We are purchasing a flat and need a conveyancing solicitor in Kent who is on the RBS solicitor panel. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a conveyancing firm?
Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for RBS . We don't recommend any particular firms conducting conveyancing in Kent.
This question may be naive but I am new to the home buying as FTB of a two bedroom flat in Kent. Do I collect the keys to the house on the completion date from my conveyancer? If so, I will use a local conveyancing solicitor in Kent?
There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Conveyancing lawyers for you will transfer the purchase money to the seller's conveyancers, and shortly after the monies have arrived, you will be invited to receive the keys from the Estate Agents and move into your new home. Usually this occurs between 1 and 3pm.
Is it correct that all Kent CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors are on the Kent Reliance conveyancing list of approved solicitors?
It is true that some lenders now use CQS as the kick off point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for solicitors wishing to remain on their panels.
We had selected conveyancing lawyers locally in Kent on the Aldermore solicitor approved list. They are now charging me an additional amount for handling the Aldermore mortgage. Is this an additional conveyancing fee set by Aldermore?
Provided it is contained in their Terms and Conditions or estimate then yes your solicitor can levy a fee for this. This charge is not set by Aldermore but by your Kent lawyer. Some firms on the Aldermore panel will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.
I used Arc property Solicitors a few years past for my conveyancing in Kent. I now require my papers but the law firm has closed. What do I do?
You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracking down your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Kent of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously hired, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
As co-executor for the estate of my grandmother I am selling a property in Swansea but reside in Kent. My lawyer (approximately 250 kilometers awayhas requested that I execute a stat dec prior to the transaction finalising. Could you suggest a conveyancing practitioner in Kent to witness and place their company stamp on the document?
strictly speaking you are not likely to need to have the documents attested by a conveyancing solicitor. Ordinarily or notary public or qualified solicitor will suffice regardless of whether they are located in Kent
I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable price which is making it more attractive. I have just discovered that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Kent. Conveyancing advisers have not yet been instructed. Will they explain the issues?
The majority of houses in Kent are freehold rather than leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area who can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Kent so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Kent conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the landlord’spermission to conduct changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a maintenance charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will appraise you on the various issues.
Leasehold Conveyancing in Kent - Examples of Questions you should consider Prior to buying
Best to be warned whether changing the roof or some other significant cost is due in the foreseeable future to be shared between the leaseholders and will materially impact the level of the service charges or require a one off invoice. You should want to find out as much as you can regarding the company managing the block as they will affect your use and enjoyment of the property. Being a leasehold owner you are frequently in the clutches of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to practical issues such as the upkeep of the communal areas. Enquire of other people what they think of them. On a final note, investigate as to the dates that the service charges are due to the relevant party and precisely how they are spending the funds. For many Kent leaseholds the outlay for major works tend not to be included within maintenance charges, although some managing agents in Kent require leaseholders to pay into a sinking fund and this is used to offset against major works.