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Sevenoaks Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £24,647
  • 2 119 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Sevenoaks
  • 3 Percentage of cases in Sevenoaks that are buy to let is 4%
  • 4 Average time frame of 44 days for registration of title in Sevenoaks
  • 5 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while June was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Sevenoaks

Examples of recent conveyancing in Sevenoaks since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Sevenoaks

Me and my partner are about to complete buying a house in Sevenoaks but as a consequence of wreckage from the recent storms I have was able negotiate recompense from the owner of £3k taking the form of a deduction in the price. I had intended this to be addressed as part of a side agreement but Santander are not allowing this. Should they have been involved?

Your solicitor being on a Santander approved list is obliged to advise Santander of any amendments to the sale price. If you prohibit your conveyancing practitioner to notify the price change to Santander then they would have to discontinue acting for you. In addition, Santander and you would have to appoint a new property lawyer for your conveyancing in Sevenoaks.

Should our solicitor be asking questions regarding flooding as part of the conveyancing in Sevenoaks.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for solicitors dealing with homes in Sevenoaks. There are those who buy a house in Sevenoaks, completely expectant that at some time, it may be flooded. However, aside from the physical destruction, if a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, suitable insurance cover, or sell the premises. There are steps that can be taken during the course of a property purchase to forewarn the purchaser.

Conveyancers are not best placed to impart advice on flood risk, but there are a number of searches that may be carried out by the purchaser or on a buyer’s behalf which will give them a better understanding of the risks in Sevenoaks. The standard completed inquiry forms given to a buyer’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a standard inquiry of the seller to discover whether the property has suffered from flooding. In the event that the residence has been flooded in past which is not notified by the vendor, then a purchaser could issue a claim for damages as a result of such an incorrect reply. The purchaser’s solicitors should also commission an environmental report. This should reveal if there is any known flood risk. If so, more detailed investigations will need to be made.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up as part of conveyancing in Sevenoaks?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the process of conveyancing in Sevenoaks. 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…’

I am buying a new build house in Sevenoaks with the aid of help to buy. The sellers would not budge the amount so I negotiated £7000 of additionals instead. The house builders rep advised me not disclose to my solicitor about the deal as it will impact my loan with the lender. Should I keep quiet?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I have offered on a fortnight ago in what should have been a simple, chain free conveyancing. Sevenoaks is where the house is located. Can you offer any guidance?

Flying freeholds in Sevenoaks are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Sevenoaks you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Sevenoaks may decide 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 residence.

Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my basement apartment in Sevenoaks. Conveyancing has not commenced, but I have just had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – Do I pay up?

It best that you pay the invoice as usual given that all ground rent and maintenance charges will be apportioned as part of the financial calculations for completion monies, so you should recover the relevant percentage by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment 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.

I inherited a split level flat in Sevenoaks, conveyancing was carried out 6 years ago. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Sevenoaks with over 90 years remaining are worth £221,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 per annum. The lease finishes on 21st October 2094

With 70 years left to run we estimate the price of your lease extension to range between £9,500 and £11,000 as well as legals.

The figure above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to advice on the actual costs without more comprehensive investigations. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other concerns that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action placing reliance on this information without first getting professional advice.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Sevenoaks regulated by the SRA

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

  • F.g.b. Williams Limited, C/o Knocker & Foskett, The Red House, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JL
  • Knocker & Foskett, The Red House, 50 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JL
  • D F Brazel Limited, C/o Knocker & Foskett, The Red House, 50 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JL
  • Walker & Walker, 35 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JD
  • Dmb Law, The Old Bat and Ball, St. Johns Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3PF

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Sevenoaks

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Sevenoaks specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on wrongful eviction

  • Knocker & Foskett, The Red House, 50 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JL
  • D F Brazel Limited, C/o Knocker & Foskett, The Red House, 50 High Street, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JL
  • F.g.b. Williams Limited, C/o Knocker & Foskett, The Red House, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1JL
  • Dmb Law, The Old Bat and Ball, St. Johns Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3PF
  • Sharratts (london) Llp, 1 The Old Yard, Rectory Lane, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1JP

Planning law solicitors in Sevenoaks regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Sevenoaks with expertise in planning law. This could include advice on making sure people do what the planning regulations say
  • Sharratts (london) Llp, 1 The Old Yard, Rectory Lane, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1JP

Neighboring Locations

Pratt's Bottom
Otford
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Tonbridge

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

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