I am assisting my sister sell her house in Blaydon On Tyne. Does the solicitor arrange an EPC or it is for me to coordinate?
Following the abolition of Home Information Packs, EPC’s remained a mandatory element of moving house. An energy performance certificate must be commissioned prior to the property being advertised. This is not something that law firms ordinarily arrange. Where you are instructing a Blaydon On Tyne conveyancing lawyer they might help arrange energy assessments due to their contacts with long established Blaydon On Tyne providers
I am expecting a AIP from Barclays this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we are dependent on web based calculators (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc). Do Barclays recommend any Blaydon On Tyne solicitors on the Barclays conveyancing panel, or is it better to go independently?
You will need to appoint Blaydon On Tyne solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Barclays conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and Barclays through the process.
I have today made my last payment due on my mortgage with Aldermore. I assume I don't need a Blaydon On Tyne lawyer on the Aldermore panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm.
If you have finished paying off your Aldermore mortgage, they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Aldermore mortgage from the register. Aldermore, and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage:
- but are not moving to another property
- where Aldermore has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
- Aldermore has instructed the Land Registry to do so
I used Arc property Solicitors several years ago for my conveyancing in Blaydon On Tyne. Now, I need my files but the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?
You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracing 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 Blaydon On Tyne of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously retained, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
In what way does the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 affect my commercial offices in Blaydon On Tyne and how can your lawyers assist?
The particular law that you refer to gives a safeguard to commercial tenants, granting the legal entitlement to apply to court for a continuation of occupancy at the end of the lease term. There are certain specified grounds that a landlord can refuse a lease renewal and the rules are involved. Fees are different for commercial conveyancing. Blaydon On Tyne is one of the hundreds of areas of the UK in which the firms we work with have offices
I've recently bought a leasehold house in Blaydon On Tyne. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?
In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
Leasehold Conveyancing in Blaydon On Tyne - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing
Does the lease have more than 90 years left? What restrictions are there in the Blaydon On Tyne Lease? How much is the yearly service fee and ground rent?
New build sellers have recommended to me a lawyer and I've received a quote from them. They are almost £250 less expensive than my local Blaydon On Tyne conveyancer. Should I use them?
Housebuilders frequently have panels of solicitors who are quick and who know the seller’s documentation and lawyer. Plenty of developers offer an inducement to choose their approved 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 transaction stall when they demand an exchange in 28 days. The argument for not opting for the recommended property lawyer is that they may prove reluctant to 'push' your interests for fear of upsetting the sellers. If you worry that this may be the case you should keep with your high street Blaydon On Tyne property lawyer.