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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe

I am need of leasehold conveyancing for an apartment in a fairly new development (6 years old) in Axmouth and Branscombe. 95% of the properties have already been sold. Is it strictly necessary to order local searches for my conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe?

If you are acquiring a property with the assistance of a mortgage, your mortgage company will insist on some (many) of the searches so you'll have no choice. If not, then Axmouth and Branscombe conveyancing searches are for you to decide upon. No doubt your conveyancer, will ’encourage’, perhaps strongly, that you should have the searches done, but he or she has a professional duty to do this. One thing to bear in mind; if you are likely to sell the house one day, it may be of interest to your future buyer what the searches contain. Sometimes houses with no practical issues can still throw up adverse search results. But if you choose to instruct your lawyer to proceed without searches then your lawyer will have to follow your instructions or you will need to change to another solicitor for your conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe.

What is the first thing I need to know regarding purchase conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe?

You may not hear this from too many lawyers but conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe or throughout England and Wales is an adversarial experience. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there is lots of room for conflict between you and others involved in the ownership transfer. E.g., the seller, property agent and on occasion a bank. Selecting a solicitor for your conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe an important selection as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the SOLE person in the transaction whose interest is to act in your legal interests and to keep you safe.

There is a worrying increase of a "blame" culture- someone has to be at fault for the process being so protracted. We recommend that you must always trust your lawyer ahead of all other parties in the conveyancing process.

I used Arc property Solicitors several years past for my conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe. I now require my papers however the law firm is no longer operating. 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 Axmouth and Branscombe of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously instructed, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

Estate agents have just been given the go-ahead to market my basement apartment in Axmouth and Branscombe. Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon, however I have just had a half-yearly maintenance charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?

It best that you clear the invoice as usual given that all rents and service invoices will be allotted on completion, so you should recover the relevant percentage by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

I am the registered owner of a ground floor flat in Axmouth and Branscombe, conveyancing formalities finalised in 1995. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Comparable properties in Axmouth and Branscombe with a long lease are worth £197,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 per annum. The lease terminates on 21st October 2074

You have 55 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £31,400 and £36,200 as well as legals.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other concerns that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward based on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

I have been told by various friends that it should take 6-8 weeks for Axmouth and Branscombe conveyancing to complete.This was four weeks ago. The paperwork was only forwarded to my conveyancing practitioner a couple of days ago so does the clock start running now?

Six to eight weeks is a very rough timescale. Addressing precisely how how many weeks Axmouth and Branscombe conveyancing will take is an impossible task. Without fail every conveyance has it’s bespoke set of concerns. Accordingly your lawyer should be unwilling to give assurances as to the length of time it will take to complete conveyancing in Axmouth and Branscombe.

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