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5 reasons to use our service to assist you select a high street conveyancing solicitor in St James

  • 1 Our site is the only site offering you the facility to check that your property ownership legalities in St James will be conducted by a solicitor on your bank member panel.
  • 2 St James lawyers have a crucial edge when it comes to St James conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that can impact your conveyancing
  • 3 The accumulation of transactions means that St James lawyer have developed excellent working relationships with St James 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 conveyancing in St James.
  • 4 On the balance of probabilities the the solicitors for the other party are located in St James - if so sets of conveyancers will be familiar
  • 5 Personal touch and pure property experience are key benefits that you should value when selecting conveyancing solicitors. St James property deals can become significantly more stressful because of poor communication between all the parties. The lawyers we work with endeavour to make sure that communication channels are open and act on arising issues and developments expeditiously.

Examples of recent conveyancing in St James since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in St James

What is the best way to search for the right solicitor who can give a high level service for my conveyancing in St James?

First ask your friends and family who they would recommend.

Option 2 is to look on the internet for conveyancing in St James. Call a couple or more firms listed and ask them to email you their conveyancing quote and discuss your needs with the solicitor who will conduct your legal process beforecommitting.

Option 3 is to make use of our search tool to help you find the right lawyers for you based on your personal expectations including area of the property,deadlines, complexity and who the proposed mortgage company is. Avoid the trap of appointing £99 conveyancing in St James

I am the registered owner of a freehold residence in St James yet charged rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in St James and has limited impact for conveyancing in St James but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of new rentcharges from 1977 onwards.

Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 is to be extinguished.

We are purchasing a apartment in St James. I might seem paranoid but how we can trust a lawyer? At some point we will need to send our life savings into their account. What protection do we have from them run away with our money?

Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.

I currently have a mortgage with Santander for my property in St James. Conveyancing was finalised a year ago. Should I wish to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Santander?

Your original mortgage agreement with Santander will provide that you need their approval prior to letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Santander’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Santander directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Santander conveyancing panel lawyer.

It is unclear whether my lender requires a lease extension. I have called my St James bank branch on a couple of occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they will lend. My St James conveyancing solicitor - who is on the mortgage company conveyancing panel- called and was told they refuse to lend in accordance with their UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook minimum lease term requirements. I simply don't know who is right.

Your lawyer has to comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook Part 2 provisions for your bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the bank will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the mortgage company to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years left on the lease.

It has been 4 months following my purchase conveyancing in St James took place. I have checked the Land Registry site which shows that I paid £175,000 when infact I paid £180,000. Why the discrepancy?

The price paid figure is taken from the application to register the purchase. It is the figure included in the Transfer (the legal deed which transfers the property from one person to the other) and referred to as the 'consideration' or purchase price. You can report an error in the price paid figure using the LR online form. In most cases errors result from typos so at first glance the figure. Do report it so they can double check and advise.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a flat up to £235,500 and found one near me in St James I like with a park and railway links nearby, the downside is that it's only got 52 years on the lease. There is not much else in St James suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake acquiring a short lease?

If you require a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term may be an issue. Reduce the offer by the anticipated lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current proprietor has owned the property for a minimum of twenty four months you may request that they start the process of the extension 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 about this.

Given that I will soon spend over three hundred thousand on a two bedroom apartment in St James I wish to talk to a conveyancer concerning thetransaction ahead of giving the go ahead to the firm. Is this something that you can arrange?

We could not agree more - it is our preference to talk to you we do not take any clients on without you liaising with the solicitor due to be conducting your conveyancing in St James.There is no ‘factory style conveyancing’ - each client is unique person, not a matter reference. The solicitors that we put you in touch with believe that the figure you are quoted for your conveyancing in St James should be the figure that you are charged.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in St James regulated by the SRA

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

  • Svetlova Llp, 33 St. James's Square, London, England, SW1Y 4JS
  • Red Square (london) Ltd, 78 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Trousset Fawcett Ltd, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DW
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in St James regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in St James with expertise in commercial conveyancing in St James. This could include advice on commercial leases including all matters relating to landlord and tenant law
  • Red Square (london) Ltd, 78 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES
  • Vma Legal Services Limited, 4-12 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
  • Lsga Solicitors, 4th Floor, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0LP
  • Jane Secretarial Services Limited, Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5AU
  • L & P Nominees Ltd, Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5AU

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

The solicitors listed below are a small selection of solicitors in St James practicing in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including planning applications and appeals
  • Trousset Fawcett Ltd, 35 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0DW
  • Hcls Llp, 3rd Floor/carrington House, 126 – 130 Regent Street, London, London, W1B 5SE
  • Ahc Solicitors Limited, 1 Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5BW
  • Fortune Green Legal Practice Limited, Golden Cross House, 8 Duncannon Street, London, WC2N 4JF
  • Fletcher Day Ltd, 56 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YZ

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

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