Solicitor advice for purchasing in Hackney

Hackney has a number of conservation areas which vary greatly in size, character and style. The Conservation areas are centred on Clapton Square and also the historic urban open spaces such as Clapton Common and Clissold Park. Other conservation areas within Hackney include the area such as De Beauvoir Town and South Shoreditch. Check with your conveyancing lawyer as to whether or not the property you are purchasing is within a conservation area as this can affect your ability to obtain planning permission for alterations to the property. In some circumstances, it will necessitate specific care and consent mere for demolition of the property and also affect your ability to prune trees.

Property lawyers with significant experience in conveyancing Hackney transactions should point you to the website for London Borough Hackney Council ( ) where you can find planning applications for historic planning documentation not only in respect of your property but also in respect of neighbouring properties as well. If you are purchasing a property in Hackney why not take advantage of the freely available information for applications that may be applicable to properties within the street where you are proposing to purchase. Please note that your conveyancing solicitor is not obliged to provide you with information relating to planning applications for surrounding properties so you should check this information out yourselves.

Do bear in mind that the 2012 Olympic could have impact on your conveyancing. Hackney will play a central part of the 2012 Games, with almost one third of the Games area happening in the borough. The games are to bring the most significant regeneration project ever seen in London. . If you are not intending to retain Fridaysmove for your conveyancing please ask your conveyancing solicitor to ensure that there are no adverse entries within the Local Authority Search which relate to either Compulsory Purchase Orders (the potential compulsory purchase of the property you are proposing to buy) or there are any railway schemes (under ground or over ground) that may adversely affect the property.

If you are purchasing a relatively newly built property in the London Borough of Hackney there is a possibility that there will be restrictions within the deeds relating to parking. Property lawyers with experience in conveyancing London properties should know where to look to find any such restrictions (it may well be that the restrictions are contained within a planning document known as a Section 104 Agreement, or the Lease of the property). This may be something that you wish to check with your conveyancing solicitor if your conveyancing is not being conducted by Fridaysmove .

Hackney is one of a number of London boroughs who in the late 1980s very much promoted the construction of live/work units . In the mid 1990s, live-work emerged in Hackney who adopted a policy to encourage private investment into run down buildings in run down parts of a run down borough. It worked. Other boroughs followed suit. Hackney council's crisp definition of a live work unit is as follows: “Live/work development is the provision of integrated living and working accommodation within a single self contained unit”, In the high profile court case in September 2004, the judge in “Bishopsgate Foundation v Curtis” concluded that live/work meant “live and/or work” [where there was no planning condition defining the extent of the workspace]. In other words, when it comes to definitions, the devil is in the detail, and no one agrees on the detail. (Incidentally, there is no universally accepted way of spelling “live-work”. We prefer live-work to live/work or any of the various permutations). Unclear definitions of live-work are not just a problem for the planning authority and any parties caught out by current market uncertainty.

It is essential that if you are buying or selling a live-work unit that you use a conveyancing lawyer who is familiar with such properties as this a specialist are of conveyancing. London is not the only area in England and Wales with live-work units.

A significant number of leasehold properties in Hackney are managed by the Local Authority who will also be the landlord of the property. When buying a leasehold property in Hackney you should specifically look to find out information about future works to your building as the Local Authority will have very detailed plans for future works for all properties which the Local Authority of Hackney are the freehold owner. Sometimes major works or service charge works can be very high. Clearly, you do not want to purchase a property only to find out that there are major works planned as you could be faced with a significant bill shortly after purchase. Please ensure that your conveyancing solicitor makes appropriate enquiries.

The above tips are by no means a comprehensive list of investigations that a competent property lawyer would look for and merely represent a sample of the issues that may apply to a conveyancing transaction in Hackney. Fridaysmove would obviously be delighted to represent you on a purchase of a property in Hackney but if you do not wish to use our services, then we would still recommend that you engage the services of a property lawyer who is familiar with conveyancing London properties and in particular properties within the Hackney area.

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.

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