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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Christchurch

Having been told to check out your site we were going to go ahead with a conveyancing solicitor in Christchurch recommended using your comparison tool but have come across alternative estimates on the internet look cheaper – how come?

You can find numerous conveyancing companies marketing what appear to be very low prices. We would urge you to give due consideration about how much you respect your own move to you are willing to take 'cheap' risks concerning the quality of the legal work. Many of them highlight a cheap fee to catch your eye but plant supplemental costs in the small print..

We are purchasing a flat in Christchurch. I might seem paranoid but how we can trust a lawyer? At some point we have to put funds into their account. What protection do we have from them run away with our monies?

Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.

I am purchasing a property in Christchurch. A rare aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Clydesdale be concerned?

Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Clydesdale your lawyer must follow the formal instructions contained in Section two of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Clydesdale. The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook sets out minimum provisions for solar panel roof-space leases, and lawyers are required to report to Clydesdale where a lease fails to comply with these requirements. The provisions relate to the installation of panels on properties countrywide and is not limited to Christchurch.

I've digested plenty of house buying guides, I note that they all recommend that you should get your house surveyed prior to buying it. When I asked my local Christchurch solicitor - who is on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel - on this she said they don't do this and I need to contract an independent surveyor. Is that normal?

Leeds Building Society will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Leeds Building Society will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. You may wish to consider appointing your own Christchurch surveyor to carry out a survey or prepare a home buyers report on the property. It is up to you to satisfy yourself that the property is structurally sound before you buy it. If the survey or report reveals that building work is needed, you should tell your solicitor. You may wish to renegotiate with the seller.

Should commercial conveyancing searches reveal impending roadworks that could affect a commercial premises in Christchurch?

Its becoming the norm that commercial conveyancing solicitors in Christchurch will execute a SiteSolutions Highways report as it reduces the time that conveyancers invest in researching accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in Christchurch. The search result sets out definitive information on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in Christchurch.

For each commercial conveyancing transaction in Christchurch it is crucial to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. The absence of identifying developments where adoption procedures have not been addressed adequately can cause delays to Christchurch commercial conveyancing deals as well as pose a risk to future plans for the site. These searches are not conducted for residential conveyancing in Christchurch.

Is there anything unique about your site and other web based conveyancing solicitors for conveyancing in Christchurch?

At this site obtain a fixed fee costs illustration via a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer that understands the issues of your conveyancing in Christchurch. Unlike many estate agents and many comparison sites we do not have kick-back arrangements with solicitors. A large number of agents and online brokers 'recommend' the firm who pay the highest per referral, as opposed to the best value conveyancing in Christchurch

I've recently bought a leasehold flat in Christchurch. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?

In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

I invested in buying a studio flat in Christchurch, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. Can you shed any light on how much the price could be for a 90 year extension to my lease? Corresponding properties in Christchurch with over 90 years remaining are worth £191,000. The ground rent is £55 charged once a year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2075

With just 54 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to range between £31,400 and £36,200 as well as professional fees.

The figure above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive investigations. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt other issues that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action based on this information without first getting professional advice.

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