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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Devon

We chose a Devon based solicitor for our conveyancing in Devon yesterday. Upon checking the Terms and Conditions I seewe are liable for fees even if the dealfalls through. Should I ditch them and appoint a web based firm advertising no completion no charge conveyancing in Devon?

It is usually a trade off in that if "No Sale No Fee" is offered then the conveyancing charges will tend to be be higher to counteract the conveyances that do not go ahead. Do bear in mind that such promotions generally do not cover expenses by way of example Devon conveyancing search charges.

I am the registered owner of a freehold premises in Devon but still charged rent, why is this and what is this?

It is rare for properties in Devon and has limited impact for conveyancing in Devon but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges date back hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the creation of new rentcharges from 1977 onwards.

Previous rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence post 2037 is to be extinguished.

I have been told that property searches are the main reason for stalling in Devon house deals. Is there any truth in this?

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) released conclusions of research by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not feature amongst the most frequent causes of hindrances during the legal transfer of property. Local searches are not likely to be the root cause of slowing down conveyancing in Devon.

I was advised by a few selling agents in Devon to locate a solicitor on your site. Is there a financial inducement for Estate Agents to promote your site over and above alternative conveyancing organisations?

We don’t offer any commission for sending work our way. We found it would be just too difficult to pay a commission as a client could think, ‘How come the agent getting a kickback? Why am I not getting any benefit too?’ So we decided to step away from that.

What are your top tips when it comes to finding a Devon conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?

If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Devon conveyancing practice) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you make enquires with several firms including non Devon conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions could be of use:

    What volume of lease extensions has the firm conducted in Devon in the last 12 months? What are the charges for lease extension conveyancing?

Devon Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    Most Devon leasehold properties will incur a service charge for the upkeep of the block levied by the management company. Should you buy the flat you will have to pay this liability, usually in instalments throughout the year. This can be anything from several hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for bigger purpose-built blocks. There will also be a ground rent for you to pay yearly, this is usually not a significant sum, say around £25-£75 but you need to check as sometimes it could be many hundreds of pounds. Who is in charge of the block? It is important to be aware whether window replacement or some other major work is coming up that will be shared between the leasehold owners and may well materially impact the level of the maintenance fees or result in a specific payment.

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