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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Battersea

A friend suggested that where I am purchasing in Battersea I should ask my conveyancer to perform a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?

This is a search is sometimes quoted for as part of the standard Battersea conveyancing searches. It is not a small document of about 40 pages, listing and setting out significant information about Battersea around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Battersea Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the demographics of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime statistics, Battersea Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about Battersea.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified as part of conveyancing in Battersea?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the process of conveyancing in Battersea. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

I have been on the look out for a leasehold apartment up to £235,500 and found one round the corner in Battersea I like with open areas and station in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 49 remaining years left on the lease. There is not much else in Battersea suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a short lease?

Should you need a mortgage the remaining unexpired lease term may be an issue. Reduce the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing proprietor has owned the premises for at least twenty four months you could request that they start the process of the extension and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor about this.

As co-executor for the estate of my grandmother I am disposing of a house in Cardiff but reside in Battersea. My conveyancer (who is 260 miles awayrequires that I execute a statutory declaration before the transaction finalising. Can you recommend a conveyancing lawyer in Battersea to witness and place their company stamp on the document?

Technically speaking you should not need to have the documents witnessed by a conveyancing solicitor. Normally any notary public or solicitor will suffice regardless of whether they are Battersea based

The conveyancing solicitors conducting our conveyancing in Battersea has sent papers to review that indicate that the property is unregistered with epitome documents. How can it be that the property not registred at the Land Registry?

Although most properties in Battersea are now registered with HM Land Registry there are still a few that are unregistered. Any property in Battersea that has been transferred since the late 1980’s will have been registered at the HM Land Registry under the compulsory ‘first registration’ scheme. However, if a Battersea property has not changed hands in that time then it’s likely the old fashioned title deeds will be the only evidence of ownership.Plenty of Battersea conveyancing practitioners should be familiar with such matters but in the event that uncertainty exists the usual guidance nowadays appears to be for the seller’s conveyancer to register it first and then sell - this no doubt result in a significant delay.

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