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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Durham

Just been in touch with my conveyancing lawyer in Durham who completed the legal work 18 months ago asking for a conveyancing costs illustration based on an identical type of house sale & purchase (a leasehold premises and a freehold premises) of almost identical values with a loan from TSB. I am now being quoted twice the amount. Better the devil I know or should I try and find an alternative firm of conveyancing solicitor?

The costs illustration is fractionally on the steep side. If you shop around you may be able to reduce the fees slightly by perhaps £100 plus VAT. That being said, if you were happy with the conveyancing the firm gave you couldcome to rue choosing an a cheaper lawyer. Don't forget to be sure the firm can act for TSB. Do use our search tool to choose a Durham conveyancing firm on the TSB member panel, which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Durham.

I am acquiring a house without a mortgage in Durham. I have been living for the previous Seventeen years in Durham. Conveyancing searches are expensive. As I have knowledge of the area and road very well must I have all the conveyancing searches?

In the absence of a home loan, then almost all of the Durham conveyancing searches are non-obligatory. Your conveyancer will 'advise', no-doubt strongly, that you should have searches completed, but she has a professional duty to take that path of advice. Do consider; if you are going to sell the house one day, it will likely be be of importance to your prospective purchaser what the searches contain. On occasion properties with day to day issues can still throw up unfavourable search results. A good conveyancing solicitor in Durham will be able to give you some sensible guidance here.

I am looking to buy a flat and require a conveyancing solicitor in Durham who is on the Santander solicitor. Can you recommend a local solicitor?

Our service is limited to being a directory service for firms who wish to listed as being on the approved conveyancing panel for Santander in certain locations such as Durham. We dont recommend any particular firm.

Will my conveyancer be raising questions regarding flooding during the conveyancing in Durham.

Flooding is a growing risk for solicitors dealing with homes in Durham. There are those who buy a property in Durham, fully aware that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, leaving to one side the physical damage, if a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, satisfactory building insurance, or sell the premises. Steps can be carried out during the course of a property purchase to forewarn the purchaser.

Solicitors are not qualified to offer advice on flood risk, however there are a numerous checks that can be undertaken by the buyer or by their lawyers which should figure out the risks in Durham. The standard information supplied to a purchaser’s conveyancer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) incorporates a usual question of the seller to determine whether the property has suffered from flooding. If the premises has been flooded in past and is not notified by the seller, then a buyer could issue a legal claim for losses stemming from an misleading response. The buyer’s lawyers should also commission an environmental report. This should reveal if there is any known flood risk. If so, further inquiries will need to be initiated.

I have been on the look out for a flat up to £195,000 and identified one near me in Durham I like with amenity areas and railway links nearby, however it's only got 52 remaining years left on the lease. There is not much else in Durham suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake purchasing a short lease?

If you need a mortgage that many years will be problematic. Reduce the offer by the expected lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing owner has owned the property for a minimum of 2 years you may request that they start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. You can add 90 years to the current lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should consult your conveyancing lawyer concerning this.

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