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Rochford Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of cases in Rochford that are buy to let is 4%
  • 2 74% freehold and 26% leasehold conveyancing in Rochford for this year to date
  • 3 Average time from start to completion was 88 days for conveyancing in Rochford
  • 4 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while November was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Rochford
  • 5 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270

Examples of recent conveyancing in Rochford since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Rochford

I am progressing with the sale of my ground floor flat in Rochford and the estate agent has just telephoned to say that the purchasers are swapping law firm. The reason given is that the bank will only engage with property lawyers on their conveyancing panel. Why would a leading mortgage company only deal with certain lawyers rather the firm that they want to appoint to handle their conveyancing in Rochford ?

Banks have always had an approved set of law firms they are content to work with, but in recent years big names such as Santander, have considered and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for more than 25 years.

Banks point to the increase in fraud by way of justification for the pruning – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to keep an eye on. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is hearing daily from firms that have been removed from panels. Some are unaware that they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. The buyers are unlikely to have any impact on this.

I am need of leasehold conveyancing for a flat in a fairly new development (five years old) in Rochford. 95% of the flats are already occupied. Is it strictly necessary to order neighbourhood searches for my conveyancing in Rochford?

If you are buying a property with the assistance of a mortgage, your mortgage company will insist on some (many) of the searches so you'll have no choice. If not, then Rochford conveyancing searches are optional. Your solicitor, will ’encourage’, perhaps in the strongest possible terms, that you should not go ahead without searches, but he or she has a professional duty to do this. One thing to bear in mind; if you are likely to sell the house one day, it may be of interest to your future buyer what the searches contain. Sometimes houses with no practical issues can still throw up adverse search results. But if you insist that your lawyer to proceed without searches then your lawyer will have to follow your instructions or you will need to switch to another solicitor for your conveyancing in Rochford.

We are looking to buy a flat and require a conveyancing solicitor in Rochford who is on the Virgin Money approved panel. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a conveyancing firm?

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

My lawyer in Rochford is not listed on the Aldermore Conveyancing Panel. Is it possible for me to retain my prefered solicitor notwithstanding that they are not on the Aldermore panel of approved conveyancing solicitors?

The limited options open to you here include:

  1. Carry on with your preferred Rochford solicitors but Aldermore will need to instruct a conveyancer on their panel. This will inevitably rack up the overall legal charges as well as cause delays.
  2. Find a new practitioner to to deal with the conveyancing, remembering to check they are on the Aldermore panel

I am close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our property in Rochford and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being constructed land that was not decontaminated. Any local conveyancer would know this is not the case. It does beg the question why the purchasers instructed a web based conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Rochford. We have lived in Rochford for 4 years we know that this is a non issue. Is it a good idea to contact our local Authority to seek confirmation that the buyers are looking for.

It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You need to 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 illness)

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Rochford. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build questions that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Rochford

    The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. Please confirm the Lease plans are architect prepared.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Rochford regulated by the SRA

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

  • Wells Legal Solicitors, 3 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AZ
  • Drysdales Solicitors Llp, Cumberland House, 24-28 Baxter Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6HZ
  • Chennells, 583-585 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9PJ
  • Paul Robinson Solicitors Llp, The Old Bank, 470-474 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LD
  • Lloyd Jones & Co, 8-10 Southbourne Grove, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9UR

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Rochford

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

  • Wells Legal Solicitors, 3 Spa Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AZ
  • Drysdales Solicitors Llp, Cumberland House, 24-28 Baxter Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6HZ
  • Chennells, 583-585 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9PJ
  • Paul Robinson Solicitors Llp, The Old Bank, 470-474 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LD
  • Law Hurst & Taylor, 153 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7EL

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Rochford regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Rochford but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Garnett Wilson Conveyancing Services Llp, Cumberland House, SS2 6HZ
  • Whitehouse Property Lawyers, Clarence Chambers, SS1 1BD
  • Brown & Co Property Lawyers Limited, 126 Station Road, CM0 8HQ

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

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