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Conveyancing in South Kensington : Keep it Local

Reasons to use our South Kensington conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Firms accustomed to conveyancing in South Kensington regularly deal withlocal concerns peculiar to South Kensington and therefore you may benefit from better guidance and speedier conveyancing.
  • 2 Over the years South Kensington conveyancer have developed excellent working relationships with South Kensington local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of dealing with your conveyancing in South Kensington.
  • 3 South Kensington property lawyer are the linchpin to a successful South Kensington home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your transaction
  • 4 There is a better than average chance that the other side’s solicitors have offices in South Kensington - if so sets of conveyancers are likely to be less confrontational
  • 5 South Kensington conveyancers are likely to have connections at the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and estate agents

Examples of recent conveyancing in South Kensington since March 2022*

Sale

of flat Draycott Place SW3 2SB, at purchase sum of £1,795,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, agreeing completion date with parties, preparing statement detailing charges

Transfer

of flat Brompton Park Crescent SW6 1SP, at sale consideration of £450,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties

Acquisition

of apartment Lancelot Place SW7 1DR, acquired for £11,250,000. Leasehold conveyancing investigations included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the seller for signature in preparation for completion, agreeing completion date with parties

Transfer

of flat Fulham Road SW6 5NJ, at the agreed sum of £740,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in readiness for completion, agreeing completion date with parties, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in South Kensington

It is 10 years ago since I bought my home in South Kensington. Conveyancing solicitors have recently been appointed on the sale but I am unable to track down my title deeds. Will this jeopardise the sale?

Don’t worry too much. Firstly there is a possibility that the deeds will be kept by the mortgage company or they could stored with the solicitor who acted in the purchase. Secondly the chances are that the land will be registered at the land registry and you will be able to establish that you are the registered owner by your conveyancing lawyers acquiring up to date copy of the land registers. Nearly all conveyancing in South Kensington involves registered property but in the unlikely event that your property is not registered it adds to the complexity but is not insurmountable.

Me and my partner are purchasing a apartment in South Kensington. I might seem paranoid but how we can trust a solicitor? On completion day we will need to send money into their account. What protection do we have from them run away with our money?

Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.

I can not fathom if my lender obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have telephoned my South Kensington building society branch on numerous occasions and was told it wasn't a problem and they would lend. My South Kensington conveyancing solicitor - who is on the bank conveyancing panel- called to say that they will not lend based on their published requirements. Who do I believe?

As long as the solicitor is on the lender panel, they must comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook provisions for the lender. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the lender will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years left on the lease.

Our offer on a property in South Kensington has been agreed to, but there is a chain. The vendors have placed an offer on on an apartment, however it’s not yet agreed to, and are looking at other flats in the pipeline. I have instructed a bricks and mortar conveyancing solicitor in South Kensington. What should be my next step? At what stage do I apply for the mortgage with UBS?

It is understandable to have anxieties where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket prematurely (mortgage application is approx £1k, then valuation, South Kensington conveyancing search charges, etc). First, you should check that your property lawyer is on the UBS conveyancing panel. Concerning the next phase this very much dictated by the specifics of your case, desire for the property and on the state of the market. During a hot market many home buyers will apply for the mortgage with UBS and arrange for the valuation and only if it was satisfactory would they pay their conveyancer to proceed with the conveyancing in South Kensington.

My wife and I purchased a semi-detached Victorian house in South Kensington. Conveyancing solicitor represented me and Santander. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw two entries: the first freehold, another for leasehold with the matching property. Is it worth asking Santander to clarify?

You should assess the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for 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 South Kensington and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they remortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with buyers. You can also check the position with the conveyancing solicitor who conducted the purchase.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on two weeks back in what should have been a simple, chain free conveyancing. South Kensington is where the house is located. Can you offer any opinion?

Flying freeholds in South Kensington are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in South Kensington you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in South Kensington may determine 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 in need of some leasehold conveyancing in South Kensington. Before I get started I want to be sure as to the unexpired term of the lease.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in South Kensington - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title. For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

Having spent years of negotiations we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in South Kensington. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

Where there is a missing landlord or if there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the relevant legislation you can apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to arrive at the price.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a South Kensington property is Flat 16 21/22 Stanhope Gardens in November 2010. the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal concluded that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993, was £106,975 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 51.93 years.

Why can't I complete my conveyancing in South Kensington on Easter Monday?

This is due to the fact that on completion the funds needs to be transferred electronically between the banks of the buyer and owner’s solicitor and at present this can only occur on a working day. It is not possible to complete on a weekend either.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in South Kensington regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in South Kensington with expertise in commercial conveyancing in South Kensington. This should include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Volks Hedleys, 26 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3DL
  • Terence St J Millett, 34 Sumner Place, South Kensington, London, SW7 3NT
  • Jeremy Davies & Co, 30 Thurloe Street, London, SW7 2LT
  • Ashley Wilson Solicitors Llp, 26 Ives Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 2ND
  • Michael Lynn & Co, 8 Cheval Place, London, SW7 1ES

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in South Kensington regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in South Kensington but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Sutherland House, W1F 7TE
  • R & C Property Lawyers Llp, 10A Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Bldg 3 Chiswick Park, W4 5YA
  • Ldn Conveyancing Ltd, 3 Acton Hill Mews, W3 9QN
  • Quality Conveyancing Ltd, Westgate House, W5 1YY

Planning law solicitors in South Kensington regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in South Kensington specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including tree preservation orders
  • Parfitt Cresswell, 593-599 Fulham Road, London, London, SW6 5UA
  • Mark Taylor & Company, 310 Harbour Yard, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XD
  • Hoffman-bokaei Solicitors, Suite 2, Exhibition House, Addison Bridge Place, Hammersmith Road Kensington Olympia, London, London, W14 8XP
  • Techlawyer Limited, 22 Groveside Court, Lombard Road, London, SW11 3RQ
  • Keystone Law Limited, Second Floor Audley House, 13 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5HX

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

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