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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bristol

I am the registered owner of a freehold property in Bristol yet charged rent, why is this and what is this?

It is rare for properties in Bristol and has limited impact for conveyancing in Bristol but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of fresh rentcharges from 1977 onwards.

Previous rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence after 2037 is to be extinguished.

What happens if my solicitor is removed from the HSBC Solicitor panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Bristol?

The first thing to point out is that, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.

My wife and I are intent on selling our home in Bristol and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was built on contaminated land. A high street Bristol lawyer would know this is not the case. It does beg the question why the buyers instructed a nationwide conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Bristol. Having lived in Bristol for 5 years we know of no issue. Is it a good idea to get in touch with our local Authority to get clarification that there is no issue.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor already. What do they say? You should check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same sickness)

I have been advised by a number of property agents in Bristol to get a quote from a conveyancer on your site. What’s the financial upside for Estate Agents to promote your services rather than alternative conveyancing organisations?

We don’t make any financial incentive for sending work in our direction. We thought it would be too underhand to pay a commission because home movers will think, ‘Why is the agent getting a kickback? Why am I not receiving any benefit too?’ We would prefer to grow our business on genuine recommendations.

As a tenant I am on the hook for a service charge for my first floor flat in Bristol. As a result of poor financial planning I slipped behind with payments. I negotiated a payment plan but there is still three thousand pounds currently outstanding.

I now wish to sell and I am panicking this may threaten to derail the sale if I have to discharge the arrears first. I'd like to sell up and subsequently discharge the arrears from the completion monies - is this possible?

Do clarify with the lawyer conducting your Bristol conveyancing but one option may be to arrange for the debt to be passed to the buyers. The final price due would be reduced to reflect the amount of debt they take on. They would then pay the outstanding monies after completion of the purchase.

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