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Barnstaple Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Percentage of cases in Barnstaple that are buy to let is 9%
  • 2 Average time frame of 42 days for registration of title in Barnstaple
  • 3 86% freehold and 14% leasehold conveyancing in Barnstaple for this year to date
  • 4 968 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Barnstaple
  • 5 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270

Examples of recent conveyancing in Barnstaple since April 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Barnstaple

Do the conveyancing solicitors to be found on your site conduct auction conveyancing in Barnstaple?

There are a number of auction practitioners we can put you in touch with those conducting auction conveyancing. Barnstaple is one of our areas of in which our lawyers have a presence.

A colleague informed me that in purchasing a property in Barnstaple there may be various restrictions preventing external alterations to the property. Is this right?

There are a number of properties in Barnstaple which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to perform external alterations. Part of the conveyancing in Barnstaple should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.

Is it correct that all Barnstaple CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors are on the Co-operative conveyancing panel?

A selection of banks and building societies now use CQS as the kick off point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. CQS membership however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.

We had instructed conveyancers with offices in Barnstaple on the Yorkshire BS solicitor approved list. They are now charging me a supplemental fee for dealing with the Yorkshire BS mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee specified by Yorkshire BS?

As unfair as it may seem, as long as it’s in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your conveyancer can levy a fee for this. This charge is not set by Yorkshire BS but by your Barnstaple property lawyer. Numerous firms on the Yorkshire BS panel will quote ’dealing with mortgage’ fee and others do not.

My colleague advised me that if I am purchasing in Barnstaple I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?

This is a search is sometimes included in the estimate for your Barnstaple conveyancing searches. It is not a small report of about 40 pages, listing and detailing important information about Barnstaple around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Barnstaple Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Barnstaple Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data regarding Barnstaple.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on two weeks back in what should have been a simple, no chain conveyancing. Barnstaple is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Barnstaple are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Barnstaple you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds thoroughly. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Barnstaple may determine that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.

Am I best advised to use a Barnstaple conveyancing lawyer in close proximity to the house I am buying? An old friend can handle the conveyancing however her office is over three hundred kilometers drive away.

The benefit of a local Barnstaple conveyancing firm is that you can drop in to execute documents, deliver your identification documents and pester them where appropriate. Having local Barnstaple know how is a benefit. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If other friends have used your friend and on the whole were content that must trump using an unknown Barnstaple conveyancing lawyer just because they are local.

My wife and I purchased a leasehold flat in Barnstaple. Conveyancing and Britannia mortgage organised. I have received a letter from someone claiming to own the reversionary interest in the property. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing solicitor in Barnstaple who previously acted has long since retired. What should I do?

First contact the Land Registry to be sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is in fact the new freeholder. It is not necessary to instruct a Barnstaple conveyancing practitioner to do this as it can be done on-line for a few pound. Rest assured that in any event, even if this is the rightful freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Barnstaple - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    The answer will be important as a) areas may cause problems for the building as the communal areas may begin to deteriorate where repairs are not paid for b) if the leaseholders have an issue with the running of the building you will want to know about it Be sure to enquire if the the lease includes any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. By way of example it is reasonably common in Barnstaple leases that pets are not allowed in in a block in Barnstaple. If you like the apartmentin Barnstaple but your dog can’t move with you then you will be presented with a hard compromise. You should be aware that where the lease has no more than eighty years it will affect the value of the property. Check with your mortgage company that they are willing to to proceed given the lease term. A short lease means that you will almost definitely require a lease extension at some point and you need to have some idea of how much this would cost. For most Barnstaplelease extensions you will be be obliged to have been the owner of the residence for two years before you are entitled to extend the lease.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Barnstaple regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Barnstaple but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors Llp, 1 The Square, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8LS
  • Slee Blackwell Solicitors Llp, 10 Cross Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1BA
  • Samuels, 18 Alexandra Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8BA
  • Toller Beattie Llp, Devonshire House, Riverside Road, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1QN
  • Taylors Solicitors, 4 The Square, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2JD

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Barnstaple regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Barnstaple practicing in commercial conveyancing in Barnstaple. This may include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Brewer Harding & Rowe Solicitors Llp, 1 The Square, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8LS
  • Slee Blackwell Solicitors Llp, 10 Cross Street, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1BA
  • Samuels, 18 Alexandra Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8BA
  • Toller Beattie Llp, Devonshire House, Riverside Road, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1QN
  • Taylors Solicitors, 4 The Square, Braunton, Devon, EX33 2JD

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Barnstaple?

Licensed Conveyancers deal with the transfer of the legal title of a property from one person to another and cover conveyancing countrywide as well as Barnstaple. If using a Licensed Conveyancer regulated by the CLC, you should:
  • Receive an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a high standard of legal services.
  • Have your transaction dealt with using care, skill and legal know-how.
  • Have a high standard of service due to your lawyer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Be provided with a service which is accessible and responsive to your specific requirements.
  • You should not consider yourself discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • Not receive a service which is below the level you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Ensure your individual needs taken into account should a complaint be made.
  • Receive a timeous, objective and comprehensive service if making a complaint about your conveyancing in Barnstaple about your conveyancing in Barnstaple.

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