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Top 5 reasons to use our service to assist you select a local conveyancing solicitor in St Albans

  • 1 On the balance of probabilities the the solicitors for the other party have offices in St Albans - if so both parties will be less confrontational
  • 2 We are the UKs largest residential conveyancing directory service identifying mortgage company approved law firms carrying out conveyancing in St Albans registered with the SRA or Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
  • 3 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these organisations are often located hundreds of miles away with limited appreciation of the factors that affect property transactions in St Albans
  • 4 You can gain comfort when you choose the very best, most recommended conveyancing solicitors. St Albans has a number to pick from, but for a truly dependable and reliable service many local people have been use the endorsement of this site.
  • 5 Retaining the services of a local Solicitor on the whole means that you will receive a more personalised service. When using a an online conveyancing factory, your conveyancing is dealt with by a team of people who who update you by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.

Examples of recent conveyancing in St Albans since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in St Albans

Are the BSA planning on creating a searchable register to to identify law firms on the Loughborough BS conveyancing panel for example in St Albans?

We would not expect to be advised of any plans on the part of the BSA to develop such a search facility.

This question may be naive but I am wet behind the ears as FTB of a two bedroom flat in St Albans. Do I collect the keys to the premises on the completion date from my conveyancer? If this is the case, I will use a High Street conveyancing solicitor in St Albans?

On the day of completion you do not need to go to the conveyancers office in St Albans. Conveyancing lawyers for you will electronically transfer the completion advance to the owner’s lawyers, and once they have received this, you will be able to collect the keys from the selling Agents and start moving into the property. This tends to happen early afternoon.

When it comes to mortgage companies such as Leeds Building Society, do St Albans conveyancing practitioners have to pay an annual charge to be on the conveyancing panel?

We are not aware of any mortgage company fees to be on their list of approved firms, although some do charge an administration fee to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.

I am selling my house. I had a double glazing fitted in September 2006, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My purchaser’s lender, Clydesdale are being pedantic. The St Albans solicitor who is on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel is recommending indemnity insurance as a solution but Clydesdale are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Clydesdale have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Clydesdale have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Clydesdale may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

The deeds to our home are lost. The solicitors who handled the conveyancing in St Albans 4 years ago no longer exist. Will I be able to sell the house?

These day there are duplicates made of almost everything, and your conveyancer should be aware exactly where to locate all the suitable paperwork so you can buy or sell your property without a hitch. Where copies can’t be located, your solicitor can put in place insurance or indemnities against future claims on the property.

How does conveyancing in St Albans differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build premises in St Albans contact us having been asked by the builder to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is finished. This is because developers in St Albans tend to acquire 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 conveyancers 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 used to new build conveyancing in St Albans or who has acted in the same development.

I decided to have a survey done on a property in St Albans before instructing conveyancers. I have been informed that there is a flying freehold element to the property. Our surveyor has said that some banks tend not issue a mortgage on such a house.

It varies from the lender to lender. HSBC has different requirements from Nationwide. Should you wish to telephone us we can check via the appropriate lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in St Albans. Conveyancing may be slightly more expensive based on your lender's requirements.

I would like to rent out my leasehold flat in St Albans. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask him. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?

A small minority of properties in St Albans do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably refuse but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience dictates that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting permission.

St Albans Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Queries Prior to buying

    Please inform me if there are any major works anticipated that will increase the maintenance fees? It would be wise to investigate if the the lease includes any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. By way of example some leases prohibit pets being allowed in in a block in St Albans. If you love the propertyin St Albans yet your dog can’t make the move with you then you have a very hard compromise. How many years are left on the lease?

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in St Albans regulated by the SRA

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

  • Bretherton Law Ltd, Alban Row, 27-31 Verulam Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DG
  • Turner & Co, Suite 12, Arquen House, 4-6 Spicer Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4PQ
  • Photiades Solicitors Ltd, Longmire House, 36-38 London Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1NG
  • Sa Law Llp, Gladstone Place, 36-38 Upper Marlborough Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3UU
  • Debenhams Ottaway Llp, Ivy House, 107 St. Peters Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EW

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in St Albans regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in St Albans practicing in commercial conveyancing in St Albans. This could include advice on taking a commercial lease as a tenant
  • Bretherton Law Ltd, Alban Row, 27-31 Verulam Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4DG
  • Sony Sadaf Haroon Solicitors, 1st and 2nd Floor, 6 Victoria Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JB
  • Photiades Solicitors Ltd, Longmire House, 36-38 London Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1NG
  • Sa Law Llp, Gladstone Place, 36-38 Upper Marlborough Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3UU
  • Debenhams Ottaway Llp, Ivy House, 107 St. Peters Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3EW

Planning law solicitors in St Albans regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The practices listed below are a small selection of solicitors in St Albans 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
  • Perrins Solicitors Llp, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US
  • Alban Perrin Limited, 10 Waterside, Station Road, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 4US

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