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Top 5 reasons to use our service to help you choose a local conveyancing solicitor in Alton

  • 1 We are the UKs most comprehensive domestic conveyancing directory service identifying mortgage company approved property lawyers carrying out conveyancing in Alton regulated and authorised by the SRA or Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
  • 2 Personal touch together with pure property expertise are key benefits that you should look for when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Alton property deals can be made a lot more complicated because of lack of transparency between all the parties. The lawyers listed ensure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments instantly.
  • 3 Solicitor conveyancing solicitors have valuable personal connections with Alton selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 4 The Alton conveyancing practitioners that are listed are dedicated to supplying value for money, efficient and transparent conveyancing service to home buyers, sellers and investors in Alton
  • 5 Alton conveyancing lawyers are likely to be familiar with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents

Examples of recent conveyancing in Alton since June 2022*

Sale

of detached residence premises, Beechwood Road, GU34 1RP completing on 22/06/2022 at a price of £425,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: securing official copies of the title, agreeing completion date with parties, preparing statement detailing charges

Sale

of house premises, Queens Road, GU34 1JG completing on 24/06/2022 at a price of £465,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, sending title deeds and signed transfer to buyer’s solicitor

Disposal

of semi premises, Ackender Road, GU34 1JT completing on 01/07/2022 at a price of £365,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client

Disposal

of flat Ackender Road GU34 1JW, at buying consideration of £229,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the seller for execution in readiness for completion, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Alton

Can the conveyancing lawyers listed on your site conduct auction conveyancing in Alton?

There are a few niche lawyers we can put you in touch with those specialising in auction conveyancing. Alton is one of our areas of where our lawyers have a presence.

I am the sole recipient of my late father’s estate and I have everything in my name now, including the my former home in Alton. Conveyancing formalities meant that the Land Registry date was in August. I plan to dispose of the house. I do know about the CML six month 'rule', which means that my property ownership may be considered the same way as though I had purchased the house in August. Will no one buy the property for half a year?

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ handbook mandates conveyancers to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." Technically you may be affected by that. How sensible a view lenders take of it, depend on the bank as this provision is chiefly there to identify subsales or the wholesaling and assigning of property.

After much negotiation I have agreed a price on an apartment in Alton. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers. I paid an on account payment of £175. Soon after, the conveyancer called me to say that they were not on the Aldermore conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Aldermore panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

My offer was accepted on an apartment in Alton on 29/7/2022, valuation was booked 2 days after, received a clean bill of health. Conveyancer appointed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Co-operative and chasing them on my offer, I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Co-operative conveyancing panel. Are Co-operative entitled to hold back the Mortgage pending the lawyer being on the approved list?

A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Co-operative to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Co-operative conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

How does conveyancing in Alton differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Alton come to us having been asked by the housebuilder to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is completed. This is because house builders in Alton usually purchase the real estate, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Alton or who has acted in the same development.

My partner has encouraged me to instruct his lawyers for conveyancing in Alton. Do I follow his advice?

Much as we are happy to recommend a Alton conveyancing lawyer the ideal way to select a conveyancing solicitor is to get recommendations from friends or relatives who have actually experience in using the firm that you are considering.

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Alton. Before diving in I would like to find out the remaining lease term.

Assuming the lease is registered - and almost all are in Alton - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title. For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

Alton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries before buying

    What prohibitions exist in the Alton Lease? The answer will be important as a) areas can result in problems in the building as the common areas may begin to deteriorate where maintenance remain unpaid b) if the tenants have an issue with the running of the building you will wish to have full disclosure In the main the cost for major works tend not to be included within maintenance charges, albeit that a few managing agents in Alton require tenants to pay into a reserve fund and this is used to offset against larger repairs or maintenance.

My mortgage broker has suggested using their lawyer for the conveyancing in Alton - won’t it be easier to just instruct them?

This is not necessarily the case and you are entitled to instruct whichever conveyancing practitioner you decide for your Alton home move. The conveyancer suggested by a 3rd party adviser may not necessarily be the right lawyer, they may recommend their own conveyancing firm who are based far away. In this instance you may not have contact with your lawyer and due to the lack of continuity in the transaction, it may be difficult to obtain updates.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Alton regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Alton with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Alton. This may include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Downie & Gadban, 100 High Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1ER
  • Bookers & Bolton, 6 High Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1BT
  • Painsmith Solicitors Limited, 1 Mansfield Business Park, Lymington Bottom Road, Medstead, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 5PZ
  • Gellhorns, 12 Chalet Hill, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0TQ

Residential conveyancing in Alton almost always entails the following:

  • Conveyancing practitioner instructed by the buyer on acceptance of the offer
  • Checking the title to the premises
  • Ordering Alton searches for the property
  • Reviewing draft contract and other documentation supplied by the seller’s conveyancer
  • Submitting questions with the owner’s conveyancer
  • Negotiating the purchase contract
  • Examining replies prepared by the owner to pre-exchange enquiries
  • Negotiating a Transfer document
  • Advising the purchasing in respect of the mortgage offer: (if relevant)
  • Drawing up and sending the purchaser a report on title (that is; a breakdown of all findings on the property)
  • Carrying out the key stage of exchanging contracts and then completion of the purchase
  • Completion of and submitting to HMRC the correct stamp duty forms and payment
  • Registering the transfer of ownership and the mortgage (where applicable) at the HM Land Registry.

Alton commercial property solicitors provide expert offering advice on numerous issues across all aspects of commercial property law

    Options and guarantees Property finance for investment and development loans for lenders and borrowers Factories, warehouses, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, clubs and pubs, nurseries and care homes Commercial development (from overage and options through to site acquisitions and construction) Property finance transactions, including disposal and leaseback

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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