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Southport Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Southport is 15% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 2 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 Southport
  • 3 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £2,117
  • 4 Average time frame of 54 days for registration of title in Southport
  • 5 56% freehold and 44% leasehold conveyancing in Southport for this year to date

Examples of recent conveyancing in Southport since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Southport

My partner and I are planning to buy a property in Southport and have appointed a Southport conveyancing firm. Within the last couple of days our lawyer has forwarded the sale agreement to be signed with a detailed report in anticipation of exchanging contracts shortly. Britannia have this evening contacted us to advise us that they have now hit a problem as our Southport lawyer is not on their conveyancing panel. Please explain?

When purchasing a property with the benefit of a mortgage it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also act for the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your solicitor should contact your lender and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the bank's conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Southport solicitors, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you have another set of people involved.

We were going to get a DIP from Aldermore this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc). Do Aldermore recommend any Southport solicitors on the Aldermore conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer?

You will need to appoint Southport solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Aldermore conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and Aldermore through the process.

Intending to buy a maisonette in Southport. I have received an online quote from a licenced conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Building Society if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.

They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that the Southport conveyancer is on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel.

I've digested plenty of mortgage guides, I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Southport solicitor - who is on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?

Coventry BS will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Coventry BS will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Southport surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.

I have been on the look out for a flat up to £195,000 and identified one near me in Southport I like with a park and station nearby, the downside is that it only has 52 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Southport in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake buying a lease with such few years left?

If you need a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term may be a potential deal breaker. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current owner has owned the property for at least 2 years you can ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease term with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer about this.

I'm converting the mortgage on my primary home to a BTL loan with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and intend to use the remaining equity as a down payment on another property. The location we are talking about is Southport. Will your lawyers be able to act for the two mortgage companies and tie in the transactions?

Do use our comparison tool on this page to check that the solicitors are approved by both mortgage companies. On the basis that they are your solicitor should be able to connect the two conveyancing matters but you should have a chat with you conveyancer and make apparent your expectations and requirements.

Am I better off to use a Southport conveyancing practitioner who is local to the property I am purchasing? We have a good friend who can handle the legal formalities however his firm is located 300miles away.

The primary upside of using a high street Southport conveyancing firm is that you can visit the firm to sign documents, present your ID and apply pressure on them where appropriate. Having local Southport know how is a plus. That being said it's more important to get someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If other friends have used your friend and the majority were happy that should trump using an unfamiliar Southport conveyancing solicitor just because they are round the corner.

I’m about to sell my basement flat in Southport. Conveyancing has not commenced, however I have recently received a quarterly service charge demand – what should I do?

It best that you pay the service charge as you normally would given that all rents and service charges will be allotted on completion, so you will be reimbursed 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 unless 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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.

I bought a 2 bed flat in Southport, conveyancing was carried out 9 years ago. Can you shed any light on how much the price could be for a 90 year extension to my lease? Similar properties in Southport with a long lease are worth £186,000. The ground rent is £55 invoiced annually. The lease terminates on 21st October 2076

With only 52 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to range between £29,500 and £34,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt additional issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information before getting professional advice.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Southport

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Southport practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Leasehold Valuation Tribunal proceedings

  • Brighouses (incorporating Bellis Kennan Gribble & Co), Clarendon House, St. Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0AJ
  • Cockshott Peck Lewis Ltd, 24 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Breens, 30 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Graham M Riley & Co Solicitors Ltd, 14-16 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA
  • Hodge Halsall Llp, 18 Hoghton Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0PA

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Southport regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Southport but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Dorling Cottrell Limited, Southport Business Park, PR8 4HQ

Planning law solicitors in Southport regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Southport practicing in planning law. This should include advice on 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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