We are buying a house and require a conveyancing solicitor in Battle who is on the Aldermore approved panel. Could you point me in the right direction as regards a solicitor?
Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to be listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Aldermore . We don't recommend any particular firms conducting conveyancing in Battle.
Is it necessary to take out insurance to protect me from financial exposure to chancel repairs when purchasing a house in Battle?
Unless a previous purchase of the house completed post 12 October 2013 you may take it that conveyancing practitioners delivering conveyancing in Battle to continue to recommend a chancel search and or insurance against a claim.
Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up as part of conveyancing in Battle?
Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Battle. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’
I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a house I have offered on a fortnight ago in what was supposed to be a straight forward, no chain conveyancing. Battle is the location of the property. Can you offer any opinion?
Flying freeholds in Battle are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Battle you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds very carefully. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Battle may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold premises.
I am a negotiator for a reputable estate agency in Battle where we see a number of leasehold sales jeopardised as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have received contradictory information from local Battle conveyancing solicitors. Please can you confirm whether the seller of a flat can instigate the lease extension process for the purchaser on completion of the sale?
Provided that 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. This means that the proposed purchaser can avoid having to sit tight for 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or at the same time as completion of the sale.
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 buyer.
I invested in buying a garden flat in Battle, conveyancing formalities finalised in 2010. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Equivalent flats in Battle with a long lease are worth £181,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 yearly. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2070
With 50 years unexpired the likely cost is going to be between £31,400 and £36,200 as well as costs.
The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more detailed due diligence. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action based on this information without first getting professional advice.