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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Cranleigh

I instructed a local solicitor for my conveyancing in Cranleigh last week. Reviewing the terms of engagement it is apparent thatwe are liable for charges even where the transaction does not complete. Should I go with them or use an internet solicitor practice offering no-sale-no-fee conveyancing in Cranleigh?

It is usually ‘give and take’ in that if "No Sale No Fee" is offered then the fee levels will tend to be be more expensive to neutralise the conveyances that do not go ahead. You should be mindful that such schemes generally do not protect you from outlay such your Cranleigh conveyancing search fees.

A friend suggested that if I am purchasing in Cranleigh I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?

A search of this type is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard Cranleigh conveyancing searches. It is a large report of about 40 pages, listing and detailing significant information about Cranleigh around the property and the people living there. It incorporates an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Cranleigh Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Cranleigh Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about Cranleigh.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build flat in Cranleigh. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build conveyancing.

Here is a sample of a few leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Cranleigh

    Please supply a car parking plan. The Vendor must covenant to keep unoccupied units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision.

Am I best advised to go with a Cranleigh conveyancing lawyer in close proximity to the house I am buying? An old friend can perform the legal work however they are based 200miles away.

The benefit of a local Cranleigh conveyancing firm is that you can drop in to execute documents, hand in your ID and pester them if necessary. They will also have local intelligence which is a plus. That being said it's more important to get someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If if people you trust instructed your friend and they were content that must trump using an unknown Cranleigh conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being Cranleigh based.

Can you provide any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Cranleigh from the perspective of speeding up the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the delay in leasehold conveyancing in Cranleigh can be avoided if you get in touch lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to put together the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ representatives.
  • Some Cranleigh leases require Licence to Assign from the landlord. If this is the case, you should notify your estate agents to make sure that the purchasers put in hand bank and professional references. The bank reference will need to confirm that the buyers are able to meet the yearly service charge and the actual amount of the service charge should be quoted in the bank’s letter. You will therefore need to provide your estate agents with the actual amount of the service charge so that they can pass this information on to the buyers or their lawyers. You believe that you know the number of years left on your lease but it would be advisable verify this via your solicitors. A buyer’s conveyancer will be unlikely to recommend their client to proceed with the purchase of a leasehold property the remaining number of years is below 75 years. It is therefore important at an early stage that you identify whether the lease term requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your home on the market for sale. Many landlords or managing agents in Cranleigh charge for supplying management packs for a leasehold premises. You or your lawyers should discover the fee that they propose to charge. The management information can be applied for as soon as you have a buyer, thus reducing delays. The typical amount of time it takes to obtain the necessary information is three weeks. It is the most usual reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Cranleigh.

Cranleigh Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Questions you should consider Prior to buying

    This information is helpful as a) areas can cause problems for the block as the common areas may start to deteriorate where repairs remain unpaid b) if the leaseholders have a dispute with the running of the building you will need to have all the details Is anyone aware of any major works on the horizon that could add a premium to the service fees?

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