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Reasons to use our Mill Hill conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Solicitor conveyancing lawyers have excellent personal links with Mill Hill selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 2 The firms shown on our directory have a variation of conveyancing lawyers, legal executives and support staff handling thousands of conveyancing matters annually.
  • 3 Mill Hill conveyancers are likely to acquainted with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents
  • 4 Mill Hill property lawyer are the linchpin to a successful Mill Hill home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your conveyancing
  • 5 Mill Hill solicitors work in partnership with Mill Hill estate agents, property finders, surveyors, lenders and other professionals to ensure that the highest level of service is provided to buyers and sellers every step of the way, never losing sight of the time-critical nature behind your conveyancing transaction

Examples of recent conveyancing in Mill Hill since October 2019*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Mill Hill

What is the first thing I need to know regarding purchase conveyancing in Mill Hill?

You may not hear this from too many lawyers but conveyancing in Mill Hill and elsewhere in North London is an adversarial experience. Put another way, when it comes to conveyancing there exists an abundance of opportunity for confrontation between you and other parties involved in the legal transfer of property. For example, the seller, property agent and even potentially the bank. Appointing a law firm for your conveyancing in Mill Hill should not be taken lightly as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the SOLE party in the legal process whose responsibility is to act in your best interests and to protect you.

Every so often a potential adversary may attempt to sway you that you should follow their advice. For instance, the selling agent may claim to be helping by claiming that your lawyer is slow. Or your financial adviser may try to convince you to do take action that is contrary to your solicitors guidance. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties when it comes to the legal transfer of property.

I am about to put an offer on a leasehold property in Mill Hill. The property agents advise that it is the norm for flats in Mill Hill to have less than 75 years left on the lease. I am obtaining a loan with Nationwide Building Society. Will the property be mortgageable given that the lease has 70 years remaining.

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. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 20/1/2020 the requirements read as follows :

- Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

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 55 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 is 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 55 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 (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to every 5 years
- 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

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- 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
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* 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.

Hoping to buy a property located in Mill Hill and I am already nervous. I couldn't find anything specific about Mill Hill. Conveyancing will be needed in due course but do you know about the Mill Hill area? or perhaps some other tips you can share?

Rather than looking online forget looking online you should go and have a look at Mill Hill. In the meantime here are some basic statistics that we found

I need to find a conveyancing solicitor for my conveyancing in Mill Hill. I have discover a site which looks to be the ideal answer If it is possible to get all the legals done via email that would be ideal. Should I be concerned? What should out be looking out for?

As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?

I am attracted to a two maisonettes in Mill Hill which have in the region of 50 years unexpired on the leases. should I be concerned?

There are no two ways about it. A leasehold flat in Mill Hill is a wasting 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 buyers and mortgage companies, leases with less than eighty years become less and less marketable. On a more positive note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the premises 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 residence 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 Mill Hill conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. More often than not it is possible to negotiate informally with the freeholder to extend 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 am the registered owner of a garden flat in Mill Hill. Given that I can not reach agreement with the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount payable for a lease extension?

if there is a missing freeholder or where there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the LVT to make a decision on the sum to be paid.

An example of a Lease Extension case for a Mill Hill flat is Ground Floor Maisonette 17 Milton Road in January 2014. The Tribunal determined the premium payable by the Applicant to the should be £13,299 This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 71.73 years.

We are first time buyers just having agreed a price on a property in Mill Hill, and are about to get solicitors lined up. We have utilised the numerous comparison tools and the results are from all over the the UK. Is it advisable to have a Mill Hill conveyancing practitioner local to our prospective property? We are willing to do all the communicating electronically, but I assume at some stage we may be required to visit the conveyancing practitioner's office to sign papers?

The solicitor does not need to be in Mill Hill, but opting for local means that you have the option to attend their offices if required, for instance, if a signature is needed urgently. Furthermore, a Mill Hill solicitor is likely to be familiar with local agents and (if the vendor has instructed a local solicitor) with them, which will help smooth the process.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Mill Hill regulated by the SRA

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

  • Heather Mains & Co, Daws House, 33-35 Daws Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 4SD
  • Carpenters Rose, 26 The Broadway, Mill Hill, London, NW7 3NL
  • Cadem Hope Limited, 4a The Broadway, Mill Hill, London, NW7 3LL
  • Saul Marine & Co Solicitors, Churchill House, 120 Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, London, Greater London, NW7 2AS
  • Ezran Law, Churchill House, 120 Bunns Lane, London, London, NW7 2AS

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Mill Hill regulated by the SRA

The list below is a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Mill Hill specialising in commercial conveyancing in Mill Hill. This could include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Heather Mains & Co, Daws House, 33-35 Daws Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 4SD
  • Carpenters Rose, 26 The Broadway, Mill Hill, London, NW7 3NL
  • Ezran Law, Churchill House, 120 Bunns Lane, London, London, NW7 2AS
  • Saul Marine & Co Solicitors, Churchill House, 120 Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, London, Greater London, NW7 2AS
  • Landlord Action Limited, Concorde House, Grenville Place, London, NW7 3SA

Planning law solicitors in Mill Hill regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Mill Hill practicing in planning law. This may include advice on planning applications and appeals
  • Moerans, 123 Station Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 7JR
  • Barnett Alexander Conway Ingram Llp, Sovereign House, 1 Albert Place, Ballards Lane, London, N3 1QB
  • Pindoria Solicitors Limited, 1st Floor, 502 Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 1JR
  • Yugin & Partners, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4RY
  • Ellistons Slp Solicitors Limited, 51-53 The Broadway, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4DJ

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

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