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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in County Durham

How do I search for the right lawyer to provide a quality service for our conveyancing in County Durham?

Option 1 is to ask connections who they would recommend.

Second, search the web for conveyancing in County Durham. Ring a couple or more firms listed and invite them to send you their conveyancing fee calculations and discuss your needs with the solicitor who will oversee the conveyancing in advance ofmaking your choice.

Third is to use this site to assist you in finding the right solicitors for you based on your own requirements including area of the property,deadlines, complexity and who the proposed mortgage company is. Don't take the bait of £100 conveyancing in County Durham

My fiancee and I are purchasing our first home. Our lawyer has texted usto check if we wish to order extra conveyancing searches. We are really unsure what's needed for conveyancing in County Durham

The range of County Durham conveyancing searches depends entirely on the property, the location, the possibility of any of these risks, your knowledge of the region and risks, your overall attitude to risk. What matters is that you adequately appreciate what information the searches could give you. Then you can make a decision if you personally think you need that search. Where you are uncertain, ask the property lawyer to guide you.

Have just purchased a probate house at auction in County Durham. Conveyancing is required. What happens now?

Now that you are legally bound yourself to purchase you must retain a conveyancing solicitor soon as you now have a fast approaching deadline in which to complete the deal. An auction property will have a bespoke legal pack. This will include the copy title deeds, local authority and drainage searches. If you have purchased leasehold premises the conveyancing papers may include a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing paperwork specific to a leasehold property. You must hand this to the conveyancer instructed by you as soon as possible. Do make sure that your finances are in place to complete on the date specified in the contract.

I am buying a victorian detached house in County Durham. We would like to an extension at the rear at the property.Will the conveyancing process include checks to see if these alterations are prohibited?

Your property lawyer should check the deeds as conveyancing in County Durham will occasionally identify restrictions in the title documents which prohibit certain works or need the permission of a 3rd party. Some extensions need local authority planning permissions and approval in compliance with building regulations. Many locations are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which frequently prevent or impact extensions. It would be wise to check these issues with a surveyor before you commit yourself to a purchase.

I'm spending time looking at flats in County Durham and I am now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a conveyancing practitioner in place at this point? I will be getting a mortgage with Yorkshire BS.

You should start requesting conveyancing estimates from solicitors ASAP. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their contact information on to the EA. As you are obtaining a mortgage with Yorkshire BS, ask your prospective lawyers if they are on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.

The deeds to my house can not be found. The conveyancers who dealt with the conveyancing in County Durham 5 years ago no longer exist. Will I be able to sell the house?

Assuming the title is registered the information relating to your proprietorship will be evidenced by the Land Registry with a Title Number. It is possible to conduct a search at the Land Registry, locate your property and order current copies of the property title for less than a fiver. Where the title is Leasehold then the Land Registry will usually hold a certified duplicate of the Registered Lease and again, a copy can be obtained for £20 inclusive of VAT.

I have recently realised that I have 72 years left on my flat in County Durham. I now wish to get lease extension but my landlord is missing. What options are available to me?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be extended by the Court. However, you will be required to prove that you or your lawyers have used your best endeavours to locate the freeholder. For most situations a specialist should be useful to try and locate and to produce an expert document which can be accepted by the court as evidence that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a solicitor both on proving the landlord’s disappearance and the application to the County Court overseeing County Durham.

County Durham Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    Most County Durham leasehold apartments will incur a service bill for maintenance of the building invoiced by the freeholder. Should you buy the flat you will have to pay this contribution, normally in instalments during the year. This can be anything from several hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large common areas. There will also be a rentcharge to be met annual, ordinarily this is not a large sum, say around £25-£75 but you should to enquire it because on occasion it could be many hundreds of pounds. How is the lease structured? It would be prudent to investigate if the the lease includes any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. For instance it is fairly common in County Durham leases that pets are not permitted in in a block in County Durham. If you love the flatin County Durham however your dog is not allowed to move with you then you will be presented with a hard decision.

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