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Reasons to use our Hampton Hill conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Personal touch and pure property local knowledge are key benefits that you should look for when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Hampton Hill conveyancing can be made a lot more stressful due to poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers we work with endeavour to make sure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments instantly.
  • 2 We are the UKs largest residential conveyancing directory service identifying lender approved law practices delivering conveyancing in Hampton Hill regulated and authorised by the SRA or Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
  • 3 On the balance of probabilities the other side’s lawyers are based in Hampton Hill - if so sets of lawyers are likely to be familiar
  • 4 Over the years Hampton Hill conveyancer have established valuable connections with Hampton Hill local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all concerned in the process of undertaking your conveyancing in Hampton Hill.
  • 5 Hampton Hill property lawyers are likely to acquainted with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and property agents

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hampton Hill since November 2023*

Sale

of semi-detached residence, Uxbridge Road, TW12 1SL completing on 17/11/2023 at a price of £926,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in readiness for completion, agreeing completion date with parties

Sale

of terraced property, Dennis Road, KT8 9EE completing on 20/11/2023 at a price of £727,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: sending the transfer to the seller for signature in readiness for completion, preparing statement detailing charges, sending title deeds and executed transfer to purchaser’s solicitor

Transfer

of terraced property, Prospect Crescent, TW2 7EB completing on 17/11/2023 at a price of £591,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, setting up the completion formalities

Acquisition

of flat Albany Park Road KT2 5ST, acquired for £670,000. Leasehold conveyancing work included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hampton Hill

What is the first thing I need to know concerning purchase conveyancing in Hampton Hill?

You may not hear this from too many lawyers but conveyancing in Hampton Hill or throughout North London is often a confrontational process. Put another way, when it comes to conveyancing there exists lots of opportunity for conflict between you and other parties involved in the legal transfer of property. E.g., the vendor, estate agent and sometimes your lender. Selecting a law firm for your conveyancing in Hampton Hill is a critical decision as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the ONE party in the legal process whose interest is to look after your legal interests and to keep you safe.

On occasion a potential adversary will try and sway you that you should follow their advice. For instance, the property agent may claim to be assisting by suggesting your solicitor is dragging his heels. Or your financial adviser may try to convince you to do take action that is against your solicitors recommendation. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties when it comes to the legal transfer of property.

About to place a bid on a leasehold property in Hampton Hill. The estate agents tell me that it is standard for flats in Hampton Hill to have less than 75 years left on the lease. I am taking out a mortgage with The Mortgage Works. Is this going to be a problem if the lease has Seventy One years remaining.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. The Mortgage Works have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 17/2/2024 the requirements read as follows :

Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 1.0% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house
- Any lease which is subject to a ground rent (or annual rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis
- Any lease which is subject to a ground rent (or annual rent) being reviewed and altered on any review basis or methodology

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 1.0% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- A lease subject to a peppercorn ground rent (annual rent) charges

For the avoidance of doubt, any new build properties completed but not sold pre 30 June 2022 will only be acceptable if the lease conforms to the above guidance

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years

LEASE EXTENSIONS

We require all lease extensions to be completed under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and to meet the above criteria as a minimum. Where you become aware that it does not meet these requirements, please refer to the Issuing Office

A relative recommended that if I am buying in Hampton Hill 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 Hampton Hill conveyancing searches. It is not a small document of more than thirty pages, listing and setting out important information about Hampton Hill around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Hampton Hill Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information regarding Hampton Hill.

The deeds to my home are lost. The lawyers who handled the conveyancing in Hampton Hill 4 years ago have long since closed. What are my next steps?

Nowadays there are duplicates made of almost everything, and your conveyancer will know precisely where to find all the suitable paperwork so you can buy or sell your house without any difficulty. If copies can’t be found, your lawyer can arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities protecting you against future claims on your premises.

I am thinking of appointing a conveyancing solicitor in Hampton Hill for my home move. Is there any facility to check a firm’s complaints history with the profession’s regulator?

Anyone may search for documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions resulting from investigations from 2008 onwards. Visit Check a solicitor's record. For information about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a firm's record, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator may monitor telephone calls for training purposes.

Back In 2005, I bought a leasehold house in Hampton Hill. Conveyancing and Bank of Ireland mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1997. The conveyancing practitioner in Hampton Hill who acted for me is not around. Do I pay?

First make enquiries of HMLR to make sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is indeed the registered owner of the freehold reversion. You do not need to incur the fees of a Hampton Hill conveyancing solicitor to do this as it can be done on-line for less than a fiver. Rest assured that regardless, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

I inherited a garden flat in Hampton Hill. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the sum due for a lease extension?

in cases where there is a missing freeholder or if there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to make a decision on the amount due.

An example of a Lease Extension case for a Hampton Hill property is Ground Floor Flat 91 Bath Road in May 2009. in a case where the freeholder could not be traced, the Brentford County Court ordered that the Lease be surrendered in return for the grant of a new lease of the Premises at a premium determined by the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal. The tribunal concluded that the price payable by the Applicant for the new lease of the premises be £15,900 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 60.45 years.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Hampton Hill regulated by the SRA

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

  • Richard Kanani & Co Ltd, 4 Cranmer Road, Hampton Hill, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 1DW
  • Bruce Macgregor And Co Solicitors, Suite F 8, The Causeway, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0HE
  • Kagan Moss & Co, 22 The Causeway, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0HF
  • Adams Delmar, 56 Ashley Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HU
  • Blossom Law Solicitors Llp, Unit 18, Legacy House, Hanworth Trading Estate, Hampton Road West, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 6DH

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Hampton Hill regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Hampton Hill with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Hampton Hill. This could include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Richard Kanani & Co Ltd, 4 Cranmer Road, Hampton Hill, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 1DW
  • Kagan Moss & Co, 22 The Causeway, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0HF
  • Adams Delmar, 56 Ashley Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2HU
  • Blossom Law Solicitors Llp, Unit 18, Legacy House, Hanworth Trading Estate, Hampton Road West, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 6DH
  • Read & Co, 108 Sherland Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 4HD

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Hampton Hill regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Hampton Hill but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Clay & Co Limited, First Floor, TW11 0HE
  • Property Transfer Co-ordination Ptc, Corner House, KT1 2NR
  • J Scollan & Co Property Lawyers, First Floor Canal Court, TW8 8JA
  • Stratega Law Ltd, Bldg 3 Chiswick Park, W4 5YA

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

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