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Top reasons to use our service to help you choose a high street conveyancing solicitor in Friern Barnet

  • 1 Personal touch together with pure property experience are key benefits that you should look for when choosing conveyancing solicitors. Friern Barnet property deals can be made significantly more protracted as a result of lack of transparency between all the parties. The lawyers listed strive to make sure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments expeditiously.
  • 2 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these organisations are often based many kilometers away with little appreciation of the factors that affect property transactions in Friern Barnet
  • 3 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Friern Barnet 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.
  • 4 Friern Barnet conveyancing lawyers will be familiar with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and property agents
  • 5 Property lawyer conveyancing firms have extremely good personal links with Friern Barnet estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Friern Barnet since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Friern Barnet

I am nearing exchange of contracts for my house in Friern Barnet and the EA has just text me to say that the buyers are switching solicitor. I am told that this is due to the fact that the lender will only deal with property lawyers on their approved list. On what basis would a big named lender only engage with certain solicitors rather the firm that they want to choose for their conveyancing in Friern Barnet ?

Lenders have always had an approved set of law firms that can represent them, but in the last few years big names such as Nationwide, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for decades.

Lending institutions point to the increase in fraud as the reason for the pruning – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to oversee. Banks tend not to reveal how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is hearing daily from firms that have been removed from panels. Some are unaware that they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. The purchasers are unlikely to have any impact on this.

Can you point me to a directory of Clydesdale panel solicitors in Friern Barnet on the Building Society Association’s Website?

No. There is no such directory service on the CML or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings open the public on the web. Where you are looking for a Friern Barnet lawyer on the Clydesdale please use our facility.

I am currently in the process of buying my council flat in Friern Barnet. I have a mortgage agreed with Bank of Ireland. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?

It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with Bank of Ireland, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel.

I have finally had an offer on a maisonette in Friern Barnet accepted, the owners do nevertheless have a connected purchase. The vendors have put an offer on a flat, but it’s not been accepted yet, and are looking at other flats booked. I have instructed a high street conveyancing solicitor in Friern Barnet. What do I do now? When do I get the mortgage application with Kent Reliance going?

It is understandable to have anxieties where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to incur expenses too early (home loan application is in the region of £1k, then survey, Friern Barnet conveyancing search costs, etc). First, you must check that your property lawyer is on the Kent Reliance approved list. As to the subsequent stages this very much dictated by the circumstances of your transaction, attraction to this property and on the state of the market. In a hot market the majority of buyers would apply for a home loan with Kent Reliance and pay for the valuation and only if it was satisfactory would they ask their lawyer to press on with searches.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Friern Barnet. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Set out below are examples of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Friern Barnet

    Please confirm the Lease plans are architect prepared. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents.

My brother has suggested that I appoint his conveyancing solicitors in Friern Barnet. Should I use them?

There are no two ways about it the ideal way to find a conveyancing practitioner is to seek guidance from friends or relatives who have previously instructed the solicitor that you are considering.

I have just started marketing my basement flat in Friern Barnet. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed, however I have recently received a quarterly service charge demand – Do I pay up?

It best that you pay the maintenance contribution as usual because all rents and maintenance charges should be allotted on completion, so you should recover the relevant percentage by the purchaser for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment date. Most managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

Having spent months of correspondence we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Friern Barnet. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

in cases 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 you can apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to assess the premium.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Friern Barnet flat is 34 Poplar Grove in June 2013. The Tribunal directed that the premium for the lease extension should be in the sum of £10,250. This case affected 1 flat.

Midway through the sale of a leasehold flat in Friern Barnet. Conveyancing solicitors are doing their job but we are being charged a fortune by the landlord. So far we have forked out £295.50 for a leasehold management pack and then a further £134.40 for additional queries raised by the buyers property lawyer.

You will not have control over the extent of the fee for this information however the average fee for the information for Friern Barnet leasehold premises is £380. For Friern Barnet conveyancing deals it is usual for the seller to cover the charges. The landlord or their agents are not duty bound to address such questions most will agree to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices out of proportion to the work involved. Regretfully there is no law that mandates set charges for administrative tasks. There is no legal time frame by which they are required to issue the information.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Friern Barnet

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Friern Barnet with expertise 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

  • Groom Halliday, 5 Sandringham Gardens, North Finchley, London, London, N12 0NY
  • Simons Levine & Co, 760 High Road, London, N12 9QH
  • Yva Solicitors Llp, Yva House, 811 High Road, North Finchley, London, London, N12 8JT
  • Ssp Law, Ground Floor, 311 Ballards Lane, London, N12 8LY
  • Sylvester Amiel Lewin & Horne Llp, Pearl Assurance House, 319 Ballards Lane, London, N12 8LY

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Friern Barnet regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Friern Barnet practicing in commercial conveyancing in Friern Barnet. This may include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Groom Halliday, 5 Sandringham Gardens, North Finchley, London, London, N12 0NY
  • Howard Hyman & Co, The Law Chambers, 1a Friern Park, North Finchley, London, Middlesex, N12 9DE
  • Simons Levine & Co, 760 High Road, London, N12 9QH
  • Perry Clements Solicitors, Rex House, 354 Ballards Lane, North Finchley, London, London, N12 0DD
  • Yva Solicitors Llp, Yva House, 811 High Road, North Finchley, London, London, N12 8JT

Planning law solicitors in Friern Barnet regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Friern Barnet practicing in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including special planning controls
  • Barnett Alexander Conway Ingram Llp, Sovereign House, 1 Albert Place, Ballards Lane, London, N3 1QB
  • Vanderpump & Sykes Llp, Lough Point, 2 Gladbeck Way, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 7JA
  • Sal & Co Solicitors Limited, 191 Angel Place, Fore Street, Edmonton, London, England, N18 2UD
  • Stuart & Co, 285 Fore Street, London, London, N9 0PD
  • F S Garford, 26 Fairfax Place, London, NW6 4EH

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