, but I assume at some point we may need to visit the lawyer's office to sign papers?

The lawyer does not need to be in Kensington, but choosing local means that you can go in if required, for instance, if a signature is needed urgently. In addition, a Kensington solicitor is likely to be familiar with local agents and (if the vendor has instructed a local property lawyer) with them, which should help keep things moving faster.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Kensington

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Kensington with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Terms and conditions of tenancy agreements

  • North Star Law Ltd, St. James House, 13 Kensington Square, London, W8 5HD
  • Bromptons, 219 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6BD
  • Merali Beedle Llp, Vicarage House, 58-60 Kensington Church Street, London, London, W8 4DB
  • John May Law, 17 Kensington Place, London, W8 7PT
  • Oliver Fisher, Astley House, 33 Notting Hill Gate, London, London, W11 3JQ

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Kensington regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Kensington practicing in commercial conveyancing in Kensington. This will likely include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Selachii Llp, 96 Kensington High Street, London, London, W8 4SG
  • Salinger Solicitors & Notary Public, 165 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 6SH
  • North Star Law Ltd, St. James House, 13 Kensington Square, London, W8 5HD
  • Bromptons, 219 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6BD
  • Merali Beedle Llp, Vicarage House, 58-60 Kensington Church Street, London, London, W8 4DB

Planning law solicitors in Kensington regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Kensington with expertise in planning law. This may include advice on compulsory purchases in Kensington
  • Hoffman-bokaei Solicitors, Suite 2, Exhibition House, Addison Bridge Place, Hammersmith Road Kensington Olympia, London, London, W14 8XP
  • Parfitt Cresswell, 593-599 Fulham Road, London, London, SW6 5UA
  • Mark Taylor & Company, 310 Harbour Yard, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XD
  • Seddons, 5 Portman Square, London, W1H 6NT
  • Jacobs Allen Hammond, 3 Fitzhardinge Street, London, W1H 6EF

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

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