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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Chatteris

I have given 2 months notice to my existing landlord and must be out of my rented apartment in Chatteris by the end of next month. Conveyancing for my house purchase has just started. Can I complete in three weeks as don't want to have to find temporary accommodation?

The normal practice is not to serve notice on a rental until your lawyer suggests that you should. Assuming that you have not previously done so, notify to your solicitor and ask them to they cajole the other lawyers, try to get a realistic time scale from them that everyone will aim to achieve

We are close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our home in Chatteris and according to the buyers it appears that there is a possibility that the property was constructed land that was not decontaminated. Any local conveyancer would know this is not the case. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers used an internet conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Chatteris. We have lived in Chatteris for three years we know of no issue. Do we get in touch with our local Authority to seek clarification that there is no issue.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor already. What do they say? You should enquire of 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)

The deeds to our house can not be found. The conveyancers who handled the conveyancing in Chatteris 10 years ago are no longer around. What do I do?

These day there are copies made of almost everything, and your conveyancer should be aware precisely where to look for all the relevant documentation so you may purchase or dispose of your house without a hitch. If copies are not available, your solicitor can arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities against future claims on the property.

I only have 62 years unexpired on my lease in Chatteris. I need to extend my lease but my freeholder is missing. What should I do?

If you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for an order to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be lengthened by the magistrate. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you or your lawyers have used your best endeavours to locate the landlord. On the whole a specialist would be helpful to carry out a search and prepare a report which can be accepted by the court as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor both on investigating the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court covering Chatteris.

I inherited a studio flat in Chatteris, conveyancing having been completed January 1999. How much will my lease extension cost? Comparable flats in Chatteris with over 90 years remaining are worth £171,000. The ground rent is £50 per annum. The lease finishes on 21st October 2099

With only 79 years unexpired we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £8,600 and £9,800 as well as costs.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action based on this information before getting professional advice.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to tick a lot of boxes, at a great figure which is making it more attractive. I have since found out that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns purchasing a leasehold house in Chatteris. Conveyancing lawyers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

The majority of houses in Chatteris are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local solicitor used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Chatteris in which case you should be looking for a Chatteris conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to dealing with leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a tenant you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions for example requiring the freeholder’sconsent to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the estate where the property is part of an estate. Your solicitor will report to you on the legal implications.

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