Find a Lender-Approved Local Conveyancer in Rochester

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You can try and find the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Rochester but be careful as you may get what you pay for.

Reasons to use our Rochester conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 The hallmark of our conveyancing solicitors in Rochester is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) often falls short of the high standards of professionalism you will expect.
  • 2 Rochester lawyers have a significant edge when it comes to Rochester conveyancing as they have valuable local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that will affect your sale or purchase
  • 3 Rochester conveyancers work in conjunction with Rochester estate agents, property finders, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to make sure that the highest level of service is offered to home movers every step of the way, helping make the process as straightforward as possible
  • 4 Rochester solicitor are the key to a successful Rochester home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your transaction
  • 5 The Rochester conveyancing practitioners that we work with are dedicated to providing the most cost, efficient and accessible conveyancing service to purchasers, sellers and remortgagors in Rochester

Examples of recent conveyancing in Rochester since April 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Rochester

My husband and I are intending to buy a 1 bedroom flat in Rochester with a mortgage. We have a Rochester lawyer, but the lender says she’s not on their "panel". It seems we have no choice but to instruct one of the lender panel firms or retain our Rochester conveyancer and pay for one of their panel firms to represent them. We consider that this is inequitable; are we not able to insist that the mortgage company use our Rochester lawyer ?

Unfortunately,no. Your mortgage offer is subject to its terms and conditions, one of which will be that lawyers will on the lender’s conveyancing panel. Until recently, most lenders had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your Rochester conveyancing lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel.

We are looking to buy a house and need a conveyancing solicitor in Rochester who is on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a solicitor?

Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Leeds Building Society . We don't recommend any particular firms conducting conveyancing in Rochester.

We are aiming to move home in October. Does my conveyancing solicitor liaise with the removal company on the completion day. Incidentally, can you suggest a removal company in Rochester. Conveyancing solicitor was chosen prior to coming across this site.

On the day of completion you will need to collect the keys from your selling agent but this should only occur after the previous owners conveyancers inform the agent that they have the completion monies and the keys can be collected. Subsequently you will need to advise the removal company that they can start moving you in. We do not recommend a specific removal company but can assist you in locating a conveyancing in Rochester or a legal practice that specialises in conveyancing in Rochester.

After much negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment in Rochester. My financial adviser pressured me to appoint their property lawyer. I paid an advanced payment of £150. Not long after, the conveyancer called me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the RBS conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the RBS panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

I was told two weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Yorkshire BS. Is it usual for Yorkshire BS to only issue the offer once my solicitor in Rochester is approved on their conveyancing panel? Yorkshire BS have asked my solicitor to see a copy of their PI Insurance.

A lender would not issue a mortgage until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Yorkshire BS to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

Should commercial conveyancing searches disclose planned roadworks that may impact a commercial estate in Rochester?

Its becoming the norm that commercial conveyancing solicitors in Rochester will perform a SiteSolutions Highways report as it reduces the time that conveyancers spend in researching accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in Rochester. The search result provides definitive information on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in Rochester.

For each commercial conveyancing transaction in Rochester it is crucial to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. The absence of identifying developments where adoption procedures have not been dealt with adequately can result in delays to Rochester commercial conveyancing transactions as well as present a risk to future intentions for the site. These searches are not ordered for domestic conveyancing in Rochester.

I need to retain a conveyancing solicitor for my conveyancing in Rochester. I happened to chance upon a site which appears to be the ideal answer If it is possible to get all this stuff done via email that would be preferable. Do I need to be concerned? What should out be looking out for?

As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?

I’m about to sell my basement flat in Rochester. Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon, but I have recently had a quarterly service charge invoice – what should I do?

The sensible thing to do is pay the service charge as you normally would given that all ground rent and maintenance invoices should be apportioned as part of the financial calculations for completion monies, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Rochester - A selection of Questions you should ask before buying

    Its a good idea to find out as much as you can about the company managing the building as they will impact your use and enjoyment of the property. As the owner of a leasehold property you are often at the mercy of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to every day matters such as the tidiness of the communal areas. Don't be shy to ask other tenants whether they are happy with them. In conclusion, be sure you understand the dates that the maintenance charges are due to the relevant party and precisely what it includes. Is the freehold owned collectively by the tenants? Generally speaking the outlay for major works tend not to be built into the maintenance charges, albeit that a few managing agents in Rochester require tenants to pay into a sinking fund and this is used to offset against major works.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Rochester

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Rochester practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This will likely include advice on wrongful eviction

  • Bassets, 156 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1ET
  • Sara Binning Solicitors, Dickens Suite, Cheldgate House, 45 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LP
  • Dakers Marriott Dugdale Limited, Unit 3 Exeter House, Beaufort Court, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4FE
  • Winch & Winch, 5 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6AR
  • Stephens & Son Llp, Rome House, 41 Railway Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4RP

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Rochester regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Rochester but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Raymond Beer & Co Ltd, 16 Manor Road, ME4 6AG
  • Homden Property Lawyers, 26 Sharfleet Drive, ME2 2UA

Planning law solicitors in Rochester regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Rochester specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including making sure people do what the planning regulations say
  • The Kingsley Smith Trustee Company, 81 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EE
  • Kingsley Smith Solicitors Llp, 81 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EE

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