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Sittingbourne Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time frame of 25 days for registration of title in Sittingbourne
  • 2 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Sittingbourne is 28% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 3 Percentage of cases in Sittingbourne that are buy to let is 10%
  • 4 998 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Sittingbourne
  • 5 86% freehold and 14% leasehold conveyancing in Sittingbourne for last year

Examples of recent conveyancing in Sittingbourne since October 2020*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Sittingbourne

I am hoping to receive a offer of a home loan from Santander. I hope to use a Licensed Conveyancer in Sittingbourne. Does the Santander Conveyancing panel allow for conveyancers regulated by the CLC?

The Santander conveyancing panel is, like many other lenders, represented by the Council or Mortgage Lenders or BSA, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

Last November we completed a house move in Sittingbourne. We have noticed several issues with the property which we believe were missed in the conveyancing searches. What action can we take? Can you clarify the nature of searches that needed to have been conducted as part of conveyancing in Sittingbourne?

The question is not clear as what problems have arisen and if they are relate to conveyancing in Sittingbourne. Conveyancing searches and due diligence initiated as part of the legal transfer of property are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, a property owner answers a document called a Seller’s Property Information Form. If the information is misleading, you could possibly take legal action against the owner for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Sittingbourne.

I purchased a terraced Victorian house in Sittingbourne. Conveyancing solicitor acted for me and Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and there are two entries: one for freehold, another for leasehold with the exact same 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 as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Sittingbourne and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they buy they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with purchasers. You can also enquire as to the situation with the conveyancing lawyer who conducted the purchase.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a house I have offered on two weeks back in what was supposed to be a straight forward, no chain conveyancing. Sittingbourne is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Sittingbourne are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Sittingbourne you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne may ascertain 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 premises.

I am looking into buying my first house which is in Sittingbourne and I am already nervous. I couldn't find anything specific about Sittingbourne. Conveyancing will be needed in due course but do you know about the Sittingbourne area? or perhaps some other tips you can share?

Rather than looking online forget looking online you should go and have a look at Sittingbourne. In the meantime here are some basic statistics that we found

I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Sittingbourne for my house move. Is there any facility to check a firm’s record with the legal regulator?

One may see documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions stemming from investigations started on or after Jan 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For information Pre 2008, or to check a solicitors record, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA could monitor call for training purposes.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Sittingbourne specialising in commercial conveyancing in Sittingbourne. This could include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Ratcliffes, 22 Park Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1DR
  • Pope & Co, 71 High Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4AW
  • Jarmans Solicitors, Third Floor, Bell House, Bell Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4DH
  • Medway Law Limited, Court Lodge Chambers, Faversham Road, Wichling, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0DJ
  • V. E. White & Co. Ltd, 10 Parkwood Green, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9PN

Residential conveyancing in Sittingbourne almost always comprises the following:

  • Taking instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Investigating the title unregistered or registered
  • Conducting Sittingbourne searches with respect to the property
  • Reviewing draft contract and other papers supplied by the seller’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Submitting enquiries with the seller’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Negotiating the purchase agreement
  • Reviewing replies given by the seller to pre-contract enquiries
  • Negotiating a Transfer document
  • Guiding the buyer in respect of the loan offer: (if relevant)
  • Drawing up and sending the purchaser a report on title (that is; summarising to the buyer on the contents of the contract pack, preliminary enquiries and the result of the searches)
  • Carrying out the key stage of exchanging contracts and then completion of the purchase
  • Completing and submitting to HMRC the correct Land Tax forms and payment
  • Registering the purchase and the home loan (where applicable) at the Land Registry.

Sittingbourne commercial property solicitors draw on a full range of commercial expertise offering advice on a variety of issues across all aspects of commercial property law

    Hotels, public houses and restaurants Property finance transactions, including sale and leaseback Negotiating, completing and terminating commercial leases complex procedures concerning renewal, rent reviews, dilapidations and the many obligations encountered by Landlords and Tenants of commercial premises Property realisations and advice for insolvency practitioners

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

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