We see that you have a post code search directory identifying law firms on the HSBC conveyancing panel. Do companies pay you a referral fee if I retain them for our own conveyancing in Cranfield?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the HSBC conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Cranfield.
I purchased a renovated Victorian house in Cranfield. Conveyancing solicitor represented me and The Royal Bank of Scotland. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw a couple of entries: one for freehold, another for leasehold with the exact same address. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?
You need to assess the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Cranfield and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with buyers. You can also enquire as to the position with your conveyancing practitioner who conducted the conveyancing.
Should I instruct a Cranfield conveyancing solicitor based in the location that I am hoping to buy? We have a good friend who can perform the conveyancing but her office is 400miles drive away.
The benefit of a local Cranfield conveyancing firm is that you can drop in to execute paperwork, present your identification documents and apply pressure on them where appropriate. They will also have local insight which is a plus. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If you know people who instructed your friend and the majority were happy that should trump using an unfamiliar Cranfield conveyancing solicitor just because they are based in the area.
I wish to sublet my leasehold apartment in Cranfield. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Do I need to ask my freeholder for permission?
The lease governs the relationship between the freeholder and you the flat owner; specifically, it will set out if subletting is prohibited, or permitted but only subject to certain caveats. The rule is that if the lease contains no specific ban or restriction, subletting is allowed. Most leases in Cranfield do not prevent an absolute prevention of subletting – such a provision would adversely affect the market value the flat. In most cases there is simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a copy of the sublease.
I am the registered owner of a ground floor flat in Cranfield, conveyancing was carried out in 2002. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Similar flats in Cranfield with over 90 years remaining are worth £201,000. The ground rent is £45 levied per year. The lease ceases on 21st October 2083
You have 64 years left to run we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £14,300 and £16,400 plus legals.
The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more comprehensive investigations. Do not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other concerns that need to be considered and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.
What can I do to determine who owns a property in Cranfield?
As long as the premises is recorded at the Land Registry, and you have the details of the address of the premises, you should be able to view results from the HM Land Registry of the registered owner for a fee.