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Cheap conveyancing in Durham does not necessarily mean low quality - but the odds are stacked against you

5 reasons to let us assist you find a local conveyancing solicitor in Durham

  • 1 Over the years Durham conveyancer have developed valuable connections with Durham local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and house builders enabling them to liaise at speed with all concerned in the process of dealing with your conveyancing in Durham.
  • 2 Property lawyer conveyancing firms have excellent personal links with Durham selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 3 Durham lawyers work in partnership with Durham estate agents, property finders, surveyors, lenders and other professionals to make sure that the highest level of service is offered to home movers every step of the way, to ensure you’re kept informed as to progress throughout
  • 4 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these organisations are often based many miles away with limited appreciation of the factors that impact property transactions in Durham
  • 5 Durham property lawyer are the key to a successful Durham conveyancing experience, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your move

Examples of recent conveyancing in Durham since January 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Durham

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer in Durham is not identified on my lender's solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of her work?

It would be unwise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator revealed 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 5 reasons are as follows: (1) low volume of transactions (2) the solicitor is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Should you be concerned you should simply call the Durham conveyancing firm and enquire why they are no longer on the approved list for your lender.

Due to the input of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Durham prior to appointing lawyers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold element to the house. Our surveyor advised that some lenders will not give a mortgage on such a house.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Santander has different instructions from Halifax. Should you wish to telephone us we can check via the appropriate lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Durham. Conveyancing may be slightly more expensive based on your lender's requirements.

I'm refinancing my existing home to a BTL mortgage with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and I will use the ballance of the raised equity towards a second property. The area we are talking about is Durham. Will your solicitors be able to act for both sets of lenders and link together the conveyances?

Make use of our comparison tool on this page to ensure that the solicitors are approved by both mortgage companies. Assuming that they are your solicitor will be able to connect the two conveyancing matters but you should talk with you conveyancer and make apparent your desired outcome and requirements.

I need to instruct a conveyancing lawyer in Durham for my remortgage. Is it possible to check a solicitor's record with the legal regulator?

Members of the public may find documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations stemming from investigations commenced on or after Jan 2008. Visit Check a solicitor's record. To find details about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a firm's record, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator sometimes monitor telephone calls for training requirements.

I am employed by a busy estate agent office in Durham where we see a few leasehold sales jeopardised due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have received conflicting advice from local Durham conveyancing solicitors. Could you confirm whether the seller of a flat can commence the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to commence the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the buyer 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 before, or simultaneously with completion of the sale.

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 buyer.

Durham Leasehold Conveyancing - Examples of Queries before Purchasing

    Is anyone aware of any major works in the planning that will add a premium to the maintenance costs? For many Durham leaseholds the outlay for major works are not included within maintenance charges, although a few managing agents in Durham require leasehold owners to pay into a reserve fund created for the specific intention of building a fund for larger works.

What is the reason for new build conveyancing in Durham being more expensive?

Buying a brand new premises is significantly different from the normal house purchase conveyancing in Durham. For a start sellers usually need contracts to exchange very quickly, so there is a lot of pressure on your solicitor to ensure all is in order. Furthermore new build properties often necessitate examination of adoption of highways, drains, planning considerations, building warranties or architects certificates. Bank obligations are also more detailed. Taking into account the complex nature of the process for these types of properties, the conveyancing new build fees are higher than normal.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Durham

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Durham with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on Court proceedings for possession

  • The Richmond Partnership Incorporating Richmond Anderson Goudie, Lumsdon House, 19 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3HL
  • Freeman Johnson, 31 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3JA
  • Swinburne Maddison Llp, Venture House, Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS
  • Emg Solicitors Limited, The Rivergreen Centre, Aykley Heads, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS
  • Evans & Co, 33 Cheapside, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6QF

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Durham regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Durham practicing in commercial conveyancing in Durham. This should include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Barbara Thubron, 9 New Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3AQ
  • The Richmond Partnership Incorporating Richmond Anderson Goudie, Lumsdon House, 19 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3HL
  • Freeman Johnson, 31 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3JA
  • Swinburne Maddison Llp, Venture House, Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS
  • Cooper Stott Solicitors Ltd, Aykley Vale Chambers, Durham Road, Aykley Heads, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5NE

Planning law solicitors in Durham regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Durham practicing in planning law. This may include advice on special planning controls
  • Swinburne Maddison Llp, Venture House, Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS

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