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Reasons to use our Clerkenwell conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these organisations are often located hundreds of miles away with limited appreciation of the factors that affect property transactions in Clerkenwell
  • 2 Solicitors that specialise in conveyancing in Clerkenwell have a grasp oflocal concerns specific to Clerkenwell and therefore you may benefit from better guidance and speedier conveyancing.
  • 3 Retaining the services of a local Solicitor in the main results in a more personal touch. When using a an online conveyancing factory, your matter is handled by a team of people who check what is happening on the file by reading from their computer screens.
  • 4 Clerkenwell lawyer are the linchpin to a successful Clerkenwell home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your transaction
  • 5 No matter what any other lawyers say it just might be important to pop into your conveyancer to execute contracts. There are enough parties with an interest in a house sale without having to add Royal Mail into the mix.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Clerkenwell since November 2023*

Conveyance

of flat Leather Lane EC1N 7SQ, at a price of £500,000. Leasehold conveyancing investigations included: sending the transfer to the seller for signature in preparation for completion, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Conveyance

of apartment Bishops Square E1 6GH, sold for £775,000. Leasehold conveyancing work included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, setting up the completion formalities

Sale

of apartment Marylebone Road NW1 5PW, at buying price of £250,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: ordering official copies of the title, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Sale

of house property, Langdale Close, SE17 3UF completing on 24/11/2023 at a price of £580,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Clerkenwell

All was ready to move into my new home in Clerkenwell next Thursday. I have now been asked to send a copy of my building insurance schedule by my solicitor as as she informs me that she is duty bound to validate that it is in order for the lender. What does the insurance need to cover?

Any lawyer on acting for banks would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in a lender’s Part 2 instructions. These requirements are not limited to conveyancing in Clerkenwell.

I own a freehold residence in Clerkenwell yet invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in Clerkenwell and has limited impact for conveyancing in Clerkenwell 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 date back many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the creation of new rentcharges post 1977.

Previous rentcharges can now be redeemed by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 is to be dispensed with completely.

I require fast conveyancing in Clerkenwell as I am faced with a deadline to sign on the dotted line inside 3 weeks. A mortgage is not required. Is it possible to escape the need for conveyancing searches to save fees and time?

As you are not taking a mortgage you have the choice not to do searches although no solicitor would suggest that you don't. With plenty of history conveyancing in Clerkenwell the following are instances of issues that can be revealed and adversely impact future saleability: Refused Planning Applications, Overdue Charges, Outstanding Grants, Road Schemes,...

I have been on the look out for a ground for flat up to £195,000 and found one close by in Clerkenwell I like with amenity areas and station in the vicinity, however it's only got 52 years on the lease. There is not much else in Clerkenwell suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a lease with such few years left?

If you need a home loan that many years will be a potential deal breaker. Discount the price by the amount the lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current owner has owned the premises for a minimum of 2 years you may request that they commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. You can add 90 years to the current lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing solicitor concerning this.

I am employed by a reputable estate agent office in Clerkenwell where we have experienced a few flat sales jeopardised as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have received inconsistent advice from local Clerkenwell conveyancing firms. Could you shed some light as to whether the vendor of a flat can commence the lease extension process for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

Provided that the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to kick-start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the proposed purchaser need not have to sit tight for 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done prior to, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.

I am the proprietor of a second floor flat in Clerkenwell. Given that I can not reach agreement with the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the sum payable for a lease extension?

Where there is a absentee freeholder or where there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the LVT to judgment on the price.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Clerkenwell residence is Flat 89 Trinity Court Grays Inn Road in February 2013. the Tribunal found that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 to the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 should be £36,229. This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 66.8 years.

Are Clerkenwell conveyancing solicitors under an obligation to the Law Society to publish transparent conveyancing figures?

Contained within the Solicitors Code of Conduct are prescriptive rules and regulations as to how the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) allow solicitors to publicise their fees to clients.The Law Society have practice note giving advice on how to publicise transparent charges to avoid breaching any such rule. Practice notes are not legal advice issued by the Law Society and is not to be interpreted as the only standard of good practice a conveyancing solicitor should adhere to. The Practice Note does, nevertheless, represent the Law Society’s perspective of acceptable practice for publicising conveyancing charges, and accordingly it’s a recommended read for any solicitor or conveyancer in Clerkenwell or across England and Wales.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Clerkenwell

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Clerkenwell practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This will likely include advice on service charge disputes and the right to manage

  • Rooks Rider Solicitors Llp, Challoner House, 19-21 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0RR
  • Miller Rosenfalck Llp, 17-18 Aylesbury Street, London, EC1R 0DB
  • Akin Palmer Llp, 3 Angel Gate, 326 City Road, Islington, London, EC1V 2PT
  • Isc Lawyers Llp, 12 Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London, London, EC1V 2PT
  • Bevan Kidwell Llp, 113-117 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3BX

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Clerkenwell regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Clerkenwell with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Clerkenwell. This will likely include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Millbank Solicitors, 213 St John Street, London, London, EC1V 4LY
  • Batchford Solicitors, 401 Davina House, 137-149 Goswell Road, London, London, EC1V 7ET
  • Alan Taylor & Co, 14 Bowling Green Lane, London, EC1R 0BD
  • Rooks Rider Solicitors Llp, Challoner House, 19-21 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0RR
  • Miller Rosenfalck Llp, 17-18 Aylesbury Street, London, EC1R 0DB

Planning law solicitors in Clerkenwell regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Clerkenwell practicing in planning law. This will likely include advice on making sure people do what the planning regulations say
  • Rooks Rider Solicitors Llp, Challoner House, 19-21 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0RR
  • Miller Rosenfalck Llp, 17-18 Aylesbury Street, London, EC1R 0DB
  • Ashurst Llp, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2HA
  • Dentons Ukmea Llp, One Fleet Place, London, London, EC4M 7WS
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Llp, 65 Fleet Street, London, London, EC4Y 1HS

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

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