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Residential Conveyancing

Residential Conveyancing

Even when it’s planned long in advance, moving house has the reputation of being the most stressful of everyday experiences.

However you do it, buying or selling a home is fraught with complications and potential pitfalls – many of which it is impossible for anyone but an expert to anticipate – and if you’re both buying and selling, those complications are doubled.

When all you want is for things to go smoothly, with no nasty, last minute surprises, Barr Ellison can provide the expertise you need – a highly experienced team of Residential Conveyancers who know exactly what to look for, and who can take the major hassles off your hands.

"I cannot recommend the Cambridge conveyancing team highly enough for their unfailing courtesy, calmness and understanding."
Pamela Gatrell, Cambridge

Can you find a cheaper service? It’s possible (though we’re actually very reasonable). Ask our clients about the service, however, and it’s not the money they speak of – rather that we ‘just did it, with the minimum of fuss’. That means less stress for you, and a happier outcome.

"The conveyancing team provided exemplary service, not just doing their own job but by holding the chain together."
Kimberley Hall, Cambridge

So how do we do it? Here’s just some of the ways we can make all the difference to this all-important time in your life.
• There’s not much we haven’t seen before so when something unusual does arise, we know how to deal with it
• Who you see is who you get! We’re not a faceless team on the end of a phone. You will have a dedicated conveyancer looking after your transaction from start to finish to ensure that you get the best possible service
• We move with the times. We use up to date software and tools to ensure that we can process information as quickly as possible, including direct access to Land Registry records and search agencies. And if email is better for you than “snail mail” then that’s what we’ll use, wherever possible
• We must be doing something right! Most of our clients have been introduced to us by other satisfied clients, and over 95% of our client feedback questionnaires rate us highly.

Call us on 01223 417200 and ask for the Residential Conveyancing Team

"We have used Barr Ellison Solicitors for our house conveyancing ever since 1981. So have our parents. On our most recent sale we have again received excellent, professional service throughout."
Mrs J Coulson, Duxford

"Thanks for the good news about the completion of my house sale. Instead of a simple thank you Helen [Murphy], I would like to underline how grateful I am to you and Barr Ellison for all your help, advice, guidance and patience."
Laszlo Hegyi, Denmark

"I would like to thank the residential conveyancing team for your efficiency and for acting in such a professional manner."
Paul Chan, Hong Kong

"The service provided by the residential conveyancing team has been excellent."
Ben Clayden

"Thank you for your professional and client-focussed approach in our property move. It made our lives easier in a stressful time.”
Reverend Craddock, Welwyn Garden City

Your Right to a Lease Extension

There exists a right to extend a residential lease for almost all flat-owners. This right permits a flat-owner to ‘purchase’ a longer lease term from the landlord at market price, provided certain conditions are met:

• The residential lease dwelling must be an apartment (different rules apply to houses on long leases).
• The tenant must have been a qualifying tenant for at least two years. A qualifying tenant is one who holds a long lease of a residential property exceeding 21 years. It is not a requirement that you live in the apartment.

The new lease will expire 90 years after the date on which the existing lease expires. The right to a lease extension includes a right to reduce the ground rent to zero.

If possible, it is important to consider extending your lease before the lease term falls below 82 years. This is because the cost of extending your lease can increase significantly if the term falls below 80 years and it is wise to allow time to deal with the extension claim. You can find more detailed information on the lease extension process .

We can assist with your lease extension whether it is done by informal arrangement with your freeholder or if it is done formally under the Leasehold Reform Act 1993

If you receive any notice from your landlord, you should make contact with us as soon as possible, as there are strict time limits imposed.

Call 01223 417200 and ask for the Residential Conveyancing Team

Apartment Block Purchases

A growing number of leaseholders are investigating the possibility of buying the freehold of their house or flat, and Barr Ellison has become one of the leading firms in Cambridge acting for leaseholders in this field.

The advantages to leaseholders are clear – it allows them to manage their own building and grant themselves long leases. However, the process can be complicated, particularly where flats are concerned.

We can assist with the following transactions:

Blocks of flats
• Purchase of the freehold of a block of flats under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (where the landlord offers the freehold to the leaseholders)
• Purchase of the freehold of a block of flats under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 (where the leaseholders initiate the process)

Leasehold houses
• Purchase of freeholds under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967

If you receive any notice from your landlord, you should make contact with us as soon as possible, as there are strict time limits imposed.

Call 01223 417200 and ask for the Residential Conveyancing Team