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Barnet Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time from start to moving day was 94 days for conveyancing in Barnet
  • 2 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while May was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Barnet
  • 3 Average time frame of 23 days for registration of title in Barnet
  • 4 59% freehold and 41% leasehold conveyancing in Barnet for this year to date
  • 5 116 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Barnet

Examples of recent conveyancing in Barnet since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Barnet

My fiance and I are hoping to acquire a house in Barnet and have instructed a Barnet conveyancing practice. Within the last couple of days our property lawyer has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through with the expectation that exchange is imminent. Santander have this afternoon contacted us to advise us that they have now hit a problem as our Barnet solicitor is not on their approved list of lawyers. What do we do from here?

When purchasing a property with mortgage finance it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also represent the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Your solicitor should contact your bank and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the lender’s conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Barnet solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it may delay matters as you have another set of people involved.

I am acquiring a house for cash in Barnet. I have resided for the previous 15 years in Barnet. Conveyancing searches are exorbitant. Given that I know the road and vicinity intimately must I have all the conveyancing searches?

In the absence of a home loan, then almost all of the Barnet conveyancing searches are at your discretion. Your solicitor will 'advise', perhaps strongly, that you should have searches done, but he has a professional duty to do this. Do bear in mind; if you are likely to sell the house in the future, it will be of interest to your prospective purchaser what the searches reveal. Sometimes properties with functional issues can still throw up unpredicted search results. A good conveyancing solicitor in Barnet should be able to give you some constructive advice concerning this.

What happens if my solicitor is suspended from the Yorkshire BS Solicitor panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Barnet?

The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit at a cost.

I acquired my flat on 4 March and the transaction details are still not registered. Any reason for this? My conveyancing solicitor in Barnet advises it should be recorded in a couple of weeks. Are titles in Barnet uniquely lengthy to register?

As far as conveyancing in Barnet is concerned, registration is no quicker or slower than anywhere else in the country. Rather than based on location, timeframes can vary according to the party submitting the application, whether there are errors and if the Land registry communicate with any 3rd parties. At present roughly 80% of such applications are fully addressed within two weeks but occasionally there can be extensive hold-ups. Registration occurs once the buyer has moved in to the premises so 'speed' is not always top priority but if it is urgent that the the registration takes place urgently then you or your solicitor can communicate with the Registry to express the reasoning for the application to be prioritised.

Frank (my husband) and I may need to let out our Barnet garden flat for a while due to taking a sabbatical. We used a Barnet conveyancing firm in 2003 but they have closed and we did not have the foresight to seek any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

Notwithstanding that your previous Barnet conveyancing lawyer is not available you can review your lease to see if it allows you to sublet the apartment. The accepted inference is that if the deeds are non-specific, subletting is allowed. Quite often there is a prerequisite that you must seek consent via your landlord or some other party prior to subletting. This means that you cannot sublet in the absence of prior consent. Such consent is not allowed to be unreasonably withheld. If your lease prohibits you from subletting the property you should ask your landlord for their consent.

I am the registered owner of a two-bedroom flat in Barnet. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the sum due for a lease extension?

Where there is a absentee freeholder or where there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant statutes you can apply to the LVT to assess the price payable.

An example of a Lease Extension case for a Barnet property is Flat 2 2 Netherfield Road in April 2010. The Tribunale held that premium payable for a 90 year extension to the existing Lease should be £7,705. This case related to 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 76 years.

We have been informed by various friends that it may take six to eight weeks for Barnet conveyancing to complete.This was a month ago. The paperwork was only sent from the vendors lawyer last week so now does it countdown?

No definitive time frame exists for conveyancing in Barnet. Conveyancing is subject to too much unpredictabilities. Barnet conveyancing searches alone may take some weeks before they are received.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Barnet

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Barnet with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Court proceedings for possession

  • Mhhp Law Llp, 64-66 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5SJ
  • Derrick Bridges & Co, 12 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4BQ
  • Boyes Sutton & Perry Solicitors Ltd, 20 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4BJ
  • Enfield Family Law Ltd, Unit 6 Beauchamp Court, 10 Victors Way, Barnet, Herts, EN5 5TZ
  • Frederick Rine Solicitors, Hadley House, 17 Park Road, High Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5RY

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Barnet regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Barnet with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Barnet. This will likely include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Mhhp Law Llp, 64-66 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5SJ
  • Derrick Bridges & Co, 12 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4BQ
  • Boyes Sutton & Perry Solicitors Ltd, 20 Wood Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 4BJ
  • Male & Wagland(inc Marks & Co), 69 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5UR
  • Mordi & Co, Ground Floor Rear, 143 High Street, Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN5 5UZ

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Barnet regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Barnet but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Horizon Law Limited, 214 High Street, EN5 5SZ
  • House Owners Conveyancers Limited, Dephina House, N3 2JU
  • House Owners Conveyancers Limited, 56 Windermere Avenue, N3 3RA
  • Home 2 Home Property Lawyers Limited, 32 Millais Gardens, HA8 5SY

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

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