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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Great Barr

I am helping my step-mother sell her flat in Great Barr. Does the solicitor arrange an energy assessment or do I organise this?

Following the abolition of HIPs, energy performance certificates was retained a required element of moving house. An EPC needs to be to hand before the property is advertised. This is not as aspect of the sale process that law firms ordinarily organise. Where you are using a Great Barr conveyancing solicitor they may be willing to arrange EPC’s due to their contacts with long established local energy assessors

Yorkshire BS have agreed my mortgage in principle, my offer on a flat in Great Barr has been agreed to, now what?

The property agent will need to be informed of your conveyancer's details (ensure that the conveyancing practitioners are on the bank’s approved list). Call up Yorkshire BS or the broker and complete any relevant paperwork. Yorkshire BS will instruct a valuer who will get in contact with the estate agent or vendor to book a time for the valuation to happen. Once carried out (assuming no problems) it takes about a week for the mortgage offer to be issued. Yorkshire BS will send the offer to you and your conveyancers. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Great Barr.

I have finally had an offer on a flat in Great Barr accepted, the owners do however have a dependent purchase. The owners have offered on somewhere, but it’s not yet agreed to, and have viewings of other apartments in the pipeline. I have chosen a bricks and mortar conveyancing solicitor in Great Barr. What should be my next step? When do I get the mortgage application with Skipton started?

It is understandable to have apprehensions where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to incur expenses too early (home loan application is approx one thousand pounds, then valuation, Great Barr conveyancing search fees, etc). First, you must check that your conveyancing practitioner is on the Skipton conveyancing panel. Regarding the subsequent steps this very much dictated by the specifics of your case, motivation for this property and on the state of the market. During a hot market some purchasers would apply for the mortgage with Skipton and arrange for the valuation and only if it was satisfactory would they request their conveyancer to press on with searches.

I have recentlybeen informed that Wolstenholmes have been shut down. They carried out my conveyancing in Great Barr for a purchase of a leasehold apartment 12 months ago. How can I be sure that the property is registered correctly in the name of the former proprietor?

The quickest way to check if the property is registered to you, 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 Great Barr conveyancing specialists.

Am I right to be wary by estate agents that I am dealing with are encouraging me to use a factory type conveyancing firm as opposed to a High Street Great Barr conveyancing company?

As is the case with many professional services, often referrals from relatives can be very helpful. But there are many parties with a vested interest in a conveyancing transaction; estate agents, mortgage brokers and lenders may put forward conveyancers to use. Sometimes the solicitors might be known to one of the organisations as experts in their field, but occasionally there is an underlying commercial relationship behind the recommendation. You are at liberty to select your own conveyancer. You need to be aware that most mortgage providers specify a panel list of law firms you have to use for the mortgage aspect of your transaction.

I am thinking of appointing a conveyancing practitioner in Great Barr for my remortgage. Is there any facility to review a firm’s complaints history with the legal regulator?

Members of the public may review presented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations arising from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Go to Check a solicitor's record. To find details about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a solicitors record, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator could monitor call for training requirements.

We expect to complete the sale of our £375,000 flat in Great Barr in just under a week. The landlords agents has quoted £300 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Great Barr?

Great Barr conveyancing on leasehold maisonettes often requires the purchaser’s lawyer submitting enquiries for the landlord to address. Although the landlord is not legally bound to answer such questions most will be content to do so. They are at liberty to invoice a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average fee for the information that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some situations it is above £800. The administration charge required by the landlord must be sent together with a synopsis of rights and obligations in relation to administration charges, otherwise the invoice is not strictly payable. Reality however dictates that you have no choice but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to complete the sale of your home.

Great Barr Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries before buying

    How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their maintenance charge payments? The answer will be useful as a) areas can cause problems in the block as the communal areas may start to deteriorate if services are not paid for b) if the tenants have an issue with the managing agents you will need to know about it The prefered form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this scenario the lessees have being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is often employed where the building is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent is directed by the tenants.

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