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Conveyancing in Islington

Conveyancing is the legal transfer of a property from a seller to a buyer. handled by a solicitor or licenced conveyancer. If you're looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Islington, you're in the right place. Get a fast & proactive solicitor from a nationwide panel of conveyancing experts.

We have helped clients in Islington and throughout London with buying, selling, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Edmonton, Finchley, Hampstead, North London and London

Islington Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Islington

The north London borough of Islington stretches from the City of London to the boundary of Haringey. It includes the districts of Angel, Archway, Clerkenwell, Highbury, Holloway and Old Street.

In recent years its economy has been boosted by the rise tech businesses and start up hubs. With an eclectic range of property, thriving local scene and excellent transport links to London Islington is a popular place to live. It is one of the most expensive 10 boroughs in London, with average house prices more than 3 times the national average.

Islington house prices

The average price paid for a property in Islington between March and April 2024 was £668,635 (updated July 2024).

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Council Tax in Islington (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,209.77
B £1,411.40
C £1,613.03
D £1,814.66
E £2,217.92
F £2,621.17
G £3,024.43
H £3,629.32

What does an Islington property lawyer do?

A solicitor guides you through the legal side of a home purchase. Your lawyer will raise enquires of the seller, order searches, review the contract of sale and ensure that post-purchase requirements, such as registering the property ownership with the Land Registry and paying Stamp Duty Land Tax, are completed.

Islington conveyancing solicitors could also undertake checks for leasehold issues, such as excessive service charges and ground rents.

Are you purchasing a property with a mortgage?

When you purchase a property, your solicitor also needs to carry out some legal work for your mortgage bank. Your transaction could take weeks longer and cost you more in the process if your conveyancer is not on your bank or building society's panel.

More than 100 lenders have approved our chosen panel lawyers. We can help you complete your Islington transaction smoothly.

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We can also assist Islington buyers with the legal work for:

Conservation areas

When you buy a home in a conservation area, your lawyer will need to check for restrictions on how you can use the home, e.g. access rights or noise level restrictions.

Conservation areas in Islington and the London local authority include:

  • St Helen's Place
  • Guildhall
  • Newgate Street
  • St Paul's Cathedral

Listed buildings

There are around half a million listed properties in England and Wales, 1,050 of which are in London Borough of Islington.

Islington listed buildings include:

  • Archway Bridge, Archway Road, Non Civil Parish, Islington, Haringey, Greater London Authority
  • The Rydon Arms Public House, Arlington Avenue N1 Islington, Islington, Greater London Authority
  • 217 And 219 New North Road N1 Islington, Islington, Greater London Authority
  • 51-53 Charterhouse Street, Islington, Islington, Greater London Authority
  • 70 Essex Road, Islington, Islington, Greater London Authority

Buying and owning a listed building can be a lot more complicated. Our expert conveyancing solicitor panel will help you understand what duties your ownership will impose. Examples include consent for additions like satellite dishes or external lighting, and an obligation to protect significant internal features like fireplaces.

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Buying a Shared Ownership property

The legal process when buying a shared ownership property involves acquiring only a share of a property. Shared ownership conveyancing can be more involved than buying the home outright.

With extensive specialist experience, our expert panel of solicitors can help you with your shared ownership purchase or staircasing.

Leasehold flats

Buying a leasehold property in England or Wales is significantly more complex than buying a freehold property. The many potential traps awaiting the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like and unfair clauses in the lease.

A specialist leasehold solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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Selling a property in Islington

When selling homes in Islington, your conveyancer will arrange all the necessary documentation, including the contract of sale and ID forms, and will help you answer these forms. The conveyancer will address potential issues, reply to the buyer's solicitor's inquiries and handle the mortgage redemption.

The solicitor will also liaise with key parties, like agents, lenders and landlords, so the sale completes without delay.

Does sale conveyancing take longer for leasehold?

Correct, it can take much longer to conduct the conveyancing to sell leasehold properties, compared to the sale of a freehold property.

The buyer's solicitor must review these documents, like management company information and three years' filed accounts for the property management. Delays are usually caused by the time needed by your lawyer to source this information.

It could take several weeks to collect this paperwork if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent or they are slow to respond, so your solicitor should get this underway even before you have found a buyer.

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Selling a leasehold flat? What to do before going on the market

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Remortgage conveyancing

The official base rate is 5.25% (19 July, 2024)

You will need to verify the solicitor that you want to carry out the legal work for your remortgage is on your mortgage lender's panel before you instruct your solicitor.

We work with remortgage solicitors who are on the solicitor panels of over 100 banks and building societies. Whether you are changing to an offset mortgage with TSB or moving to a home reversion mortgage with Birmingham Midshires, we can help take care of the legal side.

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Transferring Equity in Islington

Whether you are buying out an ex-partner after a separation, inheritance tax planning or transferring the ownership of your home to your daughter, son or other family member, you will need to transfer equity. Your property lawyer will complete the legal work for a fixed fee.

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Conveyancing costs in Islington: What to expect

Conveyancing fees

These fees are what your solicitor or conveyancer charges you for the work they complete. The quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, that you pay when the property transaction is complete.

Disbursements

The conveyancing quote should also include any disbursements, which are third-party costs, including Stamp Duty, property searches and a commons registration search.

Check the quote for hidden costs

When comparing quotes, watch out for additional charges. Some firms list extra charges in their terms and conditions. This can mean a higher-than-expected final bill.

Article by Completely Moved authors

The Completely Moved team have years of experience helping home buyers, sellers and owners, answering questions and providing property advice.

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