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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Dorking

What is your number one tip for finding a conveyancing solicitor in Dorking

It would be unwise to be swayed by the lowest Dorking conveyancing fees. You really do get what you’re paying for when it comes to conveyancing solicitors. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you know exactly what you’ll have to pay in ahead of time.

Have just purchased a repossessed house at auction in Dorking. Conveyancing is required. What happens now?

Having to all intents and purposes signed on the dotted line you will need to find a conveyancing practitioner quickly as you are faced with a pending deadline in which to complete the deal. An auction property should have a corresponding legal pack. This should include evidence of title and search results. Where you are dealing with leasehold property the conveyancing pack should include a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and other conveyancing documentation specific to a leasehold property. You must pass this on to your appointed conveyancing solicitor ASAP. Do make sure that your finances are in order to complete the transaction on the set completion date.

I have today made my last payment due on my mortgage with Co-operative. I assume I don't need a Dorking conveyancing practitioner on the Co-operative panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm.

If you have finished paying off your Co-operative mortgage, they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Co-operative mortgage from the register. Co-operative, and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage:

  1. but are not moving to another property
  2. where Co-operative has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
  3. Co-operative has instructed the Land Registry to do so
The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Co-operative mortgage has been paid off.

We are close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our house in Dorking and according to the buyers it appears that there is a risk of it being built land that was not decontaminated. A local conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the purchasers used a national conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Dorking. We have lived in Dorking for 5 years we know of no issue. Do we contact our local Authority to get confirmation that the buyers are looking for.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You need to enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same sickness)

I have recentlyfound out that Arc property Solicitors have been shut down. They conducted my conveyancing in Dorking for a purchase of a leasehold apartment 18 months ago. How can I check that my home is registered correctly in the name of the former proprietor?

The easiest way to see 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 Dorking conveyancing specialists.

About to purchase a new build flat in Dorking. Conveyancing is a frightening process 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 legal work.

Here is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Dorking

    Please supply a car parking plan. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry. Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease.

I work for a reputable estate agent office in Dorking where we have experienced a number of flat sales put at risk due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given inconsistent advice from local Dorking conveyancing solicitors. Can you shed some light as to whether the owner of a flat can start the lease extension formalities for the buyer?

As long as the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to commence the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the buyer need not have to sit tight for 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or at the same time as completion of the sale.

An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.

I invested in buying a split level flat in Dorking, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Similar properties in Dorking with over 90 years remaining are worth £260,000. The ground rent is £50 invoiced every year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2094

With 75 years left to run the likely cost is going to span between £8,600 and £9,800 plus professional fees.

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 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 clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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