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So you want to buy a listed building?

Mortgage Solicitor in London

We’re not surprised. London may be full of incredible glass and steel structures these days, but its listed buildings are in a different category of beautiful. Living in one is so different too, knowing that hundreds of people have lived there before, wondering what they did in each room, how each room was decorated. Yes, there are more regulations surrounding listed buildings, but don’t let this put you off.

The buying process is more or less the same as it is for unlisted buildings, and at Saracens Solicitors, as a mortgage solicitor in London, an ancient city, we have plenty of experience in conveyancing listed buildings.

After your offer has been accepted

The next step involves some toing and froing as your mortgage solicitor in London corresponds with the seller’s solicitor, making enquiries about the property. There are usually a few more such enquiries to make when a listed building is being sold, especially if it has had some renovations done. Before you buy, you must be sure that the then renovator had all the right permissions before they carried out the work. If they didn’t and the renovations don’t comply with listed building regulations, you may have to pay to restore the building to its original condition.

Get a survey done

Your mortgage solicitor in London is not part of the survey process, but we may be able to recommend a good surveyor of listed buildings. The other good way to find one is through the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

You may want to wait with the legal work until you have had your survey done, or, if you are pretty confident you will buy no matter what the survey turns up, we can get started on the enquiries and property searches.

Buying a church or church building?

If your dream home is a church or around one, then you will also need to have a chancel search carried out by your mortgage solicitor in London. This search is to find out if you will have any obligations towards the upkeep of the building and grounds or allowing people access to burial grounds.

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