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Reasons to use our Harpenden conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 We are the UKs largest domestic conveyancing directory listing mortgage company approved law firms delivering conveyancing in Harpenden regulated and authorised by the SRA or Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
  • 2 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these companies are often based hundreds of miles away with little understanding of the factors that impact property transactions in Harpenden
  • 3 The practices shown on our directory have a mix of conveyancing lawyers, legal executives and support staff handling thousands of conveyancing matters each year.
  • 4 Excellent communication together with pure property expertise are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. Harpenden property deals can be made significantly more complicated because of poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers we work with strive to make sure that the lines of communication are open and act on arising issues and developments expeditiously.
  • 5 This site is the first site that enables you the facility to check that your conveyancing in Harpenden will be conducted by a law firm on your mortgage lender’s conveyancing panel.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Harpenden since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Harpenden

I am considering applying for a Leeds Building Society mortgage for purchase of a new build (under development) in Harpenden with 65 per cent LTV. Is it compulsory to choose a solicitor on the conveyancing panel for Leeds Building Society ?

In theory, you could use a solicitor that is not on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel, but Leeds Building Society would require one of their panel solicitors to be instructed to act in their interests, and you'd have to pay for this - so most people instruct a panel solicitor. It's also easier, as otherwise you'd have to deal with two solicitors for the same conveyancing matter.

How does conveyancing in Harpenden differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Harpenden come to us having been asked by the seller to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is constructed. This is because developers in Harpenden tend to buy 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 conveyancing solicitors 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 accustomed to new build conveyancing in Harpenden or who has acted in the same development.

I have been on the look out for a ground for flat up to £195,000 and identified one round the corner in Harpenden I like with a park and railway links nearby, the downside is that it only has 61 remaining years left on the lease. There is not much else in Harpenden in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake purchasing a short lease?

Should you require a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term will be problematic. Discount the offer by the expected lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the existing owner has owned the premises for at least twenty four months you can request that they commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer about this.

I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Harpenden for my remortgage. Can I review a firm’s record with the profession’s regulator?

One can search for published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions stemming from investigations commenced on or after Jan 2008. Visit Check a solicitor's record. For information Pre 2008, or to check a firm's history, phone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For callers outside the UK, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator could monitor call for training reasons.

All being well we will complete our sale of a £200,000 garden flat in Harpenden next week. The freeholder has quoted £372 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Harpenden?

For the majority of leasehold sales in Harpenden conveyancing will involve, queries regarding the management of a building inevitably needing to be answered directly by the freeholder or its agent, this includes :

    Answering pre-contract questions Where consent is required before sale in Harpenden Copies of the building insurance and schedule Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Harpenden leasehold property is £350. For Harpenden conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to supply answers.

Harpenden Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries before Purchasing

    The best form of lease arrangement is a share of the freehold. In this situation the leaseholders enjoy being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is often employed if the building is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent employed by the leaseholders. It would be sensible to discover as much as possible regarding the managing agents as they can either make your life much simpler or uncomfortable. As the owner of a leasehold property you are often at the mercy of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to daily matters such as the cleanliness of the common parts. Don't be shy to ask other people whether they are happy with their management. On a final note, investigate as to the dates that the maintenance fees are due to the managing agents and precisely what you get for your money. Plenty Harpenden leasehold flats will incur a service bill for maintenance of the building set by the management company. Should you purchase the flat you will have to pay this amount, normally periodically throughout the year. This may vary from two or three hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large communal grounds. In all likelihood there will be a rentcharge to be met yearly, normally this is not a significant amount, say around £50-£100 but you need to check it because sometimes it could be many hundreds of pounds.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have just found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Harpenden. Conveyancing lawyers have are about to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the risks of buying a leasehold house in Harpenden ?

Most houses in Harpenden are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area can help the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Harpenden so you should seriously consider shopping around for a Harpenden conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the landlord’spermission to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your lawyer should report to you on the legal implications.

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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 & Co, The Leys, 2c Leyton Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2TL
  • Wright Tamana-sugden, 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

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Harpenden regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Harpenden but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Horizon Law Limited, 48 High Street, AL3 7LN

Planning law solicitors in Harpenden regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The practices listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Harpenden practicing in planning law. This may include advice on tree preservation orders
  • 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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Luton
Harpenden
Wheathampstead
St Albans

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