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Conveyancing in Luton

Conveyancing is the series of legal steps a solicitor takes when transfering property ownership. Conveyancing can also refer to the legal side of a remortgage or equity transfer. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Luton, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have helped Luton and Bedfordshire clients 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: Bedford, Dunstable, Harpenden and Leighton Buzzard

Luton Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Luton

Luton's trade developed around the hat-making industry in the 18th century and by the 1930s, manufacturers were producing up to 70 million hats a year. Car manufacturing has also had an important role in the town's prosperity, and IBC vehicles employs around 1,000 people at its head office and commercial vehicle manufacturing plant in the town.

Situated in Bedfordshire and only 35 miles from London, and with comparatively low property prices, Luton has been hailed as key commuter town.

Our specialist conveyancing team answer some of the common questions put to us by Luton home buyers and sellers:

Luton house prices

The average price paid for a property in Luton between February and March 2024 was £275,696 (updated June 2024).

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Council Tax in Luton (2023/24)

Band Amount
A £1,404.43
B £1,638.50
C £1,872.57
D £2,106.64
E £2,574.78
F £3,042.92
G £3,511.07
H £4,213.28

What do Luton conveyancing solicitors do?

A conveyancer or solicitor steers the buyer through the legal aspects of buying a property.

The solicitor will order searches, raise questions for the seller's solicitor, review the contract of sale and complete any post-sale actions, like HMLR registration and paying Stamp Duty.

Luton conveyancing solicitors would also undertake searches for radon gas, planned rail lines and historic mining activity.

Buying a property with a mortgage?

During the conveyancing process, your solicitor must also complete the legal work on behalf of your mortgage bank.

Lender panel approval means your solicitor is able to represent your bank.

Our chosen partner solicitors have established relationships with the majority of lenders, so you can complete your purchase without delay.

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We can also assist Luton buyers with conveyancing for:

Buying a listed building

Somewhere in the region of half a million listed properties exist in England and Wales, 89 of which are in Luton Borough Council.

Luton listed buildings include:

  • Salters, Broadhembury, Luton, East Devon, Devon
  • Office Block, Vauxhall Motors, Kimpton Road, Luton, Luton
  • Red Lion Hotel, Castle Street, Luton, Luton
  • Little Bramingham Farmhouse, Bramingham Road, Luton, Luton
  • Great Northern Public House, 63 Bute Street, Luton, Luton

There are many additional things to consider when buying a listed building. Examples of the duties faced by listed property owners include use of traditional methods and materials for maintenance, and consent for any alterations that might change the character of the property. Our specialist panel of solicitors will offer guidance on what duties your ownership will impose.

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Buying a Shared Ownership property

You will need shared ownership conveyancing, when you buy a share in a property from a not-for-profit housing association. Purchasing a shared ownership home can be more involved than buying your property outright.

Whether you are buying a shared ownership property or staircasing, our panel solicitors will help you complete the procedure.

Leasehold flats

Over 90% of flats in the UK are leasehold. Leasehold houses are less common, but there are still an estimated 1 million such properties across the country. Buying a leasehold property can take weeks longer than a freehold property as the freeholder and/or managing agent are also involved.

Causes of numerous delays can range from missing leasehold documents to an unreachable freeholder.

Expert leasehold solicitors handle hundreds of leasehold transactions a month, and our proactive approach can mean faster conveyancing.

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Selling a house or flat in Luton

For the sale of a house or flat in Luton, your lawyer will arrange all the necessary documentation, including property information forms and the sale contract.

The solicitor's duties entail responding to enquiries from the buyer's solicitor, overcoming hurdles such as a landlord dispute and redeeming the mortgage.

To ensure the transaction is straightforward, your conveyancing solicitor will also coordinate with all stakeholders, such as agents, managing agents and lenders.

Does it take longer to sell a leasehold property?

Correct, it can take much more time to complete the legal work on a leasehold house or flat, compared to the sale of a freehold property.

The solicitor acting for the buyer must review several leasehold-related documents, such as a current statement of service charges. The time needed by the seller's conveyancer to gather this paperwork is usually the cause of these delays.

Your lawyer should start this process even before a sale has been agreed, as this paperwork could take several weeks to collect if it is difficult to contact the landlord or managing agent.

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

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Remortgage in Luton

The official base rate is 5.25% (24 June, 2024)

Before you instruct a remortgage solicitor, you should always check your lawyer's lender panel membership.

Quittance panel solicitors are approved members of the majority of mortgage lenders, so whether you are switching to an offset mortgage from TSB or moving to a first time buyer mortgage with Coventry Building Society, our experienced conveyancing team can guide you through the remortgage process.

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Luton Transfer of equity

Whether you are giving a property to a family member, buying out a joint owner or inheritance tax planning, you'll need a conveyancer to handle the transfer of equity. Your legal representative will handle all the required documentation and register the new interest at HM Land Registry for a fixed fee.

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How much are conveyancing fees in Luton?

You can get a quote in minutes, but making sense of what you actually be paying can be a challenge.

Conveyancing legal fees

These fees are what your conveyancer charges you for the tasks they complete on your behalf. Your conveyancing solicitor's quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, that you pay when the property transaction is complete.

Disbursements

Disbursements are additional costs on top of your conveyancer's fees for third-party costs incurred on your behalf. Third-party disbursements include Local authority searches, Stamp Duty or a managing agent information pack.

Check for hidden costs

When comparing quotes, beware of extra fees. Some firms include extra costs in the small print, resulting in a higher 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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