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Widnes Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 August was the busiest month and September was the next busiest month while March was the least busiest month of the year for conveyancing in Widnes
  • 2 Average time from start to completion was 87 days for conveyancing in Widnes
  • 3 Average Stamp Duty Payable for this year to date was £1,541
  • 4 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 5 79% freehold and 21% leasehold conveyancing in Widnes for this year to date

Examples of recent conveyancing in Widnes since November 2023*

Sale

of semi-detached residence, Dorothea Crescent, WA8 3AH completing on 21/11/2023 at a price of £392,000. The conveyancing process included amongst the various tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, sending the transfer to the vendor for execution in preparation for completion, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client

Sale

of terraced residence, Redwing Lane, L25 4RU completing on 28/11/2023 at a price of £330,000. The legal transfer of property included amongst the various tasks: sending conveyancing papers to buyers representatives, taking formal instructions from and updating the seller client, sending title deeds and signed transfer to buyer’s conveyancer

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Widnes

We were about to choose a conveyancing solicitor in Widnes listed on your site but stumbled across alternative costs illustrations via the web seem less expensive – how come?

One can find many firms of solicitors offering theoretically looks to be cut price. We suggest that you think long and hard about how much you respect your own move to you are willing to be penny wise pound foolish in relation to the quality of the conveyancing. Many of them highlight a low fee to tease you but hide additional charges in the fine print..

We are planning to acquire a flat and require a conveyancing solicitor in Widnes who is on the Santander approved panel. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a solicitor?

Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Santander . We don't recommend any particular firms conducting conveyancing in Widnes.

My stepmother pointed out to me me that in buying a property in Widnes there could be various restrictions affecting the ability to carry out external alterations to a property. Is this right?

There are a number of properties in Widnes which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to perform external changes. Part of the conveyancing in Widnes should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.

We are purchasing a terrace house in Widnes. Our aim is to carry out an extension to the side at the property.Will legal work on the property include checks to ascertain if these alterations are allowed?

Your solicitor should review the deeds as conveyancing in Widnes will sometimes identify restrictions in the title documents which prohibit certain alterations or require the consent of another owner. Many works call for local authority planning permissions and approval under the building regulations. Many areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which frequently prevent or affect extensions. You should check these things with a surveyor ahead of any purchase.

How can we know in advance if a Widnes conveyancing solicitor on the RBS panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Widnes seeking recommendations is a sensible starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always suggest that you speak with the lawyer handling your conveyancing.

How does conveyancing in Widnes differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Widnes approach us having been asked by the housebuilder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is finished. This is because house builders in Widnes typically buy the land, 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 property lawyers 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 Widnes or who has acted in the same development.

I have been on the look out for a flat up to £305k and identified one close by in Widnes I like with a park and station nearby, however it only has 49 years unexpired on the lease. There is not much else in Widnes suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a short lease?

If you need a home loan that many years will likely be an issue. Discount the price by the anticipated lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the existing owner has owned the property for a minimum of twenty four months you may ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the current lease term with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this.

I am employed by a reputable estate agent office in Widnes where we see a few leasehold sales derailed due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given conflicting advice from local Widnes conveyancing firms. Could you shed some light as to whether the owner of a flat can initiate the lease extension formalities for the buyer?

Provided that the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the buyer need not have to sit tight for 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

An alternative approach is 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 buyer.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Widnes regulated by the SRA

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

  • Forster Dean Limited, First Floor, Old Town Hall, Victoria Square, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7QZ
  • Byrne Frodsham & Co, 1-3 Deacon Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6EB
  • Nyland & Beattie, 61-63 Albert Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6JS
  • Jones Robertson, 131 Albert Rd, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6LF
  • Bell Lamb & Joynson, Halton 5 Office Centre, Halton Lea, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 2FT

Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Widnes

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Widnes practicing in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This could include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Simply Social Housing Limited, Oid Bank House, 1a Deacon Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6EA
  • Nyland & Beattie, 61-63 Albert Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6JS
  • Jones Robertson, 131 Albert Rd, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 6LF
  • Primas Law Limited, Cinnabar Court, 5300 Daresbury Park, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4GE
  • Gary Williams Solicitors Limited, Grasmere House, 155 Leathers Lane, Halewood, Liverpool, Merseyside, L26 1XG

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Widnes regulated by the CLC

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Widnes but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.
  • Holbrook & Co , 7 Palmyra Square South, WA1 1BL
  • Dickensons Property Lawyers, 23 Museum Street, WA1 1JA

Neighboring Locations

Prescot
Whiston
Rainhill
Widnes
Runcorn
Frodsham

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

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