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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Devon

I am aiming to move property in December. Will my conveyancing solicitor call the removal company on the completion day. As an aside, can you suggest a removal company in Devon. Conveyancing solicitor was organised prior to coming across this site.

On the day of completion you can collect the house keys from the property agent but this should only be done after the previous owners solicitors inform the agent that they have the completion monies and the keys can be released. You can tell the removal men that you are ready to move in. As a matter of policy we do not recommend a specific removal organisation but can help you locate a residential property solicitor in Devon or a legal practice with expertise in conveyancing in Devon.

I currently have a mortgage with Leeds Building Society for my property in Devon. Conveyancing was finalised some time ago. If I am intending to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Leeds Building Society?

Your original mortgage agreement with Leeds Building Society will provide that you need their approval prior to letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Leeds Building Society’s mortgage conditions. It may be that Leeds Building Society will permit you to let out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Leeds Building Society directly. You need not do this via a Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel firm.

I recently had an offer accepted on a house in Devon. My mortgage broker suggested a lawyer. I paid an advanced payment of £175. A couple of days later, the property lawyer contacted me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the TSB conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the TSB panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

I have recentlydiscovered that Action Conveyancing have closed. They conducted my conveyancing in Devon for a purchase of a freehold house 12 months ago. How can I be sure that my home is not still registered in the name of the previous owner?

The easiest way to check if the premises is registered to you, you can make a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Devon conveyancing specialists.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a house I put an offer in last month in what was supposed to be a straight forward, chain free conveyancing. Devon is the location of the property. Is there any advice you can impart?

Flying freeholds in Devon are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Devon you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Devon may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Devon. Before I set the wheels in motion I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

Assuming the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in Devon - then the leasehold title will always include the short particulars of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title. For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

I bought a 1 bedroom flat in Devon, conveyancing was carried out 6 years ago. Can you shed any light on how much the price could be for a 90 year extension to my lease? Comparable flats in Devon with an extended lease are worth £186,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 levied per year. The lease ends on 21st October 2074

With only 52 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to be between £29,500 and £34,000 as well as costs.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of detailed due diligence. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward based on this information without first getting professional advice.

We are in the midst of selling our flat in Devon. Conveyancing is fine but we have been asked to pay an extortionate amount by the freeholder. So far we have forked out £237 for a leasehold management information and then a further £134.40 for additional questions supplied by the buyers conveyancer.

You will not have control over the extent of the fee for this information but the typical fee for the information for Devon leasehold property is £355. For Devon conveyancing sales it is standard for the vendor to cover the charges. The freeholder or their agents are not duty bound to answer these questions although many will agree to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no legislation that mandates capped fees for administrative tasks. Nor is there any prescriptive time limit by which they are duty bound to supply the information.

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