If you have just had an offer accepted on the house of your dreams or have decided to move because you want more space or to downsize, you will need the help of a conveyancer to ensure everything goes smoothly and that legal ownership of the property is transferred into or out of your name.
You will also need the help of a conveyancer if you want to remortgage your home, transfer a share in it to someone else or if there are any issues you need to resolve relating to boundaries, ownership rights, access or the permitted use of your property.
Our conveyancing solicitors in Kent and South East England have decades of experience helping people to successfully navigate all types of residential property transactions. We can give you confidence that every detail has been taken care of and that there won’t be any nasty hidden surprises once the deal is done.
We recognise the value of good communication during the conveyancing process, so will always be available to answer your questions in person, over the phone, by email or via Skype. That way, you can always stay on top of how your conveyancing is going and will never be left in the dark about any issues you are concerned about.
How we can help you with your residential conveyancing
Our conveyancing lawyers in Kent provide a fast yet thorough service at a very competitive rate for all your conveyancing needs, including:
- Sale or purchase of a house or flat
- Sale or purchase of a share in a property under a shared ownership scheme
- Purchase of a property under a Help to Buy or Right to Buy initiative
- Leasing of a flat
- Applications to extend a lease, including via rights of leasehold enfranchisement;
- Sale or purchase of property at auction
- Purchase of new build property or any type of conversion
- Applications to register your ownership of a property with the Land Registry
- Applications to register your rights to claim ownership of a property through adverse possession
- Ascertaining the boundaries of your property
- Ascertaining rights of access
- Removing redundant restrictions affecting your use and enjoyment of your property
- Remortgaging arrangements
- Transfer of equity in your home
Our conveyancing fees
We are happy to provide a no obligation estimate upon request or you can find our conveyancing fees here.
Your Conveyancing Questions Answered
How long does conveyancing take?
This depends on the circumstances, but most conveyancing transactions can be completed in around 4-12 weeks.
There are various issues that can delay the conveyancing process, such as if an issue is discovered with the property during a building survey or local property searches that then needs to be accounted for by renegotiating the sale price or amending the contacts of sale.
What checks do conveyancing solicitors carry out?
We carry out a number of standard checks during the conveyancing process, including:
Local Authority Searches – Checking for issues such as whether a property is listed or in a conservation area, as well as issues such as if there are proposals for any new developments or roads in the area.
Water and Property Searches – Confirming who is responsible for sewers, drains and piping in the area, how close any public sewers are and whether they run under the property boundaries.
Environmental Searches – To uncover whether any previous use of the land might create potential environmental risks, including subsidence and land contamination, as well as any risk of flooding from nearby rivers and other bodies of water.
Can you pull out of buying or selling a house during conveyancing?
The sale of a property only becomes legally binding once exchange of contracts has taken place. Up until this point either the buyer or the seller can pull out of the deal if they feel the need to do so.
Why choose Stephens & Son for your conveyancing?
Our Residential Property team is headed by Partner Karen du Rocher, a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience dealing with residential and commercial property. Karen is also a notary public with strong expertise in buying and selling property abroad.
Karen is supported by a number of talented colleagues, including Graham Beach, Harish Tekchandani, Abraham Khan, Hannah Mooney and Sally Oatridge who offer decades of expertise across all areas of residential property law.
We are accredited by the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) in recognition of the high quality of our residential property services.