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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Edgbaston

My brother and I have lately purchased a property in Edgbaston. We have since encountered a number of issues with the house which we consider were missed in the conveyancing searches. What action can we take? Can you clarify the nature of searches that should have been conducted as part of conveyancing in Edgbaston?

The query is not clear as to the nature of the problems and if they are unique to conveyancing in Edgbaston. Conveyancing searches and due diligence undertaken as part of the buying process are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the process, a seller completes a questionnaire referred to as a Seller’s Property Information Form. If the information ends up being inaccurate, you could possibly take legal action against the vendor for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Edgbaston.

Finally the sale completed on my house in Edgbaston last February yet the purchaser is telephoning me complaining that his lawyer needs to hear from mine. What are the post completion sale formalities now that I have sold?

Following your sale your solicitor is obliged to send the transfer documentation and all supplemental paperwork to the buyer’s solicitors. If applicable, your conveyancer must also confirm that the legal charge in favour of the lender has been discharged to the buyers lawyers. There is unlikely to be post completion tasks just for conveyancing in Edgbaston.

Over the last few months I have been searching for a flat up to £235,500 and identified one close by in Edgbaston I like with amenity areas and railway links in the vicinity, the downside is that it's only got 51 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Edgbaston for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake purchasing a lease with such few years left?

Should you require a home loan the shortness of the lease may be an issue. Discount the price by the anticipated lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current owner has owned the property for at least twenty four months you could request that they start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor concerning this matter.

I have been sourcing a conveyancing practitioner in Edgbaston for my remortgage. Is there any facility to see a solicitor's complaints history with the profession’s regulator?

Members of the public may read published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations arising from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For details Pre 2008, or to check a firm's record, phone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator sometimes recorded telephone calls for training reasons.

Completion is due on the sale of our £325,000 apartment in Edgbaston next Thursday. The freeholder has quoted £384 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is the landlord entitled to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Edgbaston?

Edgbaston conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes normally results in fees being invoiced by freeholders :

    Addressing pre-exchange questions Where consent is required before sale in Edgbaston Supplying insurance information Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your solicitor will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Edgbaston leasehold premises is £350. For Edgbaston conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to provide the information.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Edgbaston - Sample of Questions you should ask before Purchasing

    How much is the yearly maintenance fee and ground rent? Please inform me if there are any major works in the planning that will likely add a premium to the service charges?

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