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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Whitstable

We were about to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Whitstable recommended by you but stumbled across some other costs illustrations on the internet appear cheaper – why is this?

You can find lots of solicitors advertising what appear to be very low prices. We suggest that you think twice about how much you respect your own move to you are willing to be penny wise pound foolish with regard to the standard of the conveyancing. Many of them highlight a budget quote to grab your attention but plant extra costs in the small print..

The Whitstable conveyancing solicitors that I recently instructed on my purchase in Whitstable have without warning shut down. I chose them because I needed a lawyer on the TSB conveyancing panel and my previous Whitstable lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take one hundred and fifty pounds for searches. What do I do now?

Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the TSB conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new lawyers may be able to assist.

Just bought a detached house in Whitstable , What is the estimated time for the Land Registry to record my title? My Whitstable conveyancing solicitor has been very slow, so I want to be sure that my ownership is registered.

As far as conveyancing in Whitstable registration is no quicker or slower than anywhere else in England and Wales. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timescales can vary depending on the party submitting the application, whether there are errors and if the Land registry have to notify any other parties. At present roughly 80% of such applications are fully addressed in less than three weeks but occasionally there can be extensive delays. Registration is effected once the buyer is living at the premises thus an expedited registration is not usually an essential issue but if there is a degree of urgency associated with the registration then you or your conveyancer should contact the land registry and explain the circumstances.

There are only Seventy years unexpired on my flat in Whitstable. I need to get lease extension but my freeholder is absent. What should I do?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be lengthened by the Court. However, you will be required to prove that you or your lawyers have used your best endeavours to locate the landlord. In some cases an enquiry agent would be helpful to conduct investigations and prepare an expert document which can be used as evidence that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor in relation to proving the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court overseeing Whitstable.

I invested in buying a garden flat in Whitstable, conveyancing was carried out 7 years ago. How much will my lease extension cost? Corresponding flats in Whitstable with over 90 years remaining are worth £181,000. The ground rent is £55 invoiced every year. The lease ends on 21st October 2070

With 51 years unexpired the likely cost is going to range between £30,400 and £35,200 plus legals.

The figure above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to advice on a more accurate figure without more detailed investigations. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other issues that need to be considered and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

If instructed can a conveyancer remove a name from the title of my property in Whitstable ?

Subtracting or adding someone to the title of your property is relatively straightforward. You’ll need to appoint a lawyer to discuss your legal rights before you can proceed with a transfer of property. Contact us to book a free consultation with one a property lawyer

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