Conveyancing Solicitors in Waltham Abbey

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Conveyancing in Waltham Abbey

Conveyancing is the legal process of buying and selling property, where a solicitor ensures that the transfer of ownership complies with legal requirements. If you need a solicitor for conveyancing in Waltham Abbey, we can help you with fast & proactive conveyancing from a national panel of conveyancing specialists.

We have years of experience helping homemovers in Waltham Abbey and throughout Epping Forest handle their sale, purchase, buy-to-let, Help to Buy, Right to Buy, shared ownership, new build, leasehold, lease extensions, remortgage and transfer of equity.

Other areas covered: Epping, Harlow, Hoddesdon, Loughton and Potters Bar

Waltham Abbey Conveyancing Solicitors

Buying property in Waltham Abbey

A market town in Essex, Waltham Abbey is known for the historic Waltham Abbey Church, Lee Valley White Water Centre, and a range of local amenities. The town offers a balance of history and modern living.

Located close to the M25, Waltham Abbey provides good road links. The town has a population of approximately 21,000.

Waltham Abbey house prices

The average price paid for a property in Waltham Abbey between February and March 2024 was £282,776 (updated June 2024).

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Council Tax in Waltham Abbey (2023/24)

Waltham Abbey is in Epping Forest District Council.

Band Amount
A £1,334.83
B £1,557.30
C £1,779.78
D £2,002.25
E £2,447.19
F £2,892.14
G £3,337.08
H £4,004.50

What does a Waltham Abbey property lawyer do?

In a property purchase, the solicitor will take care of the technical side of transferring ownership from the seller to the buyer.

Your solicitor will perform due diligence on the property, such as raising questions for the seller's solicitor, obtaining searches from relevant authorities, such as Epping Forest Council, handling the transfer of funds and registering your ownership of the property at HMLR.

In addition to standard searches, Waltham Abbey conveyancing solicitors may carry out flood risk assessments due to large low-lying areas, and potential for London's green belt issues.

Are you purchasing a property with a mortgage?

When purchasing property with a mortgage, it is standard practice for your solicitor to also act for your bank or building society.

Panel approval will mean your solicitor can act for your mortgage provider.

Over 100 lenders have approved our chosen panel lawyers, so we can help you complete your Waltham Abbey transaction without delay.

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Conservation areas

When purchasing a property in a conservation area, your solicitor will check for restrictive covenants, which could include street appearance restrictions, and heritage access.

Conservation areas in Waltham Abbey and the Epping Forest local authority include Waltham Abbey, York Hill, Loughton and Moreton.

Listed buildings

There are over 500,000 listed buildings across the country - around 1,360 of which are in Epping Forest District Council.

Waltham Abbey listed buildings and properties include:

  • Ministry Of Defence Number L168 (Engine House And Mechanics' Shop), Waltham Abbey, Royal Gunpowder Factory, Epping Forest, Essex
  • Ministry Of Defence Building L149 (Group E Incorporating Mills), Waltham Abbey, Royal Gunpowder Factory, Epping Forest, Essex
  • Ministry Of Defence Building L153 (Group D Incorporating Mills), Waltham Abbey, Royal Gunpowder Factory, Epping Forest, Essex
  • Ministry Of Defence Building L145 (Group F Incorporating Mills), Waltham Abbey, Royal Gunpowder Factory, Epping Forest, Essex
  • Ministry Of Defence Building L148 (Group G Incorporating Mills), Waltham Abbey, Royal Gunpowder Factory, Epping Forest, Essex

Buying and owning a listed building can be a lot more complicated. Our expert conveyancing solicitor panel will offer guidance on the commitments a listed building owner must make. Examples include consent for additions like satellite dishes or external lighting, and .

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Buying a leasehold property

Purchasing a leasehold house or flat can be complex when compared to purchasing a freehold. The many potential traps lying in wait for the unsuspecting buyer can include legally technical issues like incomplete management company accounts and onerous clauses in the lease.

Your conveyancing solicitor will look into all potential issues with the lease and report back to you.

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Selling a house or flat in Waltham Abbey

The sale of a property in Waltham Abbey will require the solicitor to first compile key documents, including title deeds and ID forms.

The duties of a seller's solicitor includes responding to the buyer's solicitor's enquiries and addressing snags like missing paperwork.

Your lawyer will also coordinate with all stakeholders, including estate agents and banks or building societies, to make sure your sale is completed without incident.

Does a leasehold property take longer to sell?

Compared to freehold property, yes. The legal work for selling a leasehold property usually takes longer.

The buyer's solicitor will need to review this leasehold-related paperwork, like a copy of the freehold property's buildings insurance and an up-to-date statement of service charges. Delays are usually caused by the time required by your lawyer to source this information.

It could take several weeks to collect this information if it is difficult to contact the agent responsible for managing the property, so the seller's solicitor should commence this even before you have found a buyer.

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Remortgaging a property in Waltham Abbey

The Bank of England's current base rate is 5.25% (24 June, 2024)

Before you appoint a solicitor, you should confirm that your solicitor is able to act for your lender.

Our partner panel solicitors are on the legal panels of over 100 banks and building societies, so whether you are changing to a 25-year mortgage with Nationwide or taking out a first time buyer mortgage from Secure Trust Bank, we can help take care of the legal side.

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Transfer of equity in Waltham Abbey

If you want to restructure the ownership of your home, whether you are tax planning for the future, adding one or more people to the deeds or transferring the ownership of a property (in part or in full) to your children, a transfer of equity is required.

Your conveyancer can handle the legal work for a low, fixed fee.

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How much are solicitors' conveyancing fees in Waltham Abbey?

Conveyancing solicitors fees

These fees are what your solicitor charges you for the legal work that they complete during your transaction. The conveyancing quote will detail the fees for the legal work, including VAT, to be paid when the conveyancing transaction completes.

Disbursements (third party costs)

Your quote should also list any disbursements, which are costs paid to third parties on your behalf, such as Stamp Duty, property searches and a managing agent information pack.

Check for additional fees

If you are comparing quotes, make sure you question any charges not set out in your initial quote. Some firms set out additional charges in the small print. This can mean a final bill that is higher than the original quote.

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

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