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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Crystal Palace

Why do I have to pay up front for conveyancing in Crystal Palace?

If you are buying a property in Crystal Palace your solicitor will request that you place them with monies to cover the the cost of the conveyancing searches. Generally this is asked for to cover the fees of the Local Authority Search. When the deposit is as part of the purchase price then this will be required immediately before exchange of contracts. The final balance that is needed should be sent to your lawyer a few days ahead of the day of completion.

We are buying a newly converted flat in Crystal Palace with a mortgage from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.We would like to retain our Crystal Palace conveyancing practitioner but Norwich and Peterborough Building Society says she’s not listed on their approved list of firms. we are left little option but to use a Norwich and Peterborough Building Society panel firm or keep our high street solicitor and fork out for one of their panel ones to represent them. This seems very unfair; is there anything we can do?

Unfortunately,no. The mortgage offered to you contains various provisions, a common one being that conveyancers must be on the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society approved list. Until recently, most mortgage companies had large numbers of solicitors on their panels: a borrower could find one for themselves, as long as it was on the lender's panel. The lender would then simply instruct the borrower's lawyers to act for the lender, too. You can use your lender's panel lawyers or you could borrow from another lender which does not restrict your choice. Another option that might be available is for your solicitors to apply to be on the conveyancing panel for Norwich and Peterborough Building Society

I am helping my sister sell her house in Crystal Palace. Does the conveyancer arrange an energy performance certificate or it is for the owner to see to?

Following the abolition of Home Information Packs, energy performance certificates became a required component of selling a property. An energy assessment should be to hand in advance of the property being marketed. It is not something that law firms ordinarily arrange. If you are instructing a Crystal Palace conveyancing solicitor they may be willing to arrange energy assessments given their relationships with long established Crystal Palace accredited person

Have just purchased a probate house at auction in Crystal Palace. Conveyancing is needed. What happens now?

Now that you are for all intents and purposes signed on the dotted line you should hire the services of a conveyancing practitioner as a matter of priority as you now have a pending a drop dead date to complete the conveyancing. An auction property will ordinarily have a bespoke legal set of papers. This will likely include the copy title deeds, local authority and drainage searches. In the case of leasehold property the legal pack should provide a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing paperwork specific to leasehold premises. You should hand this to your appointed conveyancing solicitor as soon as possible. You also need to ensure that that you have the requisite funding organised to complete on the on the contractual date .

My conveyancer has informed me that flying freehold insurance is required on my purchase. What is the level of cover for Crystal Palace conveyancing?

The right level of flying freehold indemnity insurance depends on your lender. It would differ for example between Nationwide Building Society and Chelsea Building Society. Conveyancing solicitors as opposed to members of the public take out such policies.

Am I better off to go with a Crystal Palace conveyancing solicitor in close proximity to the house I am purchasing? I have an old university friend who can execute the legal work however his firm is located 300miles away.

The primary upside of using a high street Crystal Palace conveyancing practice is that you can visit the firm to execute documents, deliver your identification documents and apply pressure on them if necessary. Having local Crystal Palace know how is a plus. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If you know people who used your friend and in the main were impressed that must surpass using an unknown Crystal Palace conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being local.

I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without any joy. Can one make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a Crystal Palace conveyancing firm to act on my behalf?

if there is a missing landlord or if there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the LVT to judgment on the amount due.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Crystal Palace property is Flat 5 4 Border Crescent in December 2013. the tribunal calculated that premium payable for the acquisition of a lease extension of the subject premises was in the sum of £14,900 (Fourteen thousand, nine hundred pounds). Those advising the applicant were advised to send a copy of the decision and a copy of the new lease with the premium (less the applicants costs as assessed by the Court) to the Croydon County Court (under claim number 3CR01226) for an officer of the Court to execute the new lease on behalf of the absentee landlord who is missing and cannot be traced). This case was in relation to 1 flat. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 69 years.

When it comes to leasehold conveyancing in Crystal Palace what are the most common lease problems?

Leasehold conveyancing in Crystal Palace is not unique. Most leases are individual and legal mistakes in the legal wording can sometimes mean that certain provisions are erroneous. The following missing provisions could result in a defective lease:

    Repairing obligations to or maintain elements of the property A duty to insure the building

A defective lease will likely cause issues when trying to sell a property primarily because it impacts on the ability to obtain a mortgage on the property. Lloyds TSB Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and TSB all have very detailed conveyancing instructions when it comes to what is expected in a lease. If a mortgage lender believes that the lease is defective they may refuse to provide security, forcing the purchaser to pull out.

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