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Northampton Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 86% freehold and 14% leasehold conveyancing in Northampton for this year to date
  • 2 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £5,486
  • 3 125 is the median number of years remaining on leases in Northampton
  • 4 Average time frame of 47 days for registration of title in Northampton
  • 5 Average time from start to completion was 67 days for conveyancing in Northampton

Examples of recent conveyancing in Northampton since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Northampton

The loan offer from Santander for the refinancing of my 2 room garden flat is coming within the next few days. Are you able to propose a low cost conveyancing law firm in Northampton?

This site is not designed to aid those in pursuit of the lowest fares for conveyancing in Northampton. Our intention is to offer cost effective conveyancing but we do not aim to work with the cheapest lawyers. Do not be swayed by organisations offering low cost conveyancing in Northampton. The optimum outcome, in going for cheap conveyancing, you will end up with what you pay for and at worst you will end up with a surprising uplift in extras and still not get the service expected.

We are expecting a mortgage offer soon. The bank mentioned the home loan came with free conveyancing. Is the implication that I have to appoint their panel conveyancer as I would much rather appoint a local conveyancing solicitor in Northampton?

You should check but the the likelihood is that appoint one of their panel lawyers where you accept the "fee-free" deal. Call the mortgage company and determine if they allow a cash alternative. In the past a few mortgage companies offered a £250 cashback as an alternative in which case you could put that amount towards your preferred conveyancing solicitor in Northampton.

My partner and I are close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our home in Northampton and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being built on contaminated land. A high street Northampton conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers used a nationwide conveyancing firm rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Northampton. We have lived in Northampton for 5 years we know that this is a non issue. Is it a good idea to contact our local Authority to get confirmation that there is no issue.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor currently acting for you. What do they say? You should enquire of 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)

Over the last few months I have been searching for a ground for flat up to £195,000 and found one close by in Northampton I like with a park and station in the vicinity, however it's only got 61 years unexpired on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Northampton for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error acquiring a short lease?

Should you require a mortgage that many years may be a potential deal breaker. Discount the price by the expected lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current owner has owned the premises for at least 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 term with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing lawyer regarding this.

I work for a long established estate agency in Northampton where we have experienced a few leasehold sales derailed as a result of short leases. I have received conflicting advice from local Northampton conveyancing firms. Can you confirm whether the vendor of a flat can instigate the lease extension formalities for the buyer?

As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to commence the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer can avoid having to sit tight for 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

Alternatively, it may be possible to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.

Northampton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Questions you should ask Prior to Purchasing

    Best to be warned whether a new roof is being put on or some other major work is anticipated that will be shared amongst the leaseholders and will dramatically increase the the service fees or result in a specific invoice. The answer will be useful as a) areas can cause problems in the building as the communal areas may begin to deteriorate if maintenance are not paid for b) if the leaseholders have an issue with the running of the building you will want to have complete disclosure Make sure you find out if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. For instance plenty of leases prohibit pets being allowed in in a block in Northampton. If you like the propertyin Northampton however your cat is not allowed to live with you then you will be faced hard choice.

Two months into a sale of a flat in Northampton. Conveyancing solicitors are doing their job but we have been asked to pay an extortionate amount from the managing agents. To date we have paid £268 for a leasehold management information and then a further £200 plus VAT for responses to questions raised by the purchaser's conveyancer.

Neither you or your conveyancer will have any say over the level of the fee for this information however the average fee for the information for Northampton leasehold property is £355. For Northampton conveyancing transactions it is usual for the vendor to cover the charges. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions although many will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices out of proportion to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that mandates capped fees for administrative tasks. There is no prescriptive time frame by which they are duty bound to supply the information.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Northampton

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Northampton specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Franklins Solicitors Llp, 11-13 Castilian Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1JS
  • Scott Fowler Llp, Old Church Chambers, 23-24 Sandhill Road, St James, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 5LH
  • Key Conveyancing Llp, St Edmunds House, St Edmunds Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5DY
  • Borneo Martell Turner Coulston Llp, 29 Billing Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5DQ
  • Howes Percival Llp, Oxford House, Cliftonville, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PN

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Northampton regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Northampton practicing in commercial conveyancing in Northampton. This may include advice on buying or selling a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail unit
  • Franklins Solicitors Llp, 11-13 Castilian Street, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1JS
  • Mason Bullock, 4 Albion Place, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1UD
  • Max Engel & Co Llp, 8 Hazelwood Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 1LP
  • Scott Fowler Llp, Old Church Chambers, 23-24 Sandhill Road, St James, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN5 5LH
  • Key Conveyancing Llp, St Edmunds House, St Edmunds Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5DY

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Northampton regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Northampton but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Goodchild Vizard & Smart, 44 Hazelwood Road, NN1 1LN
  • Right Choice Conveyancing Ltd, Regents Pavilion, NN3 6BJ

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

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