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Find a Chester Conveyancing Solictior on Your Lender’s Panel

Ready to buy a new home in Chester? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your Chester transaction at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Chester

After what seems like an age a loan offer from Santander for the refinancing of my single room maisonette is due within the next few days. Can you propose a cheap conveyancing solicitor in Chester?

You are on the wrong site if you are in need of the cheapest conveyancing solicitors in Chester. Our goal is to offer excellent value conveyancing but we do not aim to work with the cheapest lawyers. Do not be fooled by organisations enticing you with ninety nine pound conveyancing in Chester. At best, in going for low cost conveyancing, you will get your money’s worth and at worst it will result in you with a hefty uplift in extras and still not end up with the service expected.

My partner and I are acquiring a brand new flat in Chester and my solicitor is telling me that she has to the lender to disclose incentives from the builder. I am nearing the developer’s deadline to exchange contracts and I have no desire to prolong deal. Is my lawyer right?

You should not exchange unless you have been advised to do so by your conveyancing practitioner. A precondition to being on a lender panel is to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements. The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.

We just had an offer accepted to purchase with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. I dropped in 3 or 4 local firms but am struggling to find a Chester conveyancing firm on the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society panel. Could you help?

Please do take advantage of the find a conveyancing panel solicitor tool on this web page. Please choose the building society and type Chester or your location and you will discover numerous solicitors offices in Chester or near you.

I'm purchasing my first flat in Chester with a loan from Halifax. The sellers would not budge the amount so I negotiated £7000 of fixtures and fittings instead. The house builders rep suggested that I not disclose to my lawyer about the side-deal as it could adversely affect my loan with the lender. Do I keep my lawyer in the dark?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

Are there common deficiencies that you encounter in leases for Chester properties?

Leasehold conveyancing in Chester is not unique. Most leases are unique and legal mistakes in the legal wording can sometimes mean that certain sections are missing. For example, if your lease is missing any of the following, it could be defective:

    Maintenance charge proportions which don’t add up to the correct percentage Insurance obligations

You may encounter difficulties when selling your property if you have a defective lease primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. HSBC Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and Godiva Mortgages Ltd all have express requirements when it comes to what is expected in a lease. Where a lender has been advised by their lawyers that the lease is defective they may refuse to provide security, obliging the purchaser to pull out.

Chester Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Questions you should ask Prior to Purchasing

    The prefered form of lease arrangement is a share of the freehold. In this situation the lessees benefit from control and notwithstanding that a managing agent is usually employed where it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent is directed by the tenants. What is the yearly maintenance fee and ground rent? What restrictions exist in the Chester Lease?

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