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Reasons to use our Covent Garden conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Experience means that Covent Garden lawyer have developed excellent connections with Covent Garden local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and house builders enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of handling your conveyancing in Covent Garden.
  • 2 Solicitors accustomed to conveyancing in Covent Garden regularly deal withlocal concerns specific to Covent Garden and therefore you may benefit from better advice and faster conveyancing.
  • 3 Covent Garden solicitors have a crucial edge when it comes to Covent Garden conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that will affect your home move
  • 4 Using a local Solicitor usually results in a more personal touch. Sometimes when dealing with a an online conveyancing factory, your transaction is handled by a team of people who check what is happening on the file by reading from their computer screens.
  • 5 Personal touch and a wealth of expertise are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Covent Garden property deals can become significantly more complicated due to poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers we work with strive to make sure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments instantly.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Covent Garden since October 2021*

Acquisition

of flat Green Walk SE1 4TX, acquired for £850,000. Leasehold conveyancing legalities included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, obtaining official copies of the title, preparing statement detailing charges

Purchase

of flat Rawreth Walk N1 8TN, sold for £473,280. Leasehold conveyancing legalities included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, obtaining official copies of the title

Acquisition

of flat Langdale Close SE17 3UF, purchased for £426,000. Leasehold conveyancing investigations included: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Sale

of semi-detached premises, Hackford Road, SW9 0RE completing on 15/10/2021 at a price of £1,225,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, securing official copies of the title, setting up the completion formalities

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Covent Garden

When it comes to mortgage companies such as Coventry BS, do Covent Garden lawyers have to pay a yearly amount to be on the conveyancing panel?

We are not aware of any mortgage company fees to be on their list of approved firms, although some do charge an administration fee to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel submission.

Does a directory service exist listing Coventry BS panel solicitors in Covent Garden on the Building Society Association’s Website?

Unfortunately not yet. There is no such facility on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association sites. Very few banks make their panel listings open the public on the web. Where you are seeking to appoint a Covent Garden conveyancer on the Coventry BS please make the most of our facility.

Virgin Money have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on a property in Covent Garden has been accepted, what happens next?

Your estate agent will need to be advised as to your conveyancing practitioner's details (ensure that the conveyancers are on the bank’s approved list). Telephone Virgin Money or your financial adviser and finalise any outstanding forms. Virgin Money will appoint a valuer who will get in touch with the selling agent or seller to arrange an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes about ten days to receive the mortgage offer. Virgin Money will send the offer to you and your lawyers. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Covent Garden.

A relative recommended that where I am buying in Covent Garden I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?

A search of this type is sometimes included in the estimate for your Covent Garden conveyancing searches. It is not a small document of more than thirty pages, listing and detailing important information about Covent Garden around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Covent Garden Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Local Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information about Covent Garden.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up as part of conveyancing in Covent Garden?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Covent Garden. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

How does conveyancing in Covent Garden differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build residence in Covent Garden contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is built. This is because developers in Covent Garden tend to acquire 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 property lawyers 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 Covent Garden or who has acted in the same development.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a property I have offered on a fortnight ago in what was supposed to be a straight forward, no chain conveyancing. Covent Garden is where the house is located. Can you offer any opinion?

Flying freeholds in Covent Garden are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Covent Garden you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Covent Garden may ascertain 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 premises.

Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Covent Garden from the point of view of expediting the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Covent Garden can be avoided where you instruct lawyers the minute your agents start marketing the property and request that they start to collate the leasehold documentation which will be required by the purchasers’ representatives.
  • A minority of Covent Garden leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this applies to your lease, you should notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers put in hand financial (bank) and professional references. The bank reference should make it clear that the buyer is financially capable of paying the annual service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the service charge figures so that they can pass this information on to the purchasers or their solicitors. In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s approval? In particular have you laid down wooden flooring? Covent Garden leases often stipulate that internal structural changes or addition of wooden flooring calls for a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Should you fail to have the consents to hand do not contact the landlord without contacting your lawyer before hand. Many landlords or managing agents in Covent Garden charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold property. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management information can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus accelerating the process. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common cause of delay in leasehold conveyancing in Covent Garden.

After years of negotiations we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Covent Garden. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

Absolutely. We can put you in touch with a Covent Garden conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Covent Garden residence is 20 Avonwick Road in July 2013. The Tribunal was dealing with an application under Section 26 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 for a determination of the freehold value of the property. It was concluded that the price to be paid was Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy (£15,970) divided as to £8,200 for Flat 20 and £7,770 for Flat 20A This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term was 73.26 years.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Covent Garden regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Covent Garden with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Covent Garden. This could include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Redfern Legal Llp, 7 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, London, WC2E 8PS
  • Redfern Law Limited, 7 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8PS
  • Mark Eisenthal & Co, 44 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BD
  • Kumari Palany & Co (london), 90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9RZ
  • Clintons, 55 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5RZ

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Covent Garden regulated by the CLC

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Covent Garden but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Sutherland House, W1F 7TE
  • Walter Saunders, 382 Brockley Road, SE4 2BY
  • R & C Property Lawyers Llp, 10A Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG
  • T J Ball & Company, 49 Leytonstone Road, E15 1JA

Planning law solicitors in Covent Garden regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The practices listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Covent Garden practicing in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including compulsory purchases in Covent Garden
  • Gordon Dadds Llp, 6 Agar Street, London, Greater London, WC2N 4HN
  • Thomas And Thomas Partners Llp, 38a Monmouth Street, London, London, WC2H 9EP
  • Alun Thomas Limited, 38a Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9EP
  • Mackrell Turner Garrett, Savoy Hill House, Savoy Hill, London, London, WC2R 0BU
  • Fladgate Llp, 16 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DG

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

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