I have given 8 weeks notice to my existing landlord and have to be out of my rented apartment in Charing Cross by 18/4/2019. Conveyancing on my purchase is underway. How realistic is it to complete in six weeks as I wish to avoid having to move into temporary accommodation?
It is unwise to give notice for your tenancy unless your lawyer suggests that you should. Assuming that you have not previously done so, speak to your lawyer and urge them to they chase the owners lawyers, try to an agreed time frame that all parties will look towards
I am assisting my niece sell her flat in Charing Cross. Does the conveyancing solicitor arrange the EPC or it is for the owner to see to?
After the demise of HIPs, energy assessments remained a compulsory part of moving house. An energy performance certificate should be commissioned prior to the property being marketed. This is not as aspect of the sale process that law firms normally organise. Where you are using a Charing Cross conveyancing lawyer they may help arrange EPC’s due to their contacts with long established Charing Cross providers
We previously chose solicitors locally in Charing Cross on the Nationwide solicitor panel. They are now charging me a further sum for handling the Nationwide mortgage. Is this an additional conveyancing fee set by Nationwide?
Provided it is contained in their Terms of Engagement or Quote then yes your conveyancing practitioner is entitled to charge a fee for this. The fee is not dictated by Nationwide but by your Charing Cross lawyer. Plenty of firms on the Nationwide panel will quote ’dealing with mortgage’ fee and others do not.
I recently had an offer accepted on a house in Charing Cross. My mortgage broker suggested a property lawyer. I paid an advanced payment of £175. A couple of days later, the lawyer contacted me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the HSBC panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
My relative recommended that if I am purchasing in Charing Cross I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?
This is a search is occasionally included in the estimate for your Charing Cross conveyancing searches. It is a large report of about 40 pages, listing and setting out important information about Charing Cross around the property and the people living there. It incorporates an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Charing Cross Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Local Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about Charing Cross.
I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a house I have offered on two weeks back in what should have been a quick, chain free conveyancing. Charing Cross is the location of the property. Can you offer any assistance?
Flying freeholds in Charing Cross are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Charing Cross you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Charing Cross may determine that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.
As co-executor for the estate of my father I am selling a residence in Neath but reside in Charing Cross. My solicitor (who is 300 kilometers from mehas requested that I execute a statutory declaration before the transaction finalising. Can you recommend a conveyancing lawyer in Charing Cross to attest and place their company stamp on the document?
Technically speaking you are not likely to need to have the documents witnessed by a conveyancing solicitor. Normally any notary public or qualified solicitor will do regardless of whether they are located in Charing Cross