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Conveyancing in Uckfield : Keep it Local

Logical reasons to use our service to help you choose a local conveyancing solicitor in Uckfield

  • 1 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Uckfield is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) often falls short of the high standards of professionalism you will expect.
  • 2 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these companies are often located many miles away with little understanding of the factors that impact property transactions in Uckfield
  • 3 Excellent communication together with pure property expertise are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Uckfield conveyancing can be made a lot more complicated as a result of lack of transparency between all the parties. The lawyers we work with ensure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments quickly.
  • 4 Retaining the services of a high street Solicitor generally means that you will receive a more personalised service. Online forums often suggest that in choosing a large conveyancing firm, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who update you by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 5 Notwithstanding what alternative sites may claim it may be important to visit your solicitor to sign legal papers. There are various parties with engaged in a homemove without having to include the postman into the equation.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Uckfield since July 2021*

Transfer

of house residence, The Drive, TN22 1BZ completing on 10/08/2021 at a price of £345,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Disposal

of semi-detached property, Lewes Road, TN22 5SN completing on 15/07/2021 at a price of £330,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, agreeing completion date with parties, sending title deeds and signed transfer to purchaser’s solicitor

Sale

of terraced premises, Knowle Lane, BN8 6PR completing on 15/07/2021 at a price of £600,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, setting up the completion formalities, sending title deeds and signed transfer to purchaser’s lawyers

Sale

of terraced residence, Star Lane, TN22 5LD completing on 02/08/2021 at a price of £700,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Uckfield

I am in the process of selling my ground floor flat in Uckfield and the estate agent has just called to warn that the purchasers are appointing a new conveyancer. The reason given is that the mortgage company will only deal with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a big named mortgage company only engage with certain solicitors rather the firm that they want to appoint to handle their conveyancing in Uckfield ?

Lenders have always had an approved set of law firms that can represent them, but in recent years big names such as Santander, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for decades.

Lenders attribute this action to a rise in fraud by way of justification for the reduction – criteria have been narrowed as a smaller panel is easier to monitor. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is hearing daily from firms that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms are unaware that they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. Your purchasers are unlikely to have any impact on this.

My lawyer has discovered a defect with the lease for the apartment we are purchasing in Uckfield. The seller’s lawyers have put forward defective title insurance as a workaround. We are happy with insurance and will pay for it. Our solicitor says that he must ensure that the mortgage company is willing to move forward with this solution. Who is the client here, us or the mortgage company ?

The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the potential for a conflict of interest, you and the mortgage company are the client. Your property lawyer must comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects with the lease so that the mortgage company can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your conveyancing practitioner will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.

After weeks of negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment in Uckfield. My mortgage broker suggested a property lawyer. I paid an upfront payment of £175. Not long after, the property lawyer contacted me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the Barclays conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Barclays panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

About to purchase flat in Uckfield. I have received an online quote from a licenced conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Coventry BS 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 Uckfield conveyancer is on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel.

At last I have had an offer on a flat in Uckfield accepted, the sellers do however have a tied purchase. The sellers have offered on somewhere, however it’s not yet tied up, and have viewings of other apartments in the pipeline. I have chosen a local conveyancing solicitor in Uckfield. What do I do now? When do I get the mortgage application with Lloyds started?

It is understandable to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket prematurely (home loan application is in the region of one thousand pounds, then valuation, Uckfield conveyancing search fees, etc). The first course of action is to ensure that your lawyer is on the Lloyds conveyancing panel. As to the next phase this very much dictated by the uniqueness of your transaction, attraction to the property and on the state of the market. During a hot market some home buyers would apply for the mortgage with Lloyds and arrange for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they pay their solicitor to press on with searches.

Have completed on a a terraced house in Uckfield , What is the estimated time for the Land Registry to deal with the formalities evidencing my ownership? My Uckfield conveyancing solicitor works at snail pace, so I want to be sure that my name is registered.

As far as conveyancing in Uckfield is concerned, registration is no quicker or slower than anywhere else in the country. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timescales can vary subject to the party submitting the application, whether it is in order and whether the Land registry communicate with any other persons or bodies. At present in the region of 80% of such applications are completed within two weeks but some can be subject to extensive delays. Historically registration occurs after the purchaser has moved in to the premises thus registration formalities is not usually an essential issue yet if it is urgent that the the registration takes place urgently then you or your solicitor must speak with the land registry and explain the circumstances.

I opted to have a survey completed on a property in Uckfield prior to retaining lawyers. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold element to the property. My surveyor advised that some banks tend refuse to give a loan on this type of house.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Lloyds has different requirements for example to Nationwide. Should you wish to call us we can check via the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Uckfield. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Uckfield especially if they are accustomed to such properties in Uckfield.

I purchased a house in Uckfield last 7/9/2020 and to date it is still not registered with HMLR. It was part of a new estate and my conveyancer told me that it can take 12 months to register. I have called HM Land Registry directly and they have informed me the initial application was cancelled due to questions not being addressed in time. What can I do?

It is your conveyancer that you should contact in order to satisfy any questions which have been raised as part of the registration process for your Uckfield property. Normal Uckfield conveyancing practice includes an undertaking on the part of the seller's property lawyer that they will assist in resolving any question raised by HMLR so it may be a case of taking action to enforce that undertaking if necessary.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield regulated by the SRA

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

  • Rix & Kay Solicitors Llp, The Courtyard, River Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1SL
  • Dawson Hart Solicitors Limited, The Old Grammar School, Church Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BH
  • Juliet Bellis & Co, Isfield Place, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XR

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Uckfield

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Uckfield practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Rix & Kay Solicitors Llp, The Courtyard, River Way, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1SL
  • Dawson Hart Solicitors Limited, The Old Grammar School, Church Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1BH
  • Juliet Bellis & Co, Isfield Place, Isfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5XR

Domestic conveyancing in Uckfield almost always comprises the following:

  • Conveyancer instructed by the owners on acceptance of the offer
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Preparing contract and related papers
  • Submitting draft papers to the conveyancing practitioner retained by the purchaser
  • Finalising the wording for contracts and replying to further enquires from the purchaser’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Negotiating the transfer document
  • Replying to requisitions raised by the buyer’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then completion of the sale
  • Receiving sale proceeds and wiring funds to the seller, the estate agent and other relevant parties (if appropriate)

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

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