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  • 1 Firms accustomed to conveyancing in Kenton are familiar with the local concerns peculiar to Kenton and therefore you may benefit from better guidance and faster conveyancing.
  • 2 Peace of mind comes when you choose the very best, most recommended conveyancing solicitors. Kenton has a number to choose from, but for a truly professional and reliable service many local people have been use the endorsement of this site.
  • 3 Over the years Kenton solicitor have established excellent connections with Kenton local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of dealing with your house sale or purchase in Kenton.
  • 4 Conveyancer conveyancing lawyers have extremely good personal links with Kenton estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 5 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Kenton is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) sometimes falls short of the level of professionalism you will expect.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Kenton since August 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kenton

At what point does exchange of contracts take place for residential conveyancing in Kenton and am I required to attend the lawyers branch?

Where you are in close proximity to our conveyancing solicitors in Kenton you are invited in to sign documents. That being said, the firms we work with supply a national conveyancing service and provide as equally diligent and professional a job for you when dealing with you digitally. The executing of the contract is not when everything is set in stone. Signing on the dotted line is just a prerequisite for the firm to exchange contracts when the time is right, which will usually be very shortly after signing. The exchange process is nowadays normally dealt with by telephone and can be very rapid, although where a long "chain" is in play, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Kenton)to be in the office available at the end of the phone to exchange contracts.

I have 70 years remaining on my lease and need a lease extension for my apartment in Kenton. Conveyancing solicitors on the The Mortgage Works panel can deal with such extensions correct?

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. The Mortgage Works have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 22/11/2022 the requirements read as follows :

Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house
- Any lease which is subject to a ground rent (or annual rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis
- Any lease which is subject to a ground rent (or annual rent) being reviewed and altered on any review basis or methodology

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- A lease subject to a peppercorn ground rent (annual rent) charges

For the avoidance of doubt, any new build properties completed but not sold pre 30 June 2022 will only be acceptable if the lease conforms to the above guidance

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years

LEASE EXTENSIONS

We require all lease extensions to be completed under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and to meet the above criteria as a minimum. Where you become aware that it does not meet these requirements, please refer to the Issuing Office

What will a local search inform me about the property we're purchasing in Kenton?

Kenton conveyancing often starts with the applying for local authority searches directly from your local Authority or through a personal search organisations for example Searchflow The local search is essential in every Kenton conveyancing purchase; as long as you don’t want any nasty once you have moved into your property. The search will reveal information on, amongst other things, details on planning applications relevant to the premises (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 topic headings.

I used Wolstenholmes several years ago for my conveyancing in Kenton. Now, I need my documents however the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?

You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Kenton of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously instructed, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

How does conveyancing in Kenton differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Kenton come to us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is completed. This is because house builders in Kenton tend to purchase the site, 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 Kenton or who has acted in the same development.

If all goes to plan we aim to complete our sale of a £275,000 apartment in Kenton next week. The management company has quoted £312 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Kenton?

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

    Addressing pre-exchange questions Where consent is required before sale in Kenton Supplying insurance information Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your lawyer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Kenton leasehold premises is £350. For Kenton 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 required to supply the information.

Having spent years of negotiations we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Kenton. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?

if there is a missing landlord or where there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant legislation it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to arrive at the sum to be paid.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a Kenton property is 139/139A Masons Avenue in February 2010. this was a case with an absentee freeholder. As a result the leaseholders applied to Willesden County Court for an order dispensing with the giving of a notice of claim.14th October 2009 District Judge Brar granted a vesting order and the court directed that the matter should be transferred to this tribunal to determine the freehold premium. The tribunal concluded on a figure of £13,000 for the freehold interest This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired term was 74 years.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Kenton

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Kenton specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Claims for damages for illegal

  • Mills Chody Llp, 226-228 Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 8BZ
  • Burrows, 298-300 Preston Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 0QB
  • Bonningtons Solicitors, 276 Preston Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 0QA
  • Malcolm Dear Whitfield Evans Llp, 297-299 Kenton Lane, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 8RR
  • Linklaw Solicitors Limited, 569 Kingsbury Road, London, NW9 9EL

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Kenton regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Kenton with expertise in commercial conveyancing in Kenton. This may include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Jane Liles Solicitors, 33 Kenton Park Road, Kenton, Middlesex, HA3 8UB
  • Mills Chody Llp, 226-228 Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 8BZ
  • Fairview Solicitors, 5 Dorchester Way, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 9RF
  • Burrows, 298-300 Preston Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 0QB
  • Bonningtons Solicitors, 276 Preston Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 0QA

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Kenton regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Kenton but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Home 2 Home Property Lawyers Limited, 32 Millais Gardens, HA8 5SY
  • Quality Conveyancing Ltd, Westgate House, W5 1YY
  • House Owners Conveyancers Limited, 56 Windermere Avenue, N3 3RA
  • House Owners Conveyancers Limited, Dephina House, N3 2JU
  • Ldn Conveyancing Ltd, 3 Acton Hill Mews, W3 9QN

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