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Reasons to use our Watford conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Using a local Solicitor in the main means that you will receive a more personal touch. Online forums bear testimony to the idea that in using a large conveyancing firm, your transaction is handled by a team of people who check what is happening on the file by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 2 Watford lawyer are the linchpin to a successful Watford home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your conveyancing
  • 3 The mark of a good conveyancing solicitor in Watford is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by national chain estate agents) often falls short of the high standards of professionalism you will expect.
  • 4 Watford lawyers have a significant edge when it comes to Watford conveyancing as they have valuable local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other matters that can affect your sale or purchase
  • 5 The accumulation of transactions means that Watford conveyancer have established valuable links with Watford local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of undertaking your home move in Watford.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Watford since September 2023*

Transfer

of terraced residence, Nascot Street, WD17 4RB completing on 07/09/2023 at a price of £630,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: dealing with appropriate requisitions and enquiries, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, ordering official copies of the title

Purchase

of apartment Alexandra Road WD17 4BS, purchased for £142,500. Leasehold conveyancing legalities included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, agreeing completion date with parties

Transfer

of apartment London Road WD23 2NN, at the agreed sum of £350,000. Leasehold conveyancing included: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in readiness for completion, setting up the completion formalities

Sale

of terraced residence, Belgrave Avenue, WD18 7UE completing on 08/09/2023 at a price of £415,000. The conveyancing process incorporates some of the following tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, ordering official copies of the title, sending title deeds and signed transfer to purchaser’s conveyancer

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Watford

Can I use your services to locate a Conveyancing solicitor in Watford even where I’m not purchasing or disposing of a house, for instance if I intend to buy an office in Watford with a mortgage from Bank of Ireland?

Our comparison service is mainly used to get a quote from residential conveyancing solicitors in Watford but we have listed towards the end of this page some Watford commercial conveyancing firms. You will need to enquire with the company directly to see if they are also authorised to represent Bank of Ireland

We are getting the release of further monies on our mortgage from Kent Reliance as we want to conduct renovations to our house in Watford. Do we need to appoint a high street Watford solicitor on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel to handle the paperwork?

Kent Reliance do not ordinarily appoint a member of their approved list of lawyers to handle the formalities. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel.

I've read lots of house buying guides, I note that it is considered advisable to get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Watford solicitor - who is on the Aldermore conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?

Aldermore will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Aldermore will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Watford surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.

My sealed bid on a property in Watford has been accepted, the owners do however have a tied purchase. The owners have placed an offer on on an apartment, however it’s not yet agreed to, and have viewings of other apartments in the pipeline. I have chosen a high street conveyancing solicitor in Watford. What do I do now? When do I get the mortgage application with Barclays started?

It is normal to have concerns where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to incur expenses too early (home loan application is in the region of £1k, then valuation, Watford conveyancing search fees, etc). First, you should ensure that your conveyancing practitioner is on the Barclays conveyancing panel. As to the subsequent steps this very much dictated by the uniqueness of your case, attraction to this property and on the state of the market. In a buoyant market some buyers would apply for the mortgage with Barclays and pay for the valuation and only if it comes back ok would they ask their property lawyer to move forward with the conveyancing in Watford.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build flat in Watford. Conveyancing is necessary evil at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build conveyancing.

Set out below is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Watford

    Please confirm the Lease plans are architect prepared. There must be mutual enforceability of lessee’s covenants. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Please supply evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided.

Due to the guidance of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Watford in advance of retaining solicitors. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold aspect to the house. Our surveyor advised that some banks will refuse to give a loan on a flying freehold premises.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Lloyds has different instructions from Nationwide. Should you wish to call us we can look into this further via the appropriate bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Watford. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Watford especially if they are familiar with such properties in Watford.

What is different about your site and alternative internet conveyancing brokers for conveyancing in Watford?

At this site get an accurate costs illustration from a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer that has a full understanding of the nuances for your conveyancing in Watford. As opposed to estate agents and brokerage sites we are not in the business of charging firms a commission if you instruct them for your home move in Watford

I only have Fifty years remaining on my lease in Watford. I need to get lease extension but my landlord is missing. What should I do?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be granted an extra 90 years by the Court. You will be obliged to prove that you have done all that could be expected to find the lessor. In some cases a specialist would be useful to carry out a search and prepare a report to be accepted by the court as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a property lawyer both on proving the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing Watford.

I have given up seeking a lease extension in Watford. Can this matter be resolved via the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal?

Most definitely. We can put you in touch with a Watford conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Watford flat is Flats 8, 11 and 15 Craigmore Court 46 Murray Road in December 2013. The tribunal held that the price payable by the Applicant tenant of Flat 8 to acquire an extended lease shall be £26,438 plus £1 to the intermediate lessee . The tribunal held that the price payable by the Applicant tenants of Flat 11 to acquire an extended lease shall be £26,791 plus £1 to the intermediate lessee. The tribunal held that the price payable by the Applicant tenant of Flat 15 to acquire an extended lease shall be £26,638 plus £1 to the intermediate lessee . This case was in relation to 3 flats. The remaining number of years on the lease was 71 years.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Watford regulated by the SRA

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

  • Paul Linton & Co, 17 King Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0BW
  • Penman Sedgwick Llp, 5 George Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0SQ
  • E M Ball & Co, 17 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1JR
  • Jeremy Simon & Co, 72a St. Marys Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0WQ
  • Arkrights Solicitors, 15-17 Exchange Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0JD

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Watford regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Watford practicing in commercial conveyancing in Watford. This may include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Paul Linton & Co, 17 King Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0BW
  • Penman Sedgwick Llp, 5 George Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0SQ
  • Stephen Ryan Associates Ltd, C/o Hillier Hopkins Llp, First Floor, Radius House, 51 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1HP
  • Robert Ryall Associates Ltd, First Floor, Radius House, 51 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1HP
  • Christopher Wilks Associates Ltd, C/o Hillier Hopkins Llp, First Floor, Radius House, 51 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1HP

Planning law solicitors in Watford regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Watford with expertise in planning law. The solicitors can give expert legal advice on all aspects of planning, including special planning controls
  • Paul Fallon & Company, 87-89 Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD18 0PT
  • Ellistons Slp Solicitors Limited, 51-53 The Broadway, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4DJ
  • Yugin & Partners, Jubilee House, Merrion Avenue, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4RY
  • Pindoria Solicitors Limited, 1st Floor, 502 Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 1JR
  • Hb Public Law Ltd, Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 2UH

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