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If you have reached us by Googling ‘Conveyancing in Bedford’ follow your intuition — you will have a better house move where you instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Bedford.

Reasons to use our Bedford conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Bedford lawyers have a significant edge when it comes to Bedford conveyancing as they have valuable local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that will impact your home move
  • 2 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Bedford is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) often falls short of the level of professionalism you would hope for.
  • 3 Conveyancer conveyancing lawyers have excellent personal links with Bedford selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 4 Bedford property lawyers work in partnership with Bedford estate agents, house builders, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to make sure that the highest level of service is provided to buyers and sellers every step of the way, with the intention of reducing administrative burdens and transaction times
  • 5 Retaining the services of a a family Solicitor usually means that you will receive a more personal touch. When using a large conveyancing firm, your matter is dealt with by a team of people who who update you by reading from their computer screens.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bedford since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bedford

We are a couple about to sign contracts for a leasehold flat in Bedford. We encountered a problem. The mortgage offer with Halifax runs out on 8/8/2024 but the vendors are putting forward a completion date of 12/8/2024. Is it possible to extend the mortgage expiry date?

The best person to address this issue is your solicitors who should determine if he or she is better off negotiating with the bank, owner’s solicitors, estate agents or possibly all parties taking into account the circumstances your conveyancing to date.

Me and my partner are purchasing a flat in Bedford. I might seem paranoid but how we can trust a lawyer? On completion day we have to send money into their account. What is the protection we have from them run away with our money?

Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.

When it comes to lenders such as UBS, do Bedford solicitors incur a fee to be on the list of approved solicitors?

We are unaware of any lender fees to be on their list of approved firms, although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel submission.

The formalities of my purchase has taken place for my property in Bedford. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about the lender. Who do I contact should I wish to lodge a complaint?

All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Care Team at head office. Ordinarily complaints to a lender are resolved very quickly. If you feel the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service who will take matters further.

I have been told that property searches are the primary cause of hinderance in Bedford conveyancing transactions. Is this right?

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) published conclusions of a review by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not feature amongst the top 10 causes of hindrances in the conveyancing process. Searches are unlikely to feature in any holding up conveyancing in Bedford.

How does conveyancing in Bedford differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Bedford approach us having been asked by the builder to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is finished. This is because developers in Bedford typically buy 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 conveyancing solicitors 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 Bedford or who has acted in the same development.

What are the frequently found problems that you encounter in leases for Bedford properties?

Leasehold conveyancing in Bedford is not unique. Most leases are unique and drafting errors can sometimes mean that certain provisions are wrong. The following missing provisions could result in a defective lease:

    Clauses dealing with recovering service charges for expenditure on the building or common parts. A duty to insure the building

You could have difficulties when selling your property if you have a defective lease as they can affect a potential buyer’s ability to obtain a mortgage. Yorkshire Building Society, Chelsea Building Society, and Clydesdale all have very detailed requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is problematic they may refuse to provide security, forcing the buyer to pull out.

Bedford Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    How long is the Lease? Are there any major works in the planning that will add a premium to the maintenance fees? What is the name of the managing agents?

Why is it not possible to complete my conveyancing in Bedford on a public holiday?

This is due to the fact that on completion the money will be transferred electronically between the banks of the buyer and seller's conveyancer and at present this can only happen on a working day. So you can't complete on a weekend either.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bedford regulated by the SRA

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

  • Sharman Law Llp, 1 Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1PF
  • Hcb Park Woodfine Llp, 1 Lurke Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3TN
  • Deo Volente Legal Llp, Mayfair House, 11 Lurke Street, Bedford, Mk40 3hz, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3HZ
  • Ciampa Solicitors, 26 St. Marys Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 0AS
  • Cowley Di Giorgio, 63 Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2SR

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bedford regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bedford with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Bedford. This should include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Sharman Law Llp, 1 Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1PF
  • Hcb Park Woodfine Llp, 1 Lurke Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3TN
  • Deo Volente Legal Llp, Mayfair House, 11 Lurke Street, Bedford, Mk40 3hz, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3HZ
  • Ciampa Solicitors, 26 St. Marys Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 0AS
  • Cowley Di Giorgio, 63 Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2SR

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Bedford regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Bedford but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Goodwills Legal Services Ltd , Premier House, MK40 3HU
  • Right Choice Conveyancing Ltd, Bedford i-lab, Priory Business Park, MK44 3RZ
  • Bedfordshire Property Lawyers Limited, 4 Stephenson Court, Fraser Road, MK44 3WJ

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