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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Burnage

I am told that my conveyancing solicitors will need to check that the building insurance for my purchase of a house in Burnage. My lender is Chelsea Building Society

Chelsea Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook. As of 15/12/2018, the requirements read as follows :

Should our conveyancer be raising enquiries concerning flooding as part of the conveyancing in Burnage.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for conveyancers dealing with homes in Burnage. Plenty of people will acquire a property in Burnage, completely expectant that at some time, it may be flooded. However, leaving to one side the physical damage, where a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, adequate building insurance, or dispose of the premises. Steps can be carried out during the course of a house purchase to forewarn the buyer.

Lawyers are not qualified to impart advice on flood risk, but there are a various checks that can be carried out by the purchaser or by their solicitors which will figure out the risks in Burnage. The conventional set of completed inquiry forms given to a purchaser’s solicitor (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) incorporates a standard question of the seller to determine if the premises has historically flooded. If flooding has previously occurred which is not revealed by the owner, then a purchaser may issue a compensation claim as a result of such an inaccurate response. A purchaser’s lawyers will also carry out an environmental search. This should indicate if there is any known flood risk. If so, additional inquiries should be conducted.

I used Stirling Law several years ago for my conveyancing in Burnage. Now, I need the files but cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?

Do contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracking down 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 Burnage of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously hired, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

My cousin has urged me to use his conveyancers in Burnage. Do I follow his advice?

Much as we are happy to recommend a Burnage conveyancing lawyer the ideal way to choose a conveyancing solicitor is to get referrals from friends or family who have actually used the firm you're considering.

I've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have since found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a house with a leasehold title in Burnage. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

The majority of houses in Burnage are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are purchasing in Burnage in which case you should be looking for a Burnage conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. As a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example obtaining the freeholder’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is part of an estate. Your conveyancer should report to you on the legal implications.

Burnage Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Questions you should consider Prior to buying

    Be sure to investigate if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. For example some leases prohibit pets being allowed in certain buildings in Burnage. If you love the flatin Burnage but your cat is not allowed to move with you then you will be presented with a hard determination. Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge payments? Where a Burnage lease has less than eighty years it will impact the salability of the flat. Check with your bank that they are willing to to proceed given the lease term. Leases with fewer than 80 years remaining means that you will almost definitely require a lease extension at some point and it is worth finding out what this would cost. For most Burnagelease extensions you would be required to have been the owner of the property for a couple of years in order to be entitled to extend the lease.

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