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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Alston

Can the conveyancing solicitors identified through your search tool execute auction conveyancing in Alston?

There are a number of auction solicitors we can put you in touch with those specialising in auction conveyancing. Alston is just one of the many locations where our lawyers are based.

In what way does my ID and proof of funds have anything to do with my conveyancing in Alston? Why is this being asked of me?

You are right in the requirement set out by your solicitor has nothing to do with conveyancing in Alston. However these days you can not complete any conveyancing deal without first providing evidence of your identity. Ordinarily this takes the form of a either your passport or driving licence as well as a utility bill. Please note that if you are providing your driving licence as evidence of identification it needs to be both the paper part as well as the photo card part, one is not acceptable in the absence of the other.

Proof of your origin of money is required in accordance with the Money Laundering Regulations. Please do not be offended when when this is requested of you as your lawyer will need to have this information on record. Your Alston conveyancing practitioner will require evidence of proof of funds before they are able to accept any funds from you into their client account and they should also ask additional queries concerning the source of funds.

I just bought a property at auction in Alston. Conveyancing is needed. What is next?

Given that you have now for in every practical sense signed on the dotted line you must instruct a conveyancing solicitor as a matter of priority as you are faced with a fast approaching a drop dead date to complete the transaction. An auction property will ordinarily have a bespoke auction pack. This should include evidence of title and search results. Where you are dealing with leasehold premises the conveyancing papers may contain a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing documentation relating to a leasehold property. You should give this to the lawyer working for you at the earliest opportunity. Do make sure that that you have the requisite funding in place to complete on the date specified in the contract.

I am buying a property in Alston. A rare aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Virgin Money have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?

Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Virgin Money your lawyer must comply with the formal instructions set out in Section two of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Virgin Money. The CML Handbook contains minimum conditions for solar panel roof-space leases, and property lawyers are required to report to Virgin Money where a lease does not meet these conditions. The requirements relate to the installation of panels on properties countrywide and is not isolated to Alston.

We were going to get a DIP from Barclays this week so we know how much we could potentially offer as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc). Do Barclays recommend any Alston solicitors on the Barclays conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently?

You will need to appoint Alston solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Barclays conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and Barclays through the process.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build apartment in Alston. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build legal work.

Here are examples of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Alston

    Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared.

Are Alston conveyancing solicitors duty bound by the Law Society to supply transparent conveyancing figures?

Inbuilt into the Solicitors Code of Conduct are specific rules and regulations as to how the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) allow solicitors to publicise their fees to clients.The Law Society have a practice note giving advice on how to publicise transparent charges to avoid breaching any such rule. Practice notes are not legal advice issued by the Law Society and is not intended as the only standard of good practice a conveyancing solicitor should adhere to. The Practice Note does, nevertheless, represent the Law Society’s view of acceptable practice for publicising conveyancing charges, and accordingly it’s a recommended read for any solicitor or conveyancer in Alston or further afield.

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