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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kent

I am searching for value for money conveyancer. Should I go for for an online conveyancer or a local Kent conveyancing lawyer?

Kent is a unique place, where neighbourhood know-how counts for a lot. The laid-back lifestyle is great – but not when it comes to your conveyancing. The property lawyers that we work with display a wealth of Kent know how with a professional, can doattitude that helps the conveyancing to progress hassle free. It is a definite plus where they enjoy established connections with mortgage brokers, search providers, valuers and other Kent conveyancing solicitors

Having sold my house in Kent last November yet the purchaser is e-mailing me complaining that their solicitor is waiting to hear from mine. What are the post completion sale legalities now that I have sold?

Following your disposal your solicitor should deliver the transfer documentation and all supplemental paperwork to the purchaser's conveyancer. Depending on the transaction, your lawyer must also evidence that the legal charge in favour of the lender has been discharged to the buyers solicitors. There are no post completion formalities specific conveyancing in Kent.

My colleague suggested that if I am buying in Kent I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?

This is a search is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard Kent conveyancing searches. It is a large report of more than thirty pages, listing and detailing significant information about Kent around the property and the people living there. It incorporates an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime statistics, Kent Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information about Kent.

My company is looking to lease a unit on the high street. Can you recommend lawyers offering no-sale-no charges for non-domestic conveyancing in Kent for below £1,200?

We are happy to recommend firms who have well rounded knowledge of commercial conveyancing in Kent, including the sale and purchase of businesses as well as simply premises. If you are looking to acquire or dispose of a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail premises or a complete business we can find you the right solicitor. Regarding the charges this will depend on the structure and terms of the proposed transaction. Let us have your contact information or phone us so that we may provide you with a fixed commercial conveyancing calculation.

Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on our sale of a £150,000 flat in Kent on Friday in a week. The management company has quoted £384 for Certificate of Compliance, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Kent?

Kent conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes usually results in administration charges raised by management companies :

    Answering conveyancing due diligence enquiries Where consent is required before sale in Kent Supplying insurance information Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Kent leasehold premises is £350. For Kent conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are required to provide answers.

Kent Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries Prior to buying

    Best to be warned if a new roof is being put on or some other major work is anticipated to be shared between the tenants and will dramatically increase the the service charges or necessitate a specific payment. Where a Kent lease has no more than eighty years it will have adverse implications on the salability of the apartment. Check with your lender that they are willing to go ahead with the loan given the lease term. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will most likely need a lease extension sooner rather than later and it is worth finding out what this will be. For most Kentlease extensions you would need to own the residence for a couple of years before you are eligible to extend the lease. You should want to discover as much as you can regarding the managing agents as they can either make living at the property much easier or problematic. As the owner of a leasehold property you are frequently at the mercy of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to every day matters such as the tidiness of the common parts. Ask other tenants what they think of them. In conclusion, find out the dates that you are obliged pay the maintenance charge to the managing agents and precisely what you get for your money.

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