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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Buckingham

I have been told that property searches are the main cause of delay in Buckingham house deals. Is this right?

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) has noted the determinations of research by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not feature amongst the most frequent causes of hindrances during the legal transfer of property. Local searches are unlikely to be the root cause of holding up conveyancing in Buckingham.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in Buckingham. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build legal work.

Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Buckingham

    Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease. Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal.

I am looking for a ground for flat up to £305k and found one close by in Buckingham I like with open areas and station in the vicinity, however it only has 51 years on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Buckingham suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a grave error purchasing a short lease?

Should you require a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term may be an issue. 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 a minimum of 2 years you may ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should consult your conveyancing lawyer concerning this.

Am I better off to go with a Buckingham conveyancing solicitor who is local to the property I am hoping to buy? I have an old university friend who can handle the legal formalities but his firm is located 300kilometers away.

The benefit of a local Buckingham conveyancing practice is that you can visit the firm to sign documents, present your identification documents and pester them if necessary. They will also have local knowledge which is a benefit. That being said it's more important to get someone that will do a good and efficient job. If other friends have instructed your friend and in the main were happy that should trump using an unknown Buckingham conveyancing solicitor just because they are round the corner.

Are Buckingham conveyancing solicitors duty bound by the Law Society to supply clear conveyancing figures?

Contained within the Solicitors Code of Conduct are set rules and regulations as to how the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) allow solicitors to publicise their fees to clients.The Law Society have practice note giving advice on how to publicise transparent charges to avoid breaching any such rule. Practice notes are not legal advice issued by the Law Society and is not intended as the only standard of good practice a conveyancing solicitor should adhere to. The Practice Note does, however, represent the Law Society’s perspective of acceptable practice for publicising conveyancing charges, and accordingly it’s a recommended read for any solicitor or conveyancer in Buckingham or beyond.

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