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Ready to buy a new home in Bishop Auckland? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your Bishop Auckland home move at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bishop Auckland

Is there a reason to use a Bishop Auckland conveyancing solicitors firm when national alternatives are cheap by comparison?

To take your time to find scrutinise conveyancing costs in Bishop Auckland and you should seek an affordable fee calculation but don’t waste your energy searching for the lowest priced Bishop Auckland conveyancer. Finding the right conveyancer can mark the distinction between a smooth and a distressing move. You need to ensure that you have expert advice from a trusted conveyancer. Emails can't take the place of a telephone call and can never replicate a face to face consultation. The firms that we work with will appoint you a qualified and top rated conveyancing solicitor who can deal with your conveyancing from start to finish, giving the sort of personalised service that you will never get with an internet conveyancer. He or She will update you as to any developments making sure that you are never in the dark. If you ever need to phone the firm you will know who you need to speak to and we'll ensure you're not left wondering what's going on.

I am in a contract race with another buyer for a property in Bishop Auckland. What can I do to expedite matters?

In a situation where the seller is applying pressure to exchange we would recommend that your conveyancer is familiar with the location as they will benefit local contacts and knowledge. It is even conceivable that they would have handled otherhomes in the same street. You would be best advised to use a Bishop Auckland conveyancing lawyer. Second, make sure that the lawyer is on the on the approved list for your mortgage company. It is claimed that just under twenty per cent of Bishop Auckland conveyancing deals are frustrated or derailed after discovering a purchaser’s conveyancer was not on their mortgage lender’s panel. This can often result in the conveyancing being delayed by an average of 21 days. It is said that this issue impacts in the region of one hundred thousand home sales every year. Almost all Bishop Auckland conveyancing firms can not represent certain banks so do check at the outset.

I currently have a mortgage with Yorkshire BS for my property in Bishop Auckland. Conveyancing was finalised months ago. Should I wish to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform Yorkshire BS?

Yorkshire BS must be informed of your intention before renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of Yorkshire BS’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Yorkshire BS directly. You need not do this via a Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel firm.

I am selling my apartment. I had a double glazing fitted in November 2008, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Co-operative are being a right pain. The Bishop Auckland solicitor who is on the Co-operative conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Co-operative are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Co-operative have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Co-operative have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Co-operative may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

I was told two weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Kent Reliance. Is it usual for Kent Reliance to only issue the offer once my solicitor in Bishop Auckland is approved on their conveyancing panel? Kent Reliance have asked my solicitor to see a copy of their PI Insurance.

A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Kent Reliance to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I put an offer in a fortnight ago in what should have been a quick, chain free conveyancing. Bishop Auckland is where the house is located. What do you suggest?

Flying freeholds in Bishop Auckland are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Bishop Auckland you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds thoroughly. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Bishop Auckland 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 residence.

I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a couple of apartments in Bishop Auckland both have about 50 years remaining on the lease term. Will this present a problem?

There is no doubt about it. A leasehold flat in Bishop Auckland is a wasting asset as a result of the shortening lease. The nearer the lease gets to its expiry date, the more it reduces the salability of the property. The majority of purchasers and banks, leases with under 75 years become less and less attractive. On a more positive note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the premises for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of a property with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with Bishop Auckland conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. More often than not it is possible to negotiate informally with the freeholder to extend the lease. You may find he or she is happy to negotiate informally and willing to consider your offer straight off, without having to involve anyone else. This will save you time and money and it could help you reach a lower price on the lease. You need to ensure that any new terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.

I own a studio flat in Bishop Auckland, conveyancing having been completed half a dozen years ago. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Bishop Auckland with an extended lease are worth £260,000. The ground rent is £50 levied per year. The lease finishes on 21st October 2094

You have 75 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £8,600 and £9,800 plus professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more comprehensive investigations. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be additional concerns that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action based on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

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