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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Branston

As someone with no idea as to the Branston conveyancing process what is your top tip you can give me concerning the legal transfer of property in Branston

You may not hear this from too many lawyers but conveyancing in Branston and elsewhere in England and Wales is often a confrontational process. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there is an abundance of opportunity for confrontation between you and others involved in the ownership transfer. For example, the vendor, estate agent and even potentially a mortgage company. Selecting a solicitor for your conveyancing in Branston is a critical decision as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the ONE party in the legal process whose responsibility is to protect your best interests and to keep you safe.

Every so often a third party with a vested interest may attempt to sway you that it is in your interests to do things their way. For example, the estate agent may claim to be helping by suggesting your lawyer is wrong. Or your financial adviser may advise you to do take action that is against your lawyers guidance. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties in the conveyancing process.

Last month we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Skipton. Branston conveyancing lawyers have been appointed. What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Skipton?

There is no definitive answer here. Have Skipton completed the survey? Have you informed Skipton as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Skipton conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through.

I currently have a mortgage with Co-operative for my property in Branston. Conveyancing was finalised some time 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 BTL mortgage or inform Co-operative?

You must advise Co-operative in advance of letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Co-operative’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 Co-operative directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Co-operative conveyancing panel solicitor.

Completion of my remortgage has taken place for my property in Branston. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I would like to complain about the lender. How do I make a complaint?

Most banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Services Team at head office. Ordinarily complaints to a lender are sorted out very quickly. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service who will take matters further.

Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to our house are lost. The conveyancers who handled the conveyancing in Branston 10 years ago have long since closed. Will I be able to sell the house?

In today’s world there are copies made of almost everything, and your lawyer will know precisely where to look for all the suitable documentation so you can purchase or sell your house without any difficulty. If copies can’t be found, your conveyancer can put in place insurance or indemnities against possible claims on your premises.

I have been on the look out for a leasehold apartment up to £195,000 and identified one near me in Branston I like with a park and station in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 49 years on the lease. There is not much else in Branston suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error buying a short lease?

If you require a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term may be problematic. Discount the price by the anticipated 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 could ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this matter.

I am attracted to a two apartments in Branston both have approximately 50 years unexpired on the lease term. Do I need to be concerned?

A lease is a right to use the premises for a period of time. As the lease gets shorter the saleability of the lease reduces and results in it becoming more costly to extend the lease. For this reason it is generally wise to increase the term of the lease. It is often difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease as mortgage companies less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease enfranchisement can be a difficult process. We recommend you seek professional assistance from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this field.

I acquired a 1st floor flat in Branston, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. How much will my lease extension cost? Comparable properties in Branston with over 90 years remaining are worth £222,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 charged once a year. The lease ends on 21st October 2089

With just 71 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to be between £9,500 and £11,000 as well as professional fees.

The figure above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to advice on a more accurate figure without more detailed investigations. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other issues that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

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