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

Harpenden Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while March was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Harpenden
  • 2 70% freehold and 30% leasehold conveyancing in Harpenden for this year to date
  • 3 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £33,335
  • 4 Percentage of leasehold conveyancing purchases in Harpenden is 40% where there is a share in the management company or freehold company
  • 5 Average time frame of 33 days for registration of title in Harpenden

Examples of recent conveyancing in Harpenden since November 2023*

Sale

of apartment Fair Oak Drive LU2 7TQ, at the agreed consideration of £129,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties

Sale

of terraced residence, Codicote Road, AL6 9TY completing on 24/11/2023 at a price of £900,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, securing official copies of the title

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Harpenden

What happens if my lawyer’s firm is removed from the Skipton Conveyancing panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Harpenden?

The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.

I can see plenty of here concerning conveyancing in Harpenden but what is your top tip for appointing the right conveyancer in Harpenden

It would be unwise to be swayed by the cheapest Harpenden conveyancing costs illustration. You really do get what you’re paying for when it comes to conveyancing solicitors. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you know exactly what you’ll have to pay in ahead of the deal.

When it comes to lenders such as Principality, do Harpenden conveyancing practitioners face an annual charge to be on the list of approved solicitors?

We are not aware of any bank fees to be on their panel, although some do levy an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.

I have a mortgage with TSB for my property in Harpenden. Conveyancing has been completed some time ago. If I am intending to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform TSB?

Your original mortgage agreement with TSB will provide that you need their approval in advance of letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of TSB’s mortgage conditions. It may be that TSB will permit you to let out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact TSB directly. You need not do this via a TSB conveyancing panel solicitor.

We are downsizing from our house in Harpenden and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was constructed on contaminated land. Any local conveyancer would know this is not the case. For the life of me I don't know why the purchasers are using a web based conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Harpenden. We have lived in Harpenden for three years we know of no issue. Do we contact our local Authority to get confirmation that there is no issue.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing firm already. Are they able to advise? You must enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same sickness)

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Harpenden. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.

Here are examples of a few leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Harpenden

    The Vendor must covenant to keep unsold units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Please supply a car parking plan.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a house I put an offer in last month in what was supposed to be a quick, no chain conveyancing. Harpenden is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Harpenden are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Harpenden you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Harpenden may determine 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 residence.

What type of property do your Harpenden conveyancing estimates apply to?

The quotes supplied are only applicable to standard residential property in England & Wales. Where you have any different needs such as industrial or agricultural property or commercial conveyancing in Harpenden you should contact us to discuss this further .

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Harpenden regulated by the SRA

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

  • Wright Tamana-sugden, The Leys, 2c Leyton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TL
  • Wright & Co, The Leys, 2c Leyton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TL
  • Paul Berg & Taylor, Clayton House, 7 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4EF
  • Alban Perrin Limited, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US
  • Perrins Solicitors Llp, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Harpenden regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Harpenden specialising in commercial conveyancing in Harpenden. This will likely include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Wright Tamana-sugden, The Leys, 2c Leyton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TL
  • Wright & Co, The Leys, 2c Leyton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TL
  • Paul Berg & Taylor, Clayton House, 7 Vaughan Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4EF
  • Perrins Solicitors Llp, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US
  • Alban Perrin Limited, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US

Planning law solicitors in Harpenden regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Harpenden specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including development on contaminated land
  • Perrins Solicitors Llp, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US
  • Alban Perrin Limited, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US
  • Debenhams Ottaway Llp, Ivy House, 107 St. Peters Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EW
  • Taylor Walton Llp, 28-44 Alma Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2PL

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Harpenden
Wheathampstead
St Albans

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