I am the registered owner of a freehold property in Biggleswade but nevertheless invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?
It’s unusual for properties in Biggleswade and has limited impact for conveyancing in Biggleswade but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.
Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges date back many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the establishment of new rentcharges from 1977 onwards.
Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence after 2037 will be dispensed with completely.
I am assisting my sister sell her flat in Biggleswade. Does the conveyancing solicitor order an EPC or do I organise this?
Following the abolition of HIPs, energy assessments was left as a required element of moving house. An energy performance certificate must be to hand before the property is marketed. This is not something that conveyancers normally arrange. Where you are instructing a Biggleswade conveyancing practitioner they may help arrange energy assessments given their relationships with reputable Biggleswade energy assessors
is it true that all Biggleswade conveyancing solicitors on the Nottingham conveyancing panel are regulated by the SRA?
As solicitors, in order to be on the Nottingham approved list of solicitors they would need to be regulated by the SRA. Some mortgage companies do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such practice would be regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
How can we tell if a Biggleswade conveyancing solicitor on the UBS panel is any good?
When it comes to conveyancing in Biggleswade obtaining recommendations is a good start. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always suggest that you speak with the solicitor conducting your transaction.
Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly identified during conveyancing in Biggleswade?
Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Biggleswade. 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…’
Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a house I have offered on a fortnight ago in what should have been a straight forward, chain free conveyancing. Biggleswade is where the house is located. Can you offer any assistance?
Flying freeholds in Biggleswade are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Biggleswade you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds thoroughly. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Biggleswade may determine 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.
How straightforward is it to use the search facility to choose a conveyancing solicitor in Biggleswade on the panel for my mortgage?
1st pick a mortgage company such as Lloyds TSB Bank, Virgin Money or Nottingham Building Society then specify your preferred area a common one being Biggleswade. Conveyancing practices in Biggleswade and beyond will then be identified.