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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Banstead

When does exchange of contracts happen for sale conveyancing in Banstead and am I required to attend the solicitors branch?

Where you are in close proximity to our conveyancing solicitors in Banstead you are welcome to attend to sign contracts. That being said, the lender approved solicitors we work with provide a national conveyancing service and give as equally detailed and professional a job for you when dealing with you by post or email. The signing of the contract is not the critical part. A signed contract is necessary for the conveyancer to officially exchange when the time is right, which will usually be very shortly after signing. The exchange process is is usually a five minute process, although where a long "chain" is in the mix, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Banstead)to be in the office at the appropriate time.

Will my lawyer be asking questions concerning flooding as part of the conveyancing in Banstead.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for lawyers carrying out conveyancing in Banstead. There are those who buy a property in Banstead, fully expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical destruction, where a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, adequate insurance cover, or sell the property. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the buyer.

Lawyers are not best placed to give advice on flood risk, however there are a various searches that can be carried out by the purchaser or on a buyer’s behalf which will give them a better understanding of the risks in Banstead. The conventional set of information sent to a purchaser’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) incorporates a usual inquiry of the vendor to find out if the property has historically flooded. In the event that flooding has previously occurred which is not revealed by the seller, then a buyer may bring a compensation claim resulting from an misleading answer. A purchaser’s lawyers will also commission an environmental search. This should indicate if there is any known flood risk. If so, more detailed inquiries should be made.

I am looking for a conveyancing lawyer in Banstead for my purchase. Is there any facility to review a firm’s record with the profession’s regulator?

One can see documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions resulting from inquisitions commenced on or after 1 January 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For details Pre 2008, or to check a solicitors record, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, call +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA could monitor call for training reasons.

I've found a house that appears to be perfect, at a great figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently been informed that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Banstead. Conveyancing solicitors have are about to be appointed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Banstead ?

The majority of houses in Banstead are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area who can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Banstead in which case you should be shopping around for a Banstead conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in dealing with leasehold houses. First you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as requiring the freeholder’sconsent to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the property is located on an estate. Your conveyancer will advise you fully on all the issues.

Having spent months of correspondence we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Banstead. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

Where there is a absentee freeholder or where there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant statutes you can apply to the LVT to make a decision on the sum to be paid.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Banstead flat is 33 The Maisonettes Alberta Avenue in June 2014. the Tribunal decided that the premium payable for the grant of a new lease be the sum of £20,680 (Twenty Thousand six hundred and eighty pounds). This case related to 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 60.43 years.

My husband and I are purchasing a garden flat in Banstead. At the time of instructing our lawyer, they told us that they were on all mainstream mortgage company panels. Our mortgage broker called just now to say that they don't seem to be on the Aldermore approved list. If it turns out to be true, what should we do? Should we simply pick a different lawyer that is on their approved list or do we pay for separate representation, with Aldermore appointing their own approved conveyancer.

When acquiring a property with the benefit of a mortgage it is usual for the purchaser’s solicitors to also act for the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a lawyer has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the conveyancing practitioner to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the conveyancer has to meet. Some building societies now insist their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. Your property lawyer should call Aldermore to discover if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on Aldermore's conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Banstead solicitors, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you are adding another lawyer into the mix.

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