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Southport Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Southport is 14% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 2 Percentage of cases in Southport that are buy to let is 7%
  • 3 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing cases in Southport with service charge retention of 2%
  • 4 Average time from start to moving day was 109 days for conveyancing in Southport
  • 5 Average time frame of 53 days for registration of title in Southport

Examples of recent conveyancing in Southport since October 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Southport

I am not in a position to travel far from Southport. What is the rationale as to why all Southport conveyancing practitioners aren't automatically on all mortgage company panels?

Pre- 2008 most lenders had an attitude to risk which differs from the current day. The financial regulator in 2010 carried out a thematic review into property fraud which in summary warned lenders: know the lawyers on your panel. Consequently, lenders have since looked to extract more data from law firms regarding their operations and the staff who work for them and set certain criteria such as completing a minimum volume of transactions. Hundreds of law practices have been excluded from lender panels even though they had an exemplary disciplinary record, no complaints and no claims and didn't just 'dabble' in conveyancing. Such firms were never going to satisfy the criteria of volume of transactions the mortgage companies set.

Is it necessary during the course of the conveyancing process to attend the offices of the solicitor to sign the mortgage deed? If so, I will instruct a firm who offer conveyancing in Southport so that I can pop in to their offices when needed.

Most conveyancing panel lawyers for lenders undertake the vast majority of communications through the post, internet or over phone calls. This means that they can undertake the legal work for your home move regardless of where you live in the country. However you should see if you can still book an appointment to visit conveyancing lawyer if just in case this is required.

I am buying a new build flat in Southport. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build conveyancing.

Here is a sample of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Southport

    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. Please supply evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a flat up to £245,000 and identified one near me in Southport I like with open areas and railway links nearby, the downside is that it's only got 61 years unexpired on the lease. There is not much else in Southport for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a lease with such few years left?

Should you need a home loan the shortness of the lease will be a potential deal breaker. Reduce the price by the expected lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current owner has owned the premises for a minimum of 2 years you can ask them to start the process of the extension and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer concerning this matter.

I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a couple of maisonettes in Southport both have in the region of fifty years unexpired on the leases. should I be concerned?

There are plenty of short leases in Southport. The lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease gets shorter the marketability of the lease deteriorates and results in it becoming more costly to extend the lease. This is why it is advisable to increase the term of the lease. Sometimes it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease as mortgage companies less inclined to grant a loan on properties of this type. Lease extension can be a protracted process. We advise that you get professional help from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Southport - A selection of Queries before Purchasing

    Are there any major works on the horizon that will likely add a premium to the service costs? Best to be warned if fixing the lift or some other significant cost is due in the near future to be shared amongst the leaseholders and will materially increase the the maintenance charges or result in a specific payment. Make sure you investigate if the the lease includes any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. For instance it is reasonably common in Southport leases that pets are not permitted in in a block in Southport. If you like the apartmentin Southport however your cat is not allowed to move with you then you will be presented with a difficult decision.

What is the reason for my property lawyer requiring various items of identification before they can commence with my conveyancing in Southport?

Southport solicitors are duty bound by the Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority, HM Land Registry and current Money Laundering legislation to record that the have checked the identity of their clients. It is also sometimes a requirement of your lender where you are obtaining a mortgage. In addition they have to complete various forms, particularly those relating to stamp duty land tax and need to have details such as your full names, NI number and DOB.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Southport regulated by the SRA

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

  • Brighouses (incorporating Bellis Kennan Gribble & Co), Clarendon House, St. Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AJ
  • Brown Turner Ross Limited, 11 St. Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AL
  • Cockshott Peck Lewis Ltd, 24 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Breens, 30 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Hodge Halsall Llp, 18 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Southport regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Southport with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Southport. This will likely include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Brighouses (incorporating Bellis Kennan Gribble & Co), Clarendon House, St. Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AJ
  • Brown Turner Ross Limited, 11 St. Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AL
  • Cockshott Peck Lewis Ltd, 24 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Breens, 30 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Hodge Halsall Llp, 18 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA

Planning law solicitors in Southport regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Southport specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • J Rostron, 1 Hartley Crescent, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 4SG

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

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