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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Billingham

What is the first thing I need to know regarding purchase conveyancing in Billingham?

Not many law firms or advisers will tell you this but conveyancing in Billingham or throughout England and Wales is often a confrontational experience. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there exists lots of room for conflict between you and other parties involved in the house moving process. For instance, the vendor, selling agent and on occasion the bank. Selecting a law firm for your conveyancing in Billingham should not be taken lightly as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the ONE person in the transaction whose role it is to protect your best interests and to protect you.

We are witnessing a definite ongoing adversarial element to conveyancing- someone has to be blamed for the process being so protracted. You your first instinct should be to trust your lawyer ahead of all other players when it comes to the legal transfer of property.

I used Action Conveyancing several years ago for my conveyancing in Billingham. I now require my papers however the law firm has closed. What do I do?

Do call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate 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 Billingham of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously instructed, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Billingham. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build legal work.

Here is a sample of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Billingham

    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. Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier?

My husband and I are FTB’s - had an offer accepted, but the estate agent advised that the owners will only go ahead if we instruct their recommended solicitors as they are insisting on an ‘expedited deal’. We would rather use a local conveyancer accustomed to conveyancing in Billingham

We suspect that the owner is not behind this ultimatum. If they desire ‘a quick sale', taking such a hostile approach to a genuine purchaser is likely to cause more damage than good. Try to communicate with the sellers directly and make the point that (a)you are keen to buy (b)you are excited to move forward, with mortgage lined up © you do not need to sell (d) you wish to move quickly (e)but you will continue to appoint your own,trusted Billingham conveyancing firm - as opposed tothe ones that will give the estate agent a referral fee or hit his conveyancing thresholds demanded by head office.

Having checked my lease I have discovered that there are only Seventy years unexpired on my lease in Billingham. I am keen to extend my lease but my landlord is absent. What options are available to me?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be granted an extra 90 years by the Court. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you have done all that could be expected to find the freeholder. On the whole an enquiry agent may be useful to try and locate and to produce a report to be accepted by the court as proof that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor in relation to investigating the landlord’s absence and the vesting order request to the County Court covering Billingham.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Billingham - A selection of Queries before Purchasing

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