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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bideford

I have recentlybecome aware that Arc property Solicitors have been shut down. They conducted my conveyancing in Bideford for a purchase of a freehold house 10 months ago. How can I be sure that the property is in my name in the name of the former proprietor?

The quickest method to see if the property is registered to you, you can make a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Bideford conveyancing specialists.

About to purchase a new build apartment in Bideford. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build conveyancing.

Here are examples of a few leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Bideford

    The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents.

In surfing the world wide web for the term on line conveyancing in Bideford it shows results of numerous conveyancersin the area. With so much choice what is the best way to find the suitable conveyancing solicitor for the sale of my house?

The preferential method of finding a suitable conveyancer is through a trusted referral, so enquire of colleagues and those you trust who have purchased a property in Bideford or a reputable estate agent or financial adviser. Charges for conveyancing in Bideford differ, so it's advisable to secure a minimum of three fee calculations from varying types of companies. Be sure to obtain confirmation that the fees are fixed.

I've found a house that seems to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable figure which is making it more attractive. I have just found out that the title is leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are issues purchasing a leasehold house in Bideford. Conveyancing advisers have are about to be instructed. Will they explain the issues?

The majority of houses in Bideford are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area who can assist with the conveyancing process. We note that you are purchasing in Bideford so you should seriously consider looking for a Bideford conveyancing practitioner and check that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the landlord’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your conveyancer will advise you fully on all the issues.

I invested in buying a 1 bedroom flat in Bideford, conveyancing was carried out July 2003. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Equivalent flats in Bideford with a long lease are worth £190,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £65 yearly. The lease ends on 21st October 2080

With 61 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to range between £18,100 and £20,800 as well as legals.

The suggested premium range 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. Do not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be additional issues that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information without first getting professional advice.

Builders have suggested I use a lawyer and I've obtained an estimate from them. It's nearly £250 cheaper than my local Bideford lawyer. Should I use them?

Builders normally have panels of conveyancers who are quick and who know the seller’s contract and conveyancer. Plenty of developers offer an inducement to choose a preferred conveyancer for this reason, any increased cost can be avoided and a developer won't recommend a conveyancing factory and run the risk of having the conveyancing stall when they want exchange within a tight time frame. A counter-argument for not agreeing to use the recommended conveyancer is that they may prove hesitant to fight for your interests at the risk of upsetting the developer. Where you have concerns that this may be the situation you should stick with your high street Bideford solicitor.

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