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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bitterne

My conveyancer has identified a a problem with the lease for the property we are buying in Bitterne. The other side have suggested title insurance as a solution. We are content with insurance and will pay for it. Our solicitor says that he must ensure that the lender is willing to move forward with this solution. Are we the client or is the lender?

Notwithstanding that you have a mortgage offer from the bank does not mean to say that the property will meet their provisions for the purposes of a mortgage. Your lawyer has to ensure that the lease has to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook specifications. You and the lender are the client. The appropriate lender specifications have to be complied with.

I'm purchasing a new build house in Bitterne with a mortgage from Santander. The developers refused to reduce the amount so I negotiated five thousand pounds worth of extras instead. The house builders rep told me not to tell my solicitor about this deal as it will adversely affect my loan with Santander. Do I keep my lawyer in the dark?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the developer of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

I am looking for a ground for flat up to £305k and identified one round the corner in Bitterne I like with a park and station in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 51 years on the lease. There is not much else in Bitterne in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake acquiring a lease with such few years left?

If you need a home loan the shortness of the lease will be a potential deal breaker. Reduce the price by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing owner has owned the premises for at least twenty four months you may ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the current lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this matter.

Frank (my husband) and I may need to rent out our Bitterne ground floor flat temporarily due to a new job. We used a Bitterne conveyancing firm in 2004 but they have since shut and we did not have the foresight to get any advice as to whether the lease prohibits the subletting of the flat. How do we find out?

Your lease governs relations between the freeholder and you the flat owner; in particular, it will indicate if subletting is banned, or permitted but only subject to certain caveats. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no specific ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. The majority of leases in Bitterne do not contain subletting altogether – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the flat. Instead, there is usually a basic requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a copy of the tenancy agreement.

I acquired a split level flat in Bitterne, conveyancing having been completed May 2007. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Comparable properties in Bitterne with an extended lease are worth £216,000. The ground rent is £50 per annum. The lease finishes on 21st October 2087

You have 69 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to span between £9,500 and £11,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

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 in the absence of comprehensive investigations. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other concerns that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action based on this information before getting professional advice.

My son is embarking on her first house purchase, he had his mortgage in principle. When the offer was accepted on apartment we contacted the mortgage company to move forward with his. I was shocked to hear that mortgage companies do not accept all solicitor, they must be on their panel, is this legal?

Mortgage Companies ordinarily restrict either the type or the number of conveyancing solicitors on their panel. Typical examples of such restriction(s) being that a firm must have two or more partners. In addition to restricting the type of firm, some have decided to limit the number of firms they use to represent them. You should note that lenders have no responsibility for the quality of advice provided by any Bitterne conveyancing practitioner on their panel. Mortgage fraud was a key driver in the rationalisation of conveyancing panels a few years ago and whilst there are differing views about the extent of solicitor involvement in some of that fraud. Statistics from the Land Registry reveal that thousands of law firms only carry out one or two conveyances a year. Those supporting conveyancing panel cuts ask why law firms should have the right to be on a Lender panel when clearly, conveyancing is not their speciality. To put it another way; would you want a conveyancing solicitor to represent you if you were charged with a crime? Unlikely.

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