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Hatfield Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time frame of 17 days for registration of title in Hatfield
  • 2 February was the busiest month and January was the next busiest month while March was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Hatfield
  • 3 115 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Hatfield
  • 4 Average Stamp Duty Payable for last year was £13,206
  • 5 Average Land Registry Fee for last year was £270

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hatfield since October 2020*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hatfield

We are purchasing a victorian detached house in Hatfield. We would like to an extension at the rear at the property.Will legal investigations on the property involve enquiries to ascertain if these works are prohibited?

Your conveyancer will review the deeds as conveyancing in Hatfield can sometimes reveal restrictions in the title documents which prevent certain alterations or need the consent of a 3rd party. Certain extensions need local authority planning consent and approval in accordance building regulations. Some areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which often prevent or affect extensions. It would be wise to check these things with a surveyor ahead of any purchase.

How can we tell if a Hatfield conveyancing solicitor on the Kent Reliance panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Hatfield obtaining recommendations is a sensible 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 advise that you speak with the lawyer handling your conveyancing.

We have agreed to purchase a house in Hatfield. An unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Coventry BS be concerned?

As you are obtaining a mortgage with Coventry BS your lawyer must check the conveyancing instructions set out in Section two of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Coventry BS. The CML Handbook contains minimum specifications for solar panel roof-space leases, and conveyancing practitioners are required to report to Coventry BS where a lease fails to comply with these requirements. The provisions relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales and is not restricted to Hatfield.

What does a local search reveal about the property my wife and I buying in Hatfield?

Hatfield conveyancing often starts with the applying for local authority searches directly from your local Authority or via a personal search company for example PSG The local search is essential in every Hatfield conveyancing purchase; as long as you don’t want any unpleasant once you have moved into your property. The search will provide data on, amongst other things, details on planning applications applicable to the property (whether granted or refused), building control history, any enforcement action, restrictions on permitted development, nearby road schemes, contaminated land and radon gas; in all a total of 13 subject areas.

Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to my home can not be found. The conveyancers who did the conveyancing in Hatfield 4 years ago are no longer around. Will I be able to sell the house?

Assuming you have a registered title the details of your proprietorship will be evidenced by HMLR under a Title Number. It is easy to execute a search at the Land Registry, identify your property and secure up to date copies of the property title for less than a fiver. If the property is Leasehold then the Land Registry will also normally retain a file copy of the Registered Lease and again, a copy can be obtained for a small fee.

I am a couple of weeks into a freehold purchase having been referred to conveyancers by the local agent to do our conveyancing in Hatfield. I am not happy. Can you you assist me in finding new lawyers?

A solicitor would have to be very poor to suggest replacing them. Has the mortgage offer been sent? In the event that it has you need to make them aware of the new contact details and have the loan are re-sent. The solicitor ideally should be on the banks panel to avoid added costs and frustration. That should be your starting point. Our search tool will assist you in finding a lender approved solicitor for your home move in Hatfield

I am looking at a couple of maisonettes in Hatfield which have about fifty years unexpired on the lease term. Will this present a problem?

There are no two ways about it. A leasehold apartment in Hatfield is a deteriorating asset as a result of the shortening lease. The nearer the lease gets to zero years unexpired, the more it reduces the value of the premises. The majority of purchasers and banks, leases with less than 75 years become less and less attractive. On a more upbeat note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the property for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of a property with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with Hatfield conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. A more straightforward and quicker method of extending would be to contact your landlord directly and sound him out on the prospect of extending the lease. You may find he or she is happy to negotiate informally and willing to consider your offer straight off, without having to involve anyone else. This will save you time and money and it could help you reach a lower price on the lease. You need to ensure that any new terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.

I inherited a 1 bedroom flat in Hatfield, conveyancing having been completed 3 years ago. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Corresponding flats in Hatfield with over 90 years remaining are worth £211,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 yearly. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2089

With 68 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to range between £9,500 and £11,000 as well as costs.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of detailed investigations. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other issues that need to be considered and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

Been on the hunt for a conveyancer for freehold sale conveyancing in Hatfield. I'm selling, uncomplicated no mortgage to redeem, no hurry, currently vacant. Got a quote from a lawyer for £900 including VAT which is a little expensive given that its so straightforward. Is it possible to find less expensive fees for conveyancing in Hatfield?

Given that it’s a sale only, 475 + VAT should be about the best for a Hatfield solicitor firm.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Hatfield regulated by the SRA

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

  • Salisbury Law, James Taylor House, St. Albans Road East, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0HE
  • Crane & Staples, Longcroft House, Fretherne Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6TU
  • Ewart Price, 1st Floor, 16-18 Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6PS
  • Edmondsons, 181 The Ridgeway, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 9XE
  • Sherrards Solicitors Llp, 45 Grosvenor Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3AW

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Hatfield

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Hatfield with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Court proceedings for possession

  • Salisbury Law, James Taylor House, St. Albans Road East, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0HE
  • Crane & Staples, Longcroft House, Fretherne Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6TU
  • Ewart Price, 1st Floor, 16-18 Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL8 6PS
  • Radius Law Limited, 5 The Old Dairy Mews, Castle Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 5FJ
  • Sherrards Solicitors Llp, 45 Grosvenor Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3AW

Planning law solicitors in Hatfield regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Hatfield specialising in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including applications about listed buildings and conservation areas
  • Debenhams Ottaway Llp, Ivy House, 107 St. Peters Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EW

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

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