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Easter opening hours at Capital Conveyancing

Stop your hunt for Easter eggs this weekend and start your hunt for high-quality conveyancing services at Capital Conveyancing.

We’re open right across the bank holiday weekend and can answer any queries you have about sale or purchase conveyancing and provide you with a no-obligation quote for no-completion, no-fee conveyancing.

Capital Conveyancing’s Easter weekend opening hours are:

  • Good Friday, April 19, 9 am until 4 pm
  • Easter Saturday, April 20, 9 am until 4 pm
  • Easter Sunday, April 21, 9 am until 4 pm
  • Easter Monday, April 22, 9 am until 4 pm

Home buyers caught out by extra expenses for moving

Best do your sums properly if you plan to move home this year. New research has revealed that buyers will have to find almost £4,000 to pay all the bills associated with moving.

That total covers the cost of conveyancing services, instructing a building survey and other costs of moving, including hiring a removal firm.

Unprepared for costs

Online lender MYJAR quizzed 2,000 people who have moved home in the last 10 years.

Their research showed that buyers now pay on average £230,776 for a home across the UK, but on top of that they will pay out £3,823.88 on additional costs.

More than a third (40 percent) said they were not prepared for that extra expense, while a third ended up borrowing money to settle their bills.

The biggest expense was legal fees, on average more than £1,600. Buying new furniture and furnishings was the next biggest outlay.

Important to plan ahead

Those taking part in the survey were asked for their money-saving moving tips with a third (30 percent) suggesting doing your own removal as the best way of keeping cash in your pocket.

Tom Newwould of MYJAR said: “Every pound adds up, resulting in what is clearly an unanticipated extra amount for homeowners to pay, showing perhaps a lack of knowledge around the true cost of moving.

“Not every buyer will find this extra cost easy to fund so it’s important to plan ahead and ensure you’re not left in a difficult position moneywise. Finances always need careful consideration and planning.”

No-completion, no-fee guarantee

Don’t be caught out by unexpected expenses. At Capital Conveyancing, we offer low-cost, high-quality conveyancing services with no hidden extras or unexpected fees tucked away.

Working with an expert property panel, we can get your house purchase or sale underway in minutes with a no-obligation quote. And with our no-completion, no-fee guarantee, you won’t lose a penny if for any reason your transaction fails to complete.

Call the Capital Conveyancing team now on 0207 406 5880 or get an instant online conveyancing quote now.

London mayor’s £200m extra funding for housing associations

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London housing associations are to receive an extra £200 million from the city’s mayor to ensure they can still subsidise new affordable homes in the capital.

The extra funding is to be used to offset the impact of any uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Mayor Sadiq Khan is offering the finance to housing associations across London but has called on the Government to protect those providers from any negative impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

Financing the future

Housing associations use the money they bring in from selling affordable homes to finance those they rent at social or intermediate rent levels.

However, a slowdown in London’s property market, partly prompted by the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, means some bodies are not making as much money from sales as they had anticipated, meaning they have less to invest in producing new properties.

With little or no income from central government, that scenario is putting pressure on the finances of many housing associations.

The mayor’s deal means associations will be able to take some of the properties they cannot currently sell off the market and switch them to rental properties. With guaranteed rental income, they are then in a position to cement their future construction plans.

Building homes Londoners need

Mr Khan said: “At City Hall, we are building record numbers of new social rented and other genuinely affordable homes. That’s why it is right we push our funding to its very limit to keep housing associations building more affordable housing through the ongoing uncertainty.

“Whatever happens with Brexit, Ministers must at the very least match my support and ensure we can keep building the homes Londoners need over the coming years.”

London’s sky-high future with rise of the tall building

London’s future is sky-high. A new survey has revealed that a record 76 new skyscrapers will be completed in 2019 alone, reshaping the capital’s skyline.

The London Tall Buildings Survey says this year will see three times as many buildings of 20 storeys or more erected than last year.

The highest concentration will be in Tower Hamlets, which includes the famed East End districts of Mile End, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green. There 18 new tall buildings will now stand where rows of terraced brick homes once did.

Skyscraper numbers at record high

In Lambeth, 11 tall buildings are expected to be completed by developers in 2019, while the boroughs of Camden, Barnet and Hounslow will see their first-ever skycrapers open for business this year.

The survey findings are compiled annually by New London Architecture and GL Hearn. The number of skyscrapers hit a record high of 541 in 2018. The latest survey reveals that there are 121 tall buildings currently being constructed across the capital with 76 expected to be ready for use by the end of the year.

Stuart Baillie, head of planning in London and the south-east for GL Hearn, said: “The projected completion of 76 tall buildings during 2019 is quite staggering compared to previous years’ completions being less than 30 per annum.”

Capital Conveyancing’s holiday opening hours


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The festive season is upon us, but at Homeward Legal, we know the hunt for a new home or the urge to sell your property doesn’t wane with the holidays!

So we’re open over the holidays, meaning you can kickstart your conveyancing and ensure your sale or purchase is underway.

Here are our opening hours over the next two weeks:

Friday, December 21, 9 am until 6pm

Saturday, December 22, 10 am until 4pm

Sunday, December 23-Wednesday, December 26, closed

Thursday, December 27, 10 am until 4pm

Friday, December 28, 10 am until 4pm

Saturday, December 29, 10 am until 4pm

Sunday, December 30, 10 am until 4pm

Monday, December 31, 10 am until 4pm

Tuesday, January 1, closed

Wednesday, January 2, normal hours resume.

We wish all Capital Conveyancing clients, old and new, the compliments of the season.

The £2m London apartment that’s a prize draw

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You could become the proud owner of a £2 million London apartment in a prize draw that costs just a tenner a ticket.

Gatsby Property is raffling off a luxury renovated flat on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, with entries expected to close in June 2019.

The two founders of Gatsby Property – Harry Dee and Jonny Jackson – have been developing properties in London for five years.

Gap in the market

With sales in the capital starting to stutter thanks to a glut of properties on the market and affordability issues for potential buyers, the duo decided to take a different approach to offloading their latest project.

Jonny Jackson told the Evening Standard: “We felt like there was a real gap in the market at the top end, and our aim was to put our money where our mouth is and raffle off one of our own newly refurbished apartments in one of the capital’s most sought-after locations.”

Tickets are expected to go on sale imminently on Gatsby Property‘s dedicated payment platform Cadivus, priced at £10.

High-end refurbishment

The property itself is located opposite the Science Museum in South Kensington, close to Hyde Park and the V&A.

Having been completely refurbished from top to toe, the apartment has an open-plan living/cooking/dining space with a modern, en-suite master bedroom. The fixtures and fittings are from high end manufacturers and designers such as Camerich, Fired Earth, Lefroy Brooks and Buster & Punch.

Legal costs covered

In the prize draw, the developers will pay both stamp duty and legal fees, along with the first year of the service charge. The property is leasehold with 964 years remaining on the lease.

Once the draw is closed on a date yet to be decided, the winner will be drawn at random by compliance service Promo Veritas.

A minimum of 300,000 tickets need to be sold for the draw to go ahead. If that number is not reached, the winner will receive a cash prize instead.

Move to expand commonhold to reform the leasehold system

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Commonhold should become the easy alternative to leasehold ownership property in England and Wales, says the Law Commission.

As part of its review of leasehold, the Law Commission wants to simplify the way in which shared property owners, including flats, terraces and townhouses, can turn their development into commonhold tenure.

Tenure allows outright ownership

There are around 4.2 million leasehold properties in England alone, the majority of which are flats or apartments.

Under leasehold, the property owner must pay a lease for the land on which their home stands. That lease must be extended or renewed to ensure the property remains mortgageable, while the leaseholder must pay annual ground rent and maintenance charges to the landlord or freeholder.

Under commonhold, the property owner will own their home outright. They will form part of a limited company with the other owners in their development, which will raise the finance to maintain and insure the whole development.

That gives homeowners the security of knowing their home remains their own no matter what, while giving them control over costs.

Expert help on hand

At Capital Conveyancing, we work with a nationwide panel of expert conveyancing solicitors who can deal with your leasehold extension or your conversion to commonhold.

Professor Nick Hopkins, the law commissioner leading the review of leasehold, launched a public consultation on the move to simplify commonhold.

He said: “Commonhold provides a once in a generation opportunity to rethink how we own property in England and Wales and offers homeowners an alternative system to leasehold.

“It involves a culture change, moving away from an ‘us and them’ mindset towards ‘us and ourselves’.

“We want to hear what people think of our proposals so we can be sure the commonhold system will work for homeowners and the wider property sector.”

The consultation runs until March 10, allowing interested parties to have their say on leasehold and commonhold.

Law firms follow Capital Conveyancing in offering transparency on prices

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Law firms in England and Wales are to publish their pricing structure for services such as conveyancing and probate from next month.

New rules imposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority will give prospective clients more information on what services are likely to cost as well as an idea of how long their case should take to process from start to finish.

At Capital Conveyancing, we pride ourselves on always providing price transparency, guaranteeing our clients that there will be no hidden extras or unexpected costs when they instruct a conveyancing solicitor through us.

High standard of customer service

Our high standard of customer service is now being taken up by the SRA and will apply to law firms across England and Wales who are regulated by the SRA – at Capital Conveyancing, we only work with SRA-regulated solicitors.

The new rules will mean law firms must publish pricing for specific services on their website or make that information easily accessible to potential clients where they don’t have a website.

They must also provide a projected timescale for work so clients know how long the legal work is expected to take. Details of the qualifications of the legal staff working on cases will also be published, along with information on how to make a complaint.

Information benefits public

Each law firm will also carry a digital badge on their website to confirm they are regulated by the SRA.

Paul Philip, chief executive of the SRA, said: “Publishing information on price, services and protections will not only benefit the public but will also help those who deliver these services win business and connect with their customers.

“We are providing guidance and support for firms to assist with meeting the new requirements and making the most of the opportunities they bring.”

Property giant aims to build 4k homes across London

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The downturn in the retail sector could mean a boost to London’s housing stock. Landsec, which owns and manages a large number of offices, retail and leisure facilities in the capital, is to build more than 4,000 homes on some of its sites.

The property giant is to submit planning applications for schemes at Finchley Road and Shepherd’s Bush that would include 1,700 homes. There are further plans to add residential property to its site in Lewisham, which includes a shopping centre.

Exploring potential across capital

The Lewisham development would create a new town centre in the south London borough.

Landsec chief executive Robert Noel said: “We are exploring the potential at other locations in London.”

There is increased demand from home buyers for property in London and across the UK. At the same time much of the retail property sector is contracting.

Easier to convert retail to residential

Last month the Chancellor Philip Hammond addressed that situation in his Budget, announcing relaxation of planning regulations that will allow easier conversions of retail and commercial units into domestic residences.

The move by Landsec to build homes on their retail sites reflects the direction of travel for that type of land.

Leasehold reform will ensure new-build properties sold as freehold

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Major reform is on the way to the leasehold property market in England. The Government is to ensure that the majority of new-build properties are now sold as freehold while also capping ground rent at a nominal sum.

With around 4.2 million leasehold properties in England alone, the new measures will have a wide-ranging effect.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire says the changes are intended to end the “unjustified selling” of new houses as leasehold.

The new measures will also work to make it faster, fairer and cheaper for leaseholders who want to buy their freehold.

Protecting homeowners

Leaseholders pay on average more than £300 a year in ground rent with some paying up to £700. One proposal from the Government is to cap ground rent at £10 a year.

There will also be support for leaseholders who want to form a tenant association to enforce their rights under the law.

Announcing a consultation on the proposals, Mr Brokenshire said: “The government is committed to making the economy work for everyone by helping people with the cost of living.

“Unfair ground rents can turn a homeowner’s dream into a nightmare by hitting them in the back pocket and making their property harder to sell.

“That’s why I’m taking concrete action to protect homeowners and end those unscrupulous leasehold practices that can cost tenants hundreds of pounds.”

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