Conveyancing Solicitors in Beckenham

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Conveyancing in Beckenham

The conveyancing process ensures the legal transfer of property from the seller to the buyer. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Beckenham, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have years of experience helping homemovers in Beckenham and throughout Bromley handle their sale, purchase, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Beckenham Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Beckenham

A town in Greater London, Beckenham is known for its mix of city convenience and village charm. With numerous parks and a variety of independent shops, it's great for families. Beckenham has a population of approximately 82,000.

Beckenham house prices

The average price paid for a property in Beckenham between March and April 2024 was £281,373 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Beckenham (2023/24)

Beckenham is in London Borough of Bromley.

Band Amount
A £1,228.13
B £1,432.81
C £1,637.50
D £1,842.19
E £2,251.57
F £2,660.94
G £3,070.32
H £3,684.38

What does a Beckenham property lawyer do?

During a property purchase, a conveyancer will take care of the technical side of transferring ownership from the seller to the buyer. They will raise questions for the seller's solicitor, order searches, review contracts and complete any post-sale actions, like paying SDLT and HMLR registration.

Beckenham conveyancing solicitors would also undertake checks for issues related to flats, such as spiralling ground rents.

Purchasing a property with a mortgage?

When planning to buy with a mortgage, it is a requirement for your solicitor to also act for the bank arranging your mortgage.

Your transaction could take significantly longer to complete if your property lawyer is not on your chosen mortgage provider's panel.

Over 100 lenders have approved our chosen panel lawyers, so we can help you complete your Beckenham transaction smoothly.

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Conservation area

When you purchase a property in a Beckenham conservation area, your conveyancing solicitor will check for planning approval issues, e.g. lack of conservation area consent for alterations, and obligations towards property maintenance.

Conservation areas in Beckenham and the Bromley local authority include:

  • Chancery Lane, Beckenham
  • Orpington Priory
  • Sundridge Avenue
  • Hayes Village

Listed buildings

Somewhere in the region of half a million listed buildings exist in England and Wales, and around 420 of which are in London Borough of Bromley.

Listed buildings in and near to Beckenham include:

  • Church Of St Paul, Brackley Road, Beckenham, Bromley, Greater London Authority
  • 71A, Wickham Road, Beckenham, Bromley, Greater London Authority
  • Harefield, 14 Anerley Hill Se19 Anerley, Beckenham, Bromley, Greater London Authority
  • Burrell Cottage, 73 Wickham Road, Beckenham, Bromley, Bromley, Greater London Authority
  • 72 Wickham Road, Beckenham, Bromley, Bromley, Greater London Authority

Listed properties can be a joy to own, but they come with their share of complexities. Our expert solicitor panel will clarify the legal duties your ownership will impose. Examples include a duty to maintain the exterior appearance, and consent for any alterations that might change the character of the property.

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Shared Ownership Conveyancing

Shared ownership means buying only a part (or share) in a property. Shared ownership conveyancing is more involved. This is because contracts are more complicated, and housing associations work to tight deadlines.

Whether you are buying a shared ownership property or staircasing, our panel solicitors will walk you through every step of the process.

Leasehold flats

Buying a leasehold flat in the UK is significantly more complex than buying a freehold property. The many potential problems lying in wait for an uninformed buyer can include legally technical issues like sinking fund issues and onerous covenants.

A leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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Selling a property in Beckenham

When you begin the process to sell a property in Beckenham, the solicitor will first arrange all the necessary documentation, including title deeds and ID forms, and help you fill out these forms.

The role of a conveyancer acting for the seller includes responding to the buyer's solicitor's questions and handling obstacles like lack of consent for alterations.

By taking steps to coordinate with both sides, including estate agents, landlords and lenders, your lawyer will ensure the sale completes without delay.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The conveyancing for selling a leasehold property can be seriously delayed.

The buyer's solicitor will want to see this leasehold-related paperwork, including a copy of buildings insurance for the common parts of the property. The time it takes your lawyer to gather this paperwork is the common cause of such delays.

The seller's solicitor should commence this even before a sale has been agreed, because these details could take several weeks to collect if the managing agent or landlord is slow or difficult to contact.

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Remortgage conveyancing

The official base rate is 5.25% (15 July, 2024)

It's a good idea to verify your remortgage solicitor's lender panel status before you instruct your solicitor.

We work with remortgage solicitors who are members of all major lenders' panels, so whether you are switching to a 2-year fixed rate from Metro Bank or taking out a buy to let mortgage from Atom Bank, we can help you.

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Transfer of equity

Whether you are buying out an ex-spouse after a divorce, gifting a share of a property or estate planning, you'll need the help of a transfer of equity expert.

Your legal representative will deal with the legal work for a fixed fee.

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How much should I budget for conveyancing in Beckenham?

Conveyancing solicitors fees

These fees are what your conveyancer charges you for the work they carry out. Your solicitor's quote will set out the legal fees (inc. VAT) that you pay when the property transaction is complete.

Disbursements (costs payable to third parties)

The quote will include necessary third-party costs, called disbursements, such as Stamp Duty, property searches and a pre-completion search.

Check the quote for hidden costs

Some firms include extra costs in the small print. This can lead to a total cost that's much higher than the initial quote. If you are comparing quotes, double-check for additional fees or charges.

Article by Completely Moved authors

The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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