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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Ampthill

The owners of the house we are hoping to buy have instructed a conveyancing practitioner in Ampthill who has suggested a lock out agreement with a payment 10k. Are such agreements sensible?

There are two primary drawbacks with entering into any lock out agreement (occasionally referred to as an exclusivity agreement) is that it can distract from moving forward with the conveyancing transaction itself, so unless it requires little or no negotiation then it could turn out to be a hindrance. It is not promoted amongst Ampthill conveyancing solicitors as a result. The other main concern is the extent of the remedies available - a jilted purchaser should not expect to be granted an injunctive ruling by a court to bar the owner disposing of the property to a third party, so the only remedy available under the agreement will be the reimbursement of wasted costs and, in limited situations, the extra payment of damages.

Is there a reason why leasehold purchase conveyancing in Ampthill is more expensive?

Ampthill leasehold conveyancing transactions usually involve additional investigations than freeholds including investigating the Lease, liaising with the Landlord such as serving relevant notices on the Landlord or managing agent, obtaining up-to-date service charge and management information, obtaining Landlord’s consents and reviewing management accounts and formation documents.

What does a local search tell me about the property we're buying in Ampthill?

Ampthill conveyancing often starts with the applying for local authority searches directly from your local Authority or via a personal search company for example Searches UK The local search is essential in every Ampthill conveyancing purchase; as long as you wish to avoid any unpleasant surprises after you move into your new home. The search should supply data on, amongst other things, details on planning applications relevant to the property (whether granted or refused), building control history, any enforcement action, restrictions on permitted development, nearby road schemes, contaminated land and radon gas; in all a total of 13 subject areas.

I used Stirling Law a few years ago for my conveyancing in Ampthill. I now require my papers but the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?

Do 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 Ampthill of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously hired, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

My brother has urged me to appoint his lawyers for conveyancing in Ampthill. Should I choose my own solicitor?

No doubt it’s preferable to choose a conveyancing solicitor is to seek referrals from friends or relatives who have actually previously instructed the solicitor you're contemplating using.

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