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Surbiton Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 September was the busiest month and December was the next busiest month while October was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Surbiton
  • 2 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £540
  • 3 Average time frame of 76 days for registration of title in Surbiton
  • 4 The most common indemnity insurance policies for Surbiton conveyancing is Chancel
  • 5 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £26,893

Examples of recent conveyancing in Surbiton since May 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Surbiton

I can't travel far from Surbiton. I would like to know the reason why all Surbiton property lawyers aren't automatically on all lender panels?

Lenders ordinarily impose restrictions on either the type or the number of conveyancing firms on their approved list of lawyers. Typical examples of such criteria being that a firm must have at least two partners. As well as restricting the nature of firm, some banks made a decision to reduce the number of conveyancers they allow to represent them. You should note that mortgage companies have no liability for the quality of conveyancing given by any Surbiton lawyer on their panel. Mortgage fraud was the primary trigger for the culling of conveyancing panels in the last decade even though there are differing opinions about the extent of solicitor involvement in some of that fraud. Statistics published by the Land Registry indicates that thousands of conveyancing practices only carry out one or two conveyances annually. Those advocating conveyancing panel cuts ask why conveyancing firms deserve claim to remain on a conveyancing panel when clearly property law is not their primary expertise?

Does a directory service exist listing Skipton panel solicitors in Surbiton on the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Website?

No. There is no such facility on the CML or Building Society Association websites. A small selection of banks make their panel listings available over the internet. Where you are looking for a Surbiton property lawyer on the Skipton please use our tool.

I have a mortgage with Virgin Money for my property in Surbiton. Conveyancing has been completed 12 months ago. In the event that I decide to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Virgin Money?

Virgin Money must be informed of your intention prior to letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Virgin Money’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent 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 Virgin Money directly. You need not do this via a Virgin Money conveyancing panel firm.

I have finally had an offer on an apartment in Surbiton accepted, the vendors do nevertheless have a dependent purchase. The owners have offered on a property, however it’s not been accepted yet, and are looking at other flats in the pipeline. I have selected a nearby conveyancing solicitor in Surbiton. What do I do now? At what point do I apply for the mortgage with Yorkshire BS?

It is normal to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket prematurely (mortgage application is in the region of £1k, then valuation, Surbiton conveyancing search charges, etc). First, you should ensure that your lawyer is on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel. Concerning the next steps this very much dictated by the uniqueness of your transaction, desire for the property and on the state of the market. In a hot market many home buyers will apply for the mortgage with Yorkshire BS and pay for the valuation and only if it was satisfactory would they ask their conveyancing practitioner to press on with the conveyancing in Surbiton.

I have recentlybeen informed that Action Conveyancing have closed. They carried out my conveyancing in Surbiton for a purchase of a leasehold apartment 12 months ago. How can I establish that my home is registered correctly in the name of the previous owner?

The easiest method to check if the premises is in your name, you can make a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Surbiton conveyancing specialists.

About to purchase a new build apartment in Surbiton. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Surbiton

    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. 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. Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease.

Should I choose a Surbiton conveyancing lawyer based in the area that I am purchasing? We have a good friend who can conduct the conveyancing but they are based approximately 350kilometers drive away.

The primary upside of using a local Surbiton conveyancing practice is that you can pop in to sign paperwork, hand in your ID and pester them if necessary. They will also have local insight which is a benefit. That being said it's more important to get someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If other friends have instructed your friend and the majority were impressed that should trump using an unfamiliar Surbiton conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being based in the area.

We expect to complete our sale of a £175,000 flat in Surbiton next Monday. The managing agents has quoted £408 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Surbiton?

Surbiton conveyancing on leasehold flats normally requires the purchaser’s conveyancer submitting questions for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to address these enquiries most will be willing to do so. They are entitled to charge a reasonable administration fee for answering questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some situations it is in excess of £800. The management information fee demanded by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of entitlements and obligations in respect of administration fees, otherwise the invoice is not strictly payable. In reality one has no option but to pay whatever is requested of you if you want to sell the property.

I am the proprietor of a two-bedroom flat in Surbiton. Given that I can not reach agreement with the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the premium payable for the purchase of the freehold?

You certainly can. We are happy to put you in touch with a Surbiton conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Surbiton property is Flat D 15 Claremont Gardens in September 2013. TheTribunal determined in accordance with section48 and Schedule13 of the Leasehold Reform,Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 that the premium for the extended lease should be fourteen thousand one hundred and eighty seven pounds (£14,187.00) This case related to 1 flat.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Surbiton regulated by the SRA

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

  • Hill Johnson & Leo, 59 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4NQ
  • Hill Johnson Trading As Leo And Stockton, Second Floor Offices, 59 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4NQ
  • Surbitonlaw Llp, 16a Isabel House, 46 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4JL
  • Surbitonlaw Limited, 16a Isabel House, 46 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4JL
  • Howell-jones Llp, 75 Surbiton Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2AF

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Surbiton

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Surbiton specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Leasehold Valuation Tribunal proceedings

  • Hill Johnson & Leo, 59 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4NQ
  • Hill Johnson Trading As Leo And Stockton, Second Floor Offices, 59 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4NQ
  • Howell-jones Llp, 75 Surbiton Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2AF
  • Dunn & Co, 52 Fassett Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2TF
  • S Abraham Solicitors, 290a Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 7AQ

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

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Surbiton but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Property Transfer Co-ordination Ptc, Corner House, KT1 2NR
  • Clay & Co Limited, First Floor, TW11 0HE
  • J Scollan & Co Property Lawyers, First Floor Canal Court, TW8 8JA

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

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