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Reasons to use our Harrogate conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Lawyer conveyancing solicitors have very good personal links with Harrogate selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 2 Harrogate lawyer are the key to a successful Harrogate home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your move
  • 3 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Harrogate 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 will expect.
  • 4 Harrogate property lawyers work in conjunction with Harrogate estate agents, property finders, surveyors, lenders and other professionals to make sure that the highest level of service is provided to buyers and sellers every step of the way, helping make the process as straightforward as possible
  • 5 The companies shown on our web pages have a mix of conveyancing solicitors, legal executives and support staff handling over one hundred thousand cases annually.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Harrogate since November 2023*

Sale

of detached residence property, Belford Place, HG1 1HX completing on 20/11/2023 at a price of £415,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the seller for execution in preparation for completion

Transfer

of semi residence, Grove Park Lane, HG1 4BS completing on 21/11/2023 at a price of £175,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: ordering official copies of the title, preparing statement detailing charges, setting up the completion formalities

Disposal

of apartment Wetherby Road HG2 7SQ, at buying amount of £95,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges

Sale

of flat Woodlands Avenue HG2 7SJ, at the agreed price of £275,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Harrogate

Unfortunately I am unable to travel far from Harrogate. I would like to know the logic why all Harrogate property lawyers aren't included on all bank panels?

Banks ordinarily impose restrictions on either the type or the number of conveyancing solicitors on their panel. A common example of such criteria being that a firm must have at least two partners. In addition to restricting the structure of firm, some have made a decision to reduce the number of firms they use to act for them. It is worth noting that lenders have no liability for the standard of advice given by any Harrogate conveyancer on their panel. Mortgage fraud was the key driver in the reduction of solicitor panels in the last decade even though there are conflicting views about whether solicitors sat at the center of that fraud. Statistics from HMLR indicates that thousands of conveyancing practices only carry out a couple of conveyances annually. Those advocating conveyancing panel pruning ask why conveyancing firms should have the right to be on a conveyancing panel when clearly conveyancing is not their primary expertise?

Why do I have to pay up front for conveyancing in Harrogate?

Where you are retaining lawyers for conveyancing in Harrogate your lawyer will ask you place them with funds to cover the the cost of the conveyancing searches. This will be the total of the cost of the conveyancing searches. When the deposit is payable against the sale price then this will be needed immediately ahead of exchange of contracts. The closing balance that is needed should be transferred a couple of days ahead of the day of completion.

I just bought a house at auction in Harrogate. Conveyancing is required. What happens now?

Given that you are now legally bound yourself to purchase you now have to appoint a conveyancing lawyer soon as you now have a fast approaching deadline in which to complete the deal. All auction property should have an associated auction set of papers. This will likely include the copy title deeds, local authority and drainage searches. If you have purchased leasehold property the auction papers should include a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing paperwork relating to a leasehold property. You need to pass this on to your appointed conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible. Do make sure that that you have the requisite funding organised to complete the transaction on the set completion date.

Can I be sure that the Harrogate conveyancing solicitor on the Leeds Building Society panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Harrogate getting recommendations is a good starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always suggest that you speak with the lawyer conducting your transaction.

I am currently in the process of buying my council flat in Harrogate. I have a mortgage agreed with Santander. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have 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 Santander, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Santander conveyancing panel.

I am downsizing from our house in Harrogate and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was constructed on contaminated land. A high street Harrogate lawyer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers instructed a national conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Harrogate. We have lived in Harrogate for many years we know of no issue. Should we get in touch with our local Authority to seek clarification need.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You should check with 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 life insurance to cover that same ailment)

I have been on the look out for a leasehold apartment up to £235,500 and identified one near me in Harrogate I like with a park and railway links nearby, the downside is that it's only got 49 years on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Harrogate in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a short lease?

If you require a home loan the shortness of the lease will likely be problematic. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current proprietor has owned the property for a minimum of 2 years you may request that they commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer concerning this matter.

My wife and I are purchasing a studio flat in Harrogate. When we first instructed solicitor, they told us that they were on all mainstream bank panels. The financial adviser called today to advise that they are not on the Bank of Ireland approved list. If it turns out to be true, what should we do? Do we just find a new conveyancer that is on their panel or should we cover the costs for dual representation, with Bank of Ireland appointing their own approved lawyer.

When buying a property with the benefit of a mortgage it is standard for the buyer’s lawyers to also act for the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a conveyancer has to be on that lender's list of approved lawyers. An application has to be made by the conveyancer to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict conditions which the solicitor has to satisfy. Some lenders now require their panel firms to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Your property lawyer should contact Bank of Ireland and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You don't have to instruct a firm on Bank of Ireland's conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Harrogate solicitors, in which case it will likely add costs, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another property lawyer into the mix.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Harrogate regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Harrogate specialising in commercial conveyancing in Harrogate. This should include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Powell Eddison Freeman & Wilks, 14 Albert Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1JW
  • Raworths Llp, Eton House, 89 Station Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1HF
  • Berwins Solicitors Limited, 2 North Park Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5PA
  • Mccormicks, Wharfedale House, 35-37 East Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LQ
  • Kirbys Llp, 32 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5PR

Planning law solicitors in Harrogate regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Harrogate practicing in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Kirbys Llp, 32 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5PR

Harrogate commercial property solicitors provide expert offering advice on numerous aspects of commercial property law

    Property finance for investment and development loans for lenders and borrowers Compulsory land purchase Lease renewals and variations Sale or acquisition of commercial property investments, including at auction Hotels, public houses and restaurants Formation of commercial management companies

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