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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Acocks Green

Why would I use a Acocks Green conveyancing solicitors firm given that internet based alternatives are easier on the wallet?

Its a good idea to compare conveyancing costs in Acocks Green and you should seek a competitive fee calculation but don’t become consumed with getting the cheapest Acocks Green conveyancer. Identifying the right conveyancer can be the distinction between a seamless and a distressing house move. It is important that you ensure that you have expert guidance from a trusted lawyer. Emails can't replace a telephone discussion and can never replicate a face to face appointment. Our partner firms will find you a qualified and trusted conveyancing solicitor who can deal with your conveyancing from start to finish, giving the sort of hand holding that you rarely receive from an internet conveyancer. Our lawyers will contact you regularly to update you as to headway making sure that you are ensuring that you are updated at regular intervals. Should it ever be necessary to phone the firm you will know who to ask for and we'll endeavour to make sure that you are in the know.

My solicitor has discovered a a problem with the lease for the flat we are buying in Acocks Green. The seller’s lawyers have suggested defective title insurance as a workaround. We are content with insurance and will cover the costs. Our property lawyer says that he must ensure that the mortgage company is happy with this solution. Who is the client here, us or the mortgage company ?

The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the risk of a conflict of interest, you and the bank are the client. Your lawyer must comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook conditions. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects with the lease so that the lender can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your property lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.

Do conveyancers ask for an advanced payment for conveyancing in Acocks Green?

Where you are retaining lawyers for conveyancing in Acocks Green your solicitor will request that you to provide them with monies to cover the search fees. Generally this is requested to cover the fees of the Local Authority Search. When the deposit is payable against the purchase price then this should be required immediately ahead of contracts are exchanged. The closing balance that is needed should be transferred a couple of days prior to the completion date.

I have been told by my lawyer that defective lease insurance is needed on my purchase. What is the typical level of cover needed for conveyancing in Acocks Green?

The right level of defective lease indemnity insurance depends on your lender. It would differ for example between Santander and Coventry Building Society. Conveyancing solicitors as opposed to members of the public take out such insurances.

I am selling my apartment. I had a double glazing fitted in September 2008, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My purchaser’s mortgage company, Aldermore are being a right pain. The Acocks Green solicitor who is on the Aldermore conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Aldermore are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Aldermore have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Aldermore have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Aldermore may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

Having read lots of mortgage guides, I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Acocks Green solicitor - who is on the Skipton conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. is that correct?

Skipton will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Skipton will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Acocks Green surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.

I used Wolstenholmes several years ago for my conveyancing in Acocks Green. Now, I need the files however the law firm has closed. What do I do?

You should contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Acocks Green of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously used, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

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