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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Barnsbury

Why would one appoint a Barnsbury conveyancing solicitors firm when web based alternatives are less expensive?

By all means make sure that you scrutinise conveyancing costs in Barnsbury and you should seek a competitive fee calculation but don’t become consumed with sourcing the cheapest Barnsbury conveyancer. Locating the right conveyancer can be the distinction between a seamless and a frustrating house move. It is important that you ensure that you have expert advice from a specialist solicitor. An e-mail can never take the place of a phone call and can never replicate a face to face appointment. Our partner firms will appoint you a qualified and trusted conveyancing solicitor who can deal with your conveyancing from from the outset to completion, providing a level of continuity that you rarely receive from an online conveyancer. He or She will inform you as to headway and keep you informed. If you ever need to contact the firm you will be sure who you need to speak to and we'll be sure you are kept fully informed.

My partner and I are getting closer to an exchange on a flat in Barnsbury and my parents have transferred the 10% deposit to my lawyer. I am now told that as the deposit has not come from me my property lawyer needs to disclose this to my mortgage company. Apparently, in also acting for the mortgage company he must advise them that the balance of the purchase price is coming from anyone other than me. I informed the mortgage company about my parents' contribution when I applied for the home loan, so is it really appropriate for this now to be an issue?

Your conveyancer is obliged to clarify with mortgage company to ensure that they understand that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. The solicitor can only reveal this to your lender if you permit them to, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.

The deeds to my home are lost. The conveyancers who conducted the conveyancing in Barnsbury 5 years ago no longer exist. What are my next steps?

As long as you have a registered title the information relating to your ownership will be retained by the Land Registry under a Title Number. It is easy to carry out a search at the Land Registry, find your house and obtain up to date copies of the Registered Entries for less than a fiver. If the property is Leasehold then the Land Registry will usually retain a file copy of the Registered Lease and again, a copy can be obtained for £20 inclusive of VAT.

I am looking for a leasehold apartment up to £245,000 and identified one round the corner in Barnsbury I like with amenity areas and transport links nearby, the downside is that it's only got 61 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Barnsbury suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a short lease?

If you require a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term will likely be an issue. Reduce the offer by the amount the lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing proprietor has owned the premises for at least twenty four months you may ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should consult your conveyancing solicitor regarding this.

I work for a busy estate agent office in Barnsbury where we have experienced a number of flat sales put at risk due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given conflicting advice from local Barnsbury conveyancing solicitors. Please can you shed some light as to whether the seller of a flat can initiate the lease extension formalities for the buyer?

As long as the seller has owned the lease for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the proposed purchaser can avoid having to wait 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

Alternatively, it may be possible to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.

I am the proprietor of a garden flat in Barnsbury. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount payable for a lease extension?

Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Barnsbury conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Barnsbury residence is Flat 120, Clare Court Judd Street in August 2013. the Tribunal held that the premium to be paid for the extension of the lease should be £64,650 This case related to 1 flat. The unexpired term was 62.79 years.

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