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Logical reasons to let us help you choose a high street conveyancing solicitor in Longfield

  • 1 Notwithstanding what alternative solicitors tell you it just might be important to pop into your conveyancer to execute documents. Too many 3rd parties are already with an interest in a conveyancing transaction without having to add the postman into the mix.
  • 2 Retaining the services of a local Solicitor on the whole results in a more personal touch. Sometimes when dealing with a large conveyancing firm, your conveyancing is dealt with by a team of people who who progress matters by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 3 Personal touch together with pure property experience are key benefits that you should look for when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Longfield conveyancing can become a lot more complicated due to poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers listed ensure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments expeditiously.
  • 4 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Longfield is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) often falls short of the level of professionalism you will expect.
  • 5 Conveyancer conveyancing solicitors have very good personal links with Longfield estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Longfield since August 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Longfield

Having been referred to your site we were going to go ahead with a conveyancing solicitor in Longfield recommended on your site but have come across alternative estimates on the internet look less pricey – why is this?

You can find many firms of websites promoting self styled cut-price conveyancing, unfortunately it’s common in such cases for extracosts result in the final invoice totally different to the one you expected. In accordance with regulatory requirements fees outlined in terms of engagement should be equitable and be applied The solicitors that we put forward for conveyancing in Longfield set out all legal fees for the property you intend topurchase.

We have rather assertive vendors who has recommended a lock out agreement with a deposit 10k. Is it wise to enter into such agreements?

There are two main downsides with executing a lock out contract (sometimes termed an exclusivity agreement) is that it takes away the focus from moving forward with the conveyancing work, so unless it requires limited or no negotiation then it may transpire to be a hindrance. It is not strongly advocated amongst Longfield conveyancing lawyers for this reason. A further negative is the extent of the remedies available - an aggrieved purchaser should not expect to be issued with an injunctive ruling by a court to prohibit the vendor completing the sale to another buyer, so the only remedy open via the contract will be the recovery of wasted costs and, in restricted circumstances, the extra payment of damages.

If you had a top tip for choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Longfield what would it be?

Do not opt for the lowest Longfield conveyancing costs illustration. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to property lawyers. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you know exactly what you’ll have to pay in ahead of the deal.

Are all Longfield Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the HSBC conveyancing list of approved firms?

A selection of banks and building societies now use CQS as the kick off point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. CQS accreditation however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.

Can I be sure that the Longfield conveyancing solicitor on the Clydesdale panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Longfield seeking recommendations is a sensible starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always recommend that you speak with the lawyer conducting your transaction.

I am buying a property and the lawyer has raised the issue of Chancel Repair to which the house may be liable given it’s proximity to the area of such a church. He has suggested insurance. Is this strictly required for conveyancing in Longfield

Unless a previous acquisition of the property completed after 12 October 2013 you may take it that conveyancing practitioners delivering conveyancing in Longfield to remain encouraging a chancel search and or insurance against a claim.

My wife and I purchased a semi-detached Edwardian house in Longfield. Conveyancing practitioner acted for me and The Mortgage Works. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw a couple of entries: one for freehold, another for leasehold with the matching address. If a house is not a freehold shouldn't I have been informed?

You should assess the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Longfield and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with purchasers. You can also enquire as to the situation with your conveyancing solicitor who completed the work.

My hope is to acquire a garden flat in Longfield. Conveyancing lawyer has been waiting for, from the seller, building insurance paperwork. This afternoon I was informed that the seller must forward the insurance documents for the flat above in addition. Why does my lawyer need to check the insurance for the flat above? Is it strictly required? We have been waiting for the last fortnight…

It is not unheard of in leasehold conveyancing in Longfield to discover Conveyancing in Longfield in a minority of cases reveals that the lease requires the leasehold owners to insure their individual flats as opposed to the freeholder insuring the entire property - which is clearly better. You should check with your property lawyer but it would appear that your conveyancing practitioner is looking to verify that the entire building is insured. Insuring your apartment is no help when it comes to rebuilding after a fire if the other flat cannot be reconstructed due to lack of insurance cover.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Longfield regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Longfield with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Longfield. This may include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Sharpe & Perl, 23 The Row, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8JB
  • Rex Cowells Solicitors Limited, Old Rectory Business Centre, Springhead Road, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 8HN
  • Stantons, 24 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0PA
  • Hatten Wyatt, 51/54 Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1BD
  • Martin Tolhurst Partnership Llp, 7 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0PD

Typically, Longfield conveyancing for a purchase has some of the following tasks

  • Taking instructions from parties involved
  • Investigating the title unregistered or registered
  • Carrying out Longfield property searches with respect to the property
  • Reviewing draft contract and other papers supplied by the vendor’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Raising enquiries with the owner’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Agreeing the wording of the sale agreement
  • Examining replies given by the vendor to pre-contract enquiries
  • Agreeing the wording for the Transfer document
  • Guiding the purchasing in respect of the loan offer: (if applicable)
  • Drafting and sending the buyer a report on title (that is; reporting to the buyer on the contents of the contract pack, preliminary enquiries and the result of the searches)
  • Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then preparing for completion
  • Preparing and submitting to HMRC the correct Land Tax forms and payment
  • Registering the change in ownership and the home loan (where applicable) at the Land Registry.

Residential in Longfield is a complex business, both legally and administratively. The exact order of events varies slightly, below are some of the tasks in the process.

  • Solicitor instructed by the vendor once the offer has been accepted
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Preparing contract and related documents
  • Forwarding draft papers to the lawyer retained by the buyer
  • Finalising the wording for contracts and replying to additional enquires from the purchaser’s lawyer
  • Agreeing the transfer deed
  • Responding to requisitions prepared by the purchaser’s lawyer
  • Carrying out the key stage of exchanging contracts and then completion of the sale
  • Receiving sale proceeds and sending funds to the owner, the estate agent and paying off the home loan (if appropriate)

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

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