I require conveyancing for an apartment in a relatively new development (five years built) in Godstone. 95% of the appartments have already been occupied. Do I need carry out the local searches for my conveyancing in Godstone?
You would be taking a significant risk in refusing to carrying out Godstone conveyancing searches. Without searches you have no clarity over flooding, environmental etc which may mean you walk away due to potential problems down the line. If you are buying without a mortgage there is no legal requirement to have them, but we would seriously advise in no uncertain terms that you have them. If speed and expenses are top of your issues you should discuss with your solicitor about the options such as lack of search insurance available to you
My brother-in-law has suggested I instruct a conveyancing solicitor in Godstone. I need to find out whether they are accepted on the The Mortgage Works approved list of lawyers. Can you help?
The first thing to do is contact your lawyer and ask them whether they are on the lender panel. Alternatively you should get in touch with The Mortgage Works who may be able to help.
I have recentlybecome aware that Stirling Law have closed. They carried out my conveyancing in Godstone for a purchase of a leasehold flat 9 months ago. How can I check that my home is registered correctly in the name of the former proprietor?
The easiest method to check if the premises is in your name, 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 Godstone conveyancing specialists.
Should I be concerned that brokers that I am dealing with are recommending a web based conveyancing firm rather than a High Street Godstone conveyancing practice?
As with lots of professional services, often input from family and friends can be extremely useful or valuable. But there are many players in a conveyancing deal; estate agents, financial adviser and banks might all recommend lawyers to appoint. On occasion these lawyers might be known to one of the organisations as one of the best in their field, but occasionally there may be a financial incentive behind the endorsement. You have the discretion to appoint your preferred conveyancer. However, bear in mind that some mortgage providers operate an approved list of lawyers you are obliged to use for the mortgage aspect of your conveyancing.
What are your top tips when it comes to appointing a Godstone conveyancing firm to deal with our lease extension?
When appointing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Godstone conveyancing practice) it is most important that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you make enquires with two or three firms including non Godstone conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. The following questions might be helpful:
Can they put you in touch with clients in Godstone who can give a testimonial?
Having spent months of correspondence we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Godstone. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?
in cases where there is a missing freeholder or if there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the relevant statutes you can apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to make a decision on the amount due.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Godstone premises is 223 Brighton Road in September 2013. The premium payable for the acquisition freehold of the properties should be £10,934 (Ten thousand,nine hundred and thirty four pounds) This case was in relation to 3 flats. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 75 years.