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Sittingbourne Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time from start to completion was 84 days for conveyancing in Sittingbourne
  • 2 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Sittingbourne is 8% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 3 84% freehold and 16% leasehold conveyancing in Sittingbourne for this year to date
  • 4 998 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Sittingbourne
  • 5 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270

Examples of recent conveyancing in Sittingbourne since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Sittingbourne

When will exchange of contracts happen for sale conveyancing in Sittingbourne and do I need to attend the conveyancers office?

Where you are near to our conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne you are welcome to attend to sign the paperwork. However, the firms we recommend offer countrywide coverage for conveyancing and provide as equally diligent and professional a job for you when communicating with you electronically. The executing of the contract is not the point of no return. A signed contract is just a prerequisite for the solicitor to officially exchange when the time is right, which is ordinarily shortly after signing. The procedure is nowadays normally dealt with by telephone and can be very rapid, although where an extended "chain" is involved, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Sittingbourne)to be in the office at the appropriate time.

I am purchasing a right to buy a flat in Sittingbourne. Can I do my own conveyancing?

Leaving aside the complexities and merits of DIY conveyancing in Sittingbourne you will have to appoint a solicitor on your bank's conveyancing panel to look after their interests. Most people therefore find it easier to let the solicitor act for them and the lender. Furthermore there is minimal cost savings to be made in you doing conveyancing for yourself and another lawyer conducting the conveyancing for the lender. Please feel free to use the search tool to find a lawyer on your lender panel in Sittingbourne.

We are aiming to move home in September. Will my conveyancing solicitor liaise with the removal company on the day of completion. Incidentally, can you suggest a removal company in Sittingbourne. Conveyancing solicitor was chosen before I stumbled across this page.

On the afternoon of completion you will need to pick up the keys from your estate agent however this should only be done after the previous owners lawyers advise the agent that they acknowledge receipt of the completion payment and the keys can be passed over. You can tell the removal company that you are ready to move in. As a matter of policy we do not recommend a particular removal organisation but can assist you in choosing a conveyancing in Sittingbourne or a lawyer with expertise in conveyancing in Sittingbourne.

I have today made my last payment due on my mortgage with UBS. I assume I don't need a Sittingbourne property lawyer on the UBS panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?

If you have finished paying off your UBS mortgage, they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the UBS mortgage from the register. UBS, and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage:

  1. but are not moving to another property
  2. where UBS has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
  3. UBS has instructed the Land Registry to do so
The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your UBS mortgage has been paid off.

I have a mortgage with Coventry BS for my property in Sittingbourne. Conveyancing has been completed a year ago. In the event that I decide to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform Coventry BS?

Your original mortgage agreement with Coventry BS will provide that you need their approval before letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Coventry BS’s mortgage conditions. It may be that Coventry BS will permit you to let out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Coventry BS directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Coventry BS conveyancing panel solicitor.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified as part of conveyancing in Sittingbourne?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Sittingbourne. 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…’

My father has encouraged me to use his conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne. Do I take his recommendation?

Much as we are happy to recommend a Sittingbourne conveyancing lawyer the ideal way to select a conveyancing practitioner is to seek feedback from friends or relatives who have used the conveyancer that you are are thinking of instructing.

Last February I purchased a leasehold house in Sittingbourne. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?

In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

I purchased a 1 bedroom flat in Sittingbourne, conveyancing was carried out half a dozen years ago. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Sittingbourne with over 90 years remaining are worth £255,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £45 invoiced annually. The lease ceases on 21st October 2097

With only 73 years left to run we estimate the price of your lease extension to range between £8,600 and £9,800 plus costs.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne regulated by the SRA

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

  • 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 Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Sittingbourne with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on Terms and conditions of tenancy agreements

  • Pope & Co, 71 High Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4AW
  • V. E. White & Co. Ltd, 10 Parkwood Green, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 9PN

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Sittingbourne regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Sittingbourne with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Sittingbourne. This may include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • 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

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

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