At what point can the exchange of contracts take place for purchase conveyancing in Gamlingay and am I required to be at the lawyers office?
Where you are round the corner to one of the conveyancing solicitors in Gamlingay you are invited in to sign the paperwork. However, the lender approved solicitors we work with offer a countrywide conveyancing service and give as equally diligent and professional a job for you when communicating with you by post or email. The executing of the contract is not when everything is set in stone. A signed contract is just a prerequisite for the firm to address the formalities when the time is right, which is ordinarily shortly after signing. The procedure is is usually a five minute process, although where a long "chain" is involved, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Gamlingay)to be in the office at the appropriate time.
We are close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our home in Gamlingay and according to the buyers it appears that there is a possibility that the property was constructed on contaminated land. A high street Gamlingay lawyer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers are using a nationwide conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Gamlingay. Having lived in Gamlingay for three years we know of no issue. Do we contact our local Authority to obtain clarification that there is no issue.
It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing lawyer already. What do they say? You must check with 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 life insurance to cover that same ailment)
I need to instruct a conveyancing practitioner in Gamlingay for my home move. Is it possible to see a firm’s complaints history with the legal regulator?
One can read presented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations stemming from inquisitions started on or after Jan 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. To find records Pre 2008, or to check a firm's record, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. International callers, call +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA could monitor call for training requirements.
I've recently bought a leasehold property in Gamlingay. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to completion of my purchase?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to ensure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
Gamlingay Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries Prior to buying
How much is the yearly service fee and ground rent? How is the lease structured? Its a good idea to discover as much as possible regarding the managing agents as they will either make living at the property much easier or uncomfortable. As the proprietor of a leasehold property you will be at the mercy of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to every day issues such as the cleanliness of the communal areas. Enquire of other tenants what they think of their service. Finally, investigate as to the dates that the maintenance fees are due to the relevant party and specifically what it includes.
At what point do I incur stamp duty chargeable for my purchase in Gamlingay?
The majority of solicitors will fill out a Land Transaction Return Form on your behalf during your Gamlingay conveyancing transaction for you to sign. After completion your lawyer will submit the STL application to the Tax Authorities and - assuming they have the money - pay any tax bill due for you.