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Logical reasons to use our service to help you choose a local conveyancing solicitor in Lewes

  • 1 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Lewes is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) often falls short of the high standards of professionalism you would hope for.
  • 2 This site is the first site offering you the ability to ensure that your property ownership legalities in Lewes will be carried out by a property lawyer on your bank member panel.
  • 3 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these companies are often based hundreds of miles away with little understanding of the factors that affect property transactions in Lewes
  • 4 Personal touch and pure property expertise are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Lewes conveyancing can be made a lot more protracted due to poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers listed ensure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments quickly.
  • 5 Lewes property lawyer are the key to a successful Lewes conveyancing experience, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your conveyancing

Examples of recent conveyancing in Lewes since February 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lewes

I was referred a lawyer who has quoted £1150 for fixed fee conveyancing in Lewes. I am selling a Edwardian house for £200,000. Are these estimated fees excessive? Is it above the average fee for conveyancing in Lewes?

The charges are a bit high. If you are happy to spend time scrutinising charges you may be able to get the conveyancing a bit cheaper by as much as £125. On the other hand, you couldlive to regret opting for an an untested solicitor. Remember to check that the solicitor can act for your lender. You can make use of our search tool to locate a Lewes conveyancing company on the banks approved list of lawyers which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Lewes.

I am selling our house in Lewes and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was built on contaminated land. Any local lawyer would know this is not the case. It does beg the question why the buyers used an internet conveyancing firm rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Lewes. We have lived in Lewes for 5 years we know of no issue. Should we contact our local Authority to obtain confirmation that there is no issue.

It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. What do they say? You should enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same ailment)

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified during conveyancing in Lewes?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Lewes. 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…’

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I put an offer in two weeks back in what was supposed to be a simple, no chain conveyancing. Lewes is the location of the property. Can you offer any assistance?

Flying freeholds in Lewes are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Lewes you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Lewes may determine 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 property.

I have been sourcing a conveyancing lawyer in Lewes for my home move. Is there any facility to see a firm’s record with the legal regulator?

One may find published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions arising from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For records Pre 2008, or to check a firm's history, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For callers outside the UK, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator may monitor telephone calls for training reasons.

Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on the sale of our £225,000 maisonette in Lewes next week. The freeholder has quoted £420 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Lewes?

Lewes conveyancing on leasehold apartments ordinarily results in fees being invoiced by landlords agents :

    Completing pre-contract questions Where consent is required before sale in Lewes Supplying insurance information Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Lewes leasehold property is £350. For Lewes conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to supply answers.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Lewes - A selection of Questions you should ask Prior to Purchasing

    Does the lease include onerous restrictions? Please note that where the lease has fewer than eighty years it will have adverse implications on the salability of the property. Check with your bank that they are content with residual term of the lease. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will almost definitely have to extend the lease at some point and you need to have some idea of what this would cost. Remember, in most cases you would be be obliged to have been the owner of the property for a couple of years in order to be eligible to extend the lease. Most Lewes leasehold properties will be liable to pay a service bill for maintenance of the building invoiced on behalf of the management company. If you buy the property you will have to meet this amount, usually quarterly during the year. This may vary from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large communal grounds. There will also be a rentcharge to be met annual, this is usually not a exorbitant amount, say around £50-£100 but you need to check as sometimes it could be prohibitively expensive.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Lewes regulated by the SRA

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

  • Juliet Bellis & Co, Isfield Place, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XR
  • Adams & Remers Llp, Trinity House, School Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NN
  • Lewes Smith, Albion House, Albion Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NF
  • Astburys, Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LU
  • Chrismas Ogden Solicitors Limited, Howard Cottage, Broomans Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LT

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Lewes

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Lewes with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on Claims for damages for illegal

  • Juliet Bellis & Co, Isfield Place, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XR
  • Adams & Remers Llp, Trinity House, School Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NN
  • Astburys, Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LU
  • Rix & Kay Solicitors Llp, The Courtyard, River Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1SL
  • Dawson Hart Solicitors Limited, The Old Grammar School, Church Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BH

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Lewes regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Lewes practicing in commercial conveyancing in Lewes. This will likely include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Juliet Bellis & Co, Isfield Place, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XR
  • Adams & Remers Llp, Trinity House, School Hill, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NN
  • Lewes Smith, Albion House, Albion Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NF
  • Astburys, Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LU
  • Chrismas Ogden Solicitors Limited, Howard Cottage, Broomans Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LT

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

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