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Hitchin Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 110 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Hitchin
  • 2 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £12,984
  • 3 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 4 80% freehold and 20% leasehold conveyancing in Hitchin for this year to date
  • 5 Average time from start to moving day was 70 days for conveyancing in Hitchin

Examples of recent conveyancing in Hitchin since July 2021*

Acquisition

of flat Paynes Park SG5 1EJ, sold for £185,000. Leasehold conveyancing investigations included: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in preparation for completion, obtaining official copies of the title

Disposal

of terraced property, Whinbush Road, SG5 1PN completing on 13/08/2021 at a price of £583,590. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: drafting the sale agreement and Transfer, sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, agreeing completion date with parties

Transfer

of semi-detached premises, Waterlow Mews, SG4 7HL completing on 16/08/2021 at a price of £343,000. The legal transfer of property incorporates some of the following tasks: taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, preparing statement detailing charges, sending title deeds and signed transfer to buyer’s lawyers

Acquisition

of flat Icknield Way SG6 4AW, purchased for £188,000. Leasehold conveyancing investigations included: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, sending the transfer to the seller for signature in preparation for completion, preparing statement detailing charges

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hitchin

My mortgage broker requires my Hitchin law firm’s panel reference for the Nationwide conveyancing panel. How do I find this out. I have e-mailed my local Hitchin branch but they have not got back to me yet.

Have you tried speaking to your Hitchin conveyancing practitioner about this?. They should have a central record lender panel numbers.

My husband and I are purchasing a newbuild flat in Hitchin with a homeloan from Coventry Building Society.We have a Hitchin conveyancing solicitor but Coventry Building Society advised that his firm is not on their approved list of member firms. We have to appoint a Coventry Building Society panel lawyer or retain our preferred solicitor and fork out for a Coventry Building Society panel lawyer to act for them. This seems very unfair; Can we not simply insist that Coventry Building Society use our lawyer?

No, not really. The home loan offered to you is subject to its terms and conditions, a common one being that lawyers will be on the Coventry Building Society approved list. Until recently, most banks had large numbers of law firms on their panels: a borrower could choose one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. A further alternative is for your lawyer to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Coventry Building Society

What is your number one tip for choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Hitchin

Do not opt for the lowest Hitchin conveyancing quote. You really do get what you pay 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 go into the conveyancing with your eyes wide open.

Do I choose a Licenced Conveyancer or Solicitor for conveyancing in Hitchin?

There are many recorded licenced Conveyancers in Hitchin and Solicitor partnerships in Hitchin offering conveyancing It is important to make clear that the two are supervised by regulatory bodies with both specialising in the legal work in the home buying process. They may both also deal with associated property related work such as remortgage conveyancing, lease extensions and transfer of equity conveyancing.

Forgive me if this question is silly but I am unexperienced as FTB of a garden flat in Hitchin. Do I pick up the keys to the property on completion from my lawyer? If this is the case, I will appoint a local conveyancing solicitor in Hitchin?

On the day of completion you will not be required to attend the conveyancers office in Hitchin. Conveyancing lawyers for you will electronically transfer the purchase money to the owner’s conveyancers, and shortly after the monies have arrived, you will be called to collect the keys from the selling Agents and move into your new home. Usually this occurs early afternoon.

About to purchase a new build flat in Hitchin. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Here are examples of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Hitchin

    Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Please supply evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose?

My partner and I may need to rent out our Hitchin ground floor flat for a while due to a career opportunity. We instructed a Hitchin conveyancing firm in 2002 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any guidance as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?

Your lease dictates relations between the freeholder and you the leaseholder; specifically, it will say if subletting is prohibited, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The rule is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. The majority of leases in Hitchin do not contain subletting altogether – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the flat. In most cases there is simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly sending a copy of the sublease.

Hitchin Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries before buying

    It would be sensible to discover as much as possible concerning the company managing the building as they will impact your use and enjoyment of the property. As the proprietor of a leasehold property you are often in the clutches of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to practical matters such as the tidiness of the communal areas. Enquire of prospective neighbours what they think of them. In conclusion, investigate as to the dates that the maintenance charges are due to the appropriate party and specifically how they are spending that money. The majority of Hitchin leasehold apartments will have a service charge for maintenance of the building invoiced by the landlord. If you buy the apartment you will have to meet this liability, usually in instalments during the year. This may be anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for blocks with lifts and large common areas. There will also be a rentcharge to be met annual, this is usually not a exorbitant amount, say approximately £50-£100 but you should to enquire it because on occasion it could be surprisingly expensive. Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge liability?

What is the difference between surveying and conveyancing in Hitchin?

Conveyancing - in Hitchin or elsewhere - is the legal term given to transferring legal title of property from one person to another. It involves the investigation of the title. Whether buying or selling, you should be aware of anything affecting the property such as proposals by government departments, illegal buildings, or outstanding rates. The conveyancer should conduct the appropriate searches and inquiries on the property. Surveying relates to the structure of a property itself. A surveyor will look at a house, flat and any outbuildings you are buying and will help you find out about the condition of the building and, if there are problems, give you a powerful reason for negotiating the purchase price down or asking the seller to fix the defects prior to you move in.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Hitchin

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Hitchin practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Terms and conditions of tenancy agreements

  • Ross Williams, Victoria House, 26 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DY
  • Law Brand, 8 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DU
  • Law Brand Limited, 8 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DU
  • Foreman Laws Llp, 25 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JW
  • Chamberlins, 47 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1LA

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Hitchin regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Hitchin with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Hitchin. This may include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Ross Williams, Victoria House, 26 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DY
  • Law Brand, 8 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DU
  • Law Brand Limited, 8 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DU
  • Foreman Laws Llp, 25 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JW
  • Neves And Dyer Solicitors, 4 Tilehouse Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 2DW

Planning law solicitors in Hitchin regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The practices listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Hitchin specialising in planning law. This may include advice on tree preservation orders
  • Foreman Laws Llp, 25 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JW
  • Hamilton Davies, 28 High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 3HF

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

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