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Reasons to use our Portslade conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Retaining the services of a high street Solicitor usually means that you will receive a more bespoke service. When using a an online conveyancing factory, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who update you by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 2 Portslade solicitors have a significant advantage when it comes to Portslade conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that can impact your home move
  • 3 The hallmark of our conveyancing solicitors in Portslade is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) sometimes falls short of the level of professionalism you will expect.
  • 4 Personal touch and pure property experience are key benefits that you should seek when choosing conveyancing solicitors. Portslade property deals can be made a lot more protracted because of poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers listed strive to make sure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments instantly.
  • 5 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these firms are often based many kilometers away with limited appreciation of the factors that impact property transactions in Portslade

Examples of recent conveyancing in Portslade since October 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Portslade

Do I have to attend the offices of the solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will choose one who does conveyancing in Portslade so that I can attend their offices when needed.

As opposed to 15 years ago, almost all banks no longer require their conveyancing panel solicitor to witness the mortgagors signature. You will still be obliged to hand over ID documents and there are still distinct benefits to instructing a locally based ayer, in your case a conveyancing solicitor in Portslade.

What will a local search inform me about the property my wife and I buying in Portslade?

Portslade conveyancing often starts with the applying for local authority searches directly from your local Authority or via a personal search company such as Searchflow The local search plays an important part in most Portslade conveyancing purchase; that is if you don’t want any unpleasant once you have moved into your new home. The search will 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 thirteen subject sections.

How does conveyancing in Portslade differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Portslade come to us having been asked by the seller to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is constructed. This is because new home sellers in Portslade typically purchase the real estate, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Portslade or who has acted in the same development.

I am looking for a flat up to £195,000 and found one round the corner in Portslade I like with a park and station nearby, however it's only got 52 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Portslade in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error acquiring a lease with such few years left?

If you need a mortgage the shortness of the lease will likely be a potential deal breaker. Reduce the offer by the anticipated lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current owner has owned the premises for at least 2 years you could request that they commence the lease extension formalities and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the current lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing solicitor about this.

Can you offer any advice when it comes to choosing a Portslade conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Portslade conveyancing firm) it is imperative that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We suggest that you make enquires with several firms including non Portslade conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions could be of use:

    If they are not ALEP accredited then what is the reason? What are the legal fees for lease extension work?

I inherited a leasehold flat in Portslade, conveyancing having been completed June 2008. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Similar flats in Portslade with over 90 years remaining are worth £197,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 charged once a year. The lease ends on 21st October 2079

You have 56 years left to run the likely cost is going to range between £29,500 and £34,000 plus professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to provide a more accurate figure without more detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt other concerns that need to be considered and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward based on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

Sixweeks into a sale of a flat in Portslade. Conveyancing lawyers are doing their job but we are being charged an extortionate amount by the freeholder. So far we have forked out £250 for a leasehold management pack and then another £200 plus VAT for additional questions raised by the buyers conveyancer.

Your conveyancer will unlikely have any sway over the level of the fee for this information but the typical fee for the information for Portslade leasehold premises is £355. When it comes to Portslade conveyancing deals it is customary for the seller to cover the costs. The freeholder or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions although many will agree to do so - albeit often at high prices disproportionate to the work involved. Regretfully there is no legislation that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. There is no set time frame by which they are required to supply answers.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Portslade regulated by the SRA

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

  • M S Page, 3 The Rise, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN41 2PY
  • Engleharts, Vallance Hall, Hove Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DE
  • Griffith Smith Conway, 154a Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DL
  • Laura Garcia Navarrete, Curtis House, 34 Third Avenue, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2PD
  • Goodlaw Solicitors, 6 The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JA

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Portslade regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Portslade with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Portslade. This should include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Engleharts, Vallance Hall, Hove Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DE
  • Acumen Business Law Limited, Regent House, Hove Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DW
  • Griffith Smith Conway, 154a Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DL
  • Goodlaw Solicitors, 6 The Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3JA
  • Crosby & Woods Solicitors, Sussex House, 75 Church Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2BB

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Portslade?

Licensed Conveyancers assist with the transfer of the legal title of a property from one person to another and cover conveyancing throughout England and Wales not just Portslade. If appointed a Licensed Conveyancer regulated by the CLC, you can expect:
  • Be supplied with an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Be supplied with a high standard of legal services.
  • Be supplied with your transaction dealt with using care, skill and legal competence.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a high quality of service due to your conveyancer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Be provided with a service which is accessible and responsive to your individual needs.
  • Not feel discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • Not receive a service which is below the standard you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Have your specific needs taken into account should you make a complaint.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a swift, objective and comprehensive service when if a complaint is made about your conveyancing in Portslade.

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

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