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Amersham Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Amersham is 32% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 2 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £540
  • 3 Average time from start to moving day was 33 days for conveyancing in Amersham
  • 4 was the busiest month and was the next busiest month while was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Amersham
  • 5 Median Service Charge Retention of £300.00

Examples of recent conveyancing in Amersham since January 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Amersham

Do the conveyancing practitioners that are recommend conduct auction conveyancing in Amersham?

There are a number of auction practitioners we can connect you with those specialising in auction conveyancing. Amersham is just one of hundreds of areas of in which our lawyers are based.

I own a freehold residence in Amersham but nevertheless invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?

It is rare for properties in Amersham and has limited impact for conveyancing in Amersham but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the creation of new rentcharges post 1977.

Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence post 2037 is to be extinguished.

I am about to put a bid on a leasehold property in Amersham. The selling agents tell me that it is the norm for flats in Amersham to have less than 75 years left on the lease. I am getting a mortgage with The Mortgage Works. Is this going to be acceptable if the lease has Seventy One years unexpired.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. The Mortgage Works have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 17/4/2021 the requirements read as follows :

Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Originations):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Originations):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years

What does commercial conveyancing in Amersham cover?

Amersham conveyancing for business premises covers a wide range of advice, offered by qualified solicitors, relating to business property. For instance, this type of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more commonly, the transfer of existing business tenancies or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial mortgages and the termination of leases.

I need to find a conveyancing solicitor for leasehold conveyancing in Amersham. I happened to chance upon a web site which appears to be the ideal solution If there is a chance to get all formalities done via email that would be preferable. Do I need to be concerned? What should out be looking out for?

As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?

I have been searching for Amersham competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be sure that all the Amersham firms that are identified on your directory are on the mortgage company conveyancing panel?

The solicitor and licensed conveyancing practices on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the bank panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the bank panel. To date we have not been informed by either a lender or a member of the public that the data about a specific Amersham firm being on the lender conveyancing panel is not accurate.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Amersham

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Amersham with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This will likely include advice on Service charge disputes

  • C Z Goodwin, 17 Elm Close, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5DD
  • Coyle White Devine Limited, Boughton Business Park, Bell Lane, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 6GL
  • Plainlaw Llp, Acers, Doggetts Wood Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4TH
  • Lennons Solicitors Limited, Chess Chambers, 2 Broadway Court, High Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1EG
  • Bps Solicitors, 85 High Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1DE

Planning law solicitors in Amersham regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The practices listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Amersham specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including development on contaminated land
  • Bps Solicitors, 85 High Street, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, HP5 1DE

Amersham commercial property solicitors provide expert offering advice on numerous aspects of commercial property law

    Subletting, licences and sharing occupation Property realisations and advice for insolvency practitioners Property due diligence in connection with corporate acquisitions and disposals Lease renewals and variations Land use planning and environmental issues Commercial development (from overage and options through to site acquisitions and construction)

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

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