Recently contacted my conveyancing lawyer in Berrylands who acted for me two years ago and wanted a conveyancing costs illustration based on the same type of home move (a leasehold residence and a freehold property) of almost identical values with a loan from HSBC Bank. I am now being quoted double. Stick with what I know or do I seek out an alternative property lawyer?
The quote is fractionally on the steep side. If you shop around you might decrease the fees marginally by perhaps a hundred pounds. On the other hand, assuming were content with the conveyancing the firm provided you couldcome to regret opting for an an untested lawyer. If is important to be sure the firm can represent HSBC Bank. Do employ our search tool to locate a Berrylands conveyancing firm on the HSBC Bank member panel, which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Berrylands.
My uncle passed away six months ago and as sole heir and executor I was left the property in Berrylands. The house had a small mortgage remaining of approximately £4500. I want to transfer the title deeds into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Aldermore, pay off the mortgage. Is this allowed?
Given you plan to re-mortgage then Aldermore will require that you use a conveyancer on the Aldermore conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Aldermore conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Aldermore mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.
I am assisting my step-mother sell her flat in Berrylands. Will the conveyancing solicitor order the energy assessment or should I organise this?
After the abolition of Home Information Packs, energy assessments was kept a required element of moving house. An energy assessment must be commissioned in advance of the property being put on the market. This is not a task that solicitors normally organise. Where you are using a Berrylands conveyancing solicitor they might be willing to arrange energy assessments given their contacts with long established local assessors
This question may be naive but I am unexperienced as a 1st time buyer of a ground floor flat in Berrylands. Do I pick up the keys to the premises on completion from my conveyancer? If this is the case, I will use a High Street conveyancing solicitor in Berrylands?
There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Conveyancing lawyers for you will electronically transfer the purchase money to the owner’s solicitors, and shortly after the monies have arrived, you will be able to pick up the keys from the property Agents and move into your new home. Usually this happens early afternoon.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat in Berrylands. I have a mortgage offer with Leeds Building Society. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?
It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with Leeds Building Society, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel.
I used Arc property Solicitors a few years ago for my conveyancing in Berrylands. I now require my file however the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?
Do call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracing 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 Berrylands 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.
I have just appointed agents to market my ground floor flat in Berrylands. Conveyancing is yet to be initiated, but I have recently had a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?
It best that you clear the invoice as usual as all ground rent and service charges should be allotted on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most managing agents 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. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.
Having spent years of dialogue we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Berrylands. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?
in cases where there is a missing freeholder or if there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to calculate the premium.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Berrylands property is Flat D 15 Claremont Gardens in September 2013. TheTribunal determined in accordance with section48 and Schedule13 of the Leasehold Reform,Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 that the premium for the extended lease should be fourteen thousand one hundred and eighty seven pounds (£14,187.00) This case was in relation to 1 flat.