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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Downham

How do I identify reasonably priced conveyancing in Downham?

First ask relatives whom they would instruct.

Second, look on the web for conveyancing in Downham. Pick up the phone to a couple or more firms listed and ask them to email you their conveyancing fees and speak to the lawyer who will oversee your conveyancing in advance ofcommitting.

Third is to use our search tool to assist you in finding the right lawyers taking into account your unique requirements including the type of property,speed, complexity and who your intended lender is. Do not be teased by low cost conveyancing in Downham

Please explain the implications if my lawyer’s firm is suspended from the UBS Solicitor panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Downham?

The first thing to point out is that, this is a very rare occurrence. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.

When it comes to lenders such as TSB, do Downham conveyancers face an annual charge to be on the conveyancing panel?

We are unaware of any mortgage company fees to be on their panel, although some do levy an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel submission.

I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in Downham off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with TSB. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?

It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with TSB, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the TSB conveyancing panel.

Clydesdale have agreed my home loan in principle, my offer on a apartment in Downham has been agreed to, what happens next?

The estate agent will wish to know who your solicitors are (ensure that the conveyancing practitioners are on the lender’s approved list). Contact Clydesdale or your broker and finalise any outstanding documentation. Clydesdale will appoint a valuer who will get in contact with the estate agent or seller to book a slot for the valuation to occur. Once carried out (assuming no problems) it takes approximately a fortnight to get a mortgage offer. Clydesdale will send the offer to you and your solicitors. The legal work will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Downham.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a flat up to £305k and identified one round the corner in Downham I like with amenity areas and station in the vicinity, the downside is that it only has 51 years on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Downham for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake buying a lease with such few years left?

Should you need a home loan the remaining unexpired lease term will likely be an issue. Reduce the offer by the anticipated lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current proprietor has owned the property for a minimum of 2 years you could ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease term with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing lawyer about this.

What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Downham conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?

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

    If they are not ALEP accredited then why not?

I have had difficulty in trying to purchase the freehold in Downham. Can this matter be resolved via the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal?

Absolutely. We are happy to put you in touch with a Downham conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Downham property is Ravensbourne Lodge 4 Highland Road in February 2013. the Tribunal held that the amount payable for the freehold was £22,268

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