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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hackney

I am close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our property in Hackney and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a possibility that the property was constructed on contaminated land. A high street Hackney conveyancer would know this is not the case. It does beg the question why the purchasers instructed an online conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Hackney. We have lived in Hackney for 5 years we know of no issue. Should we contact our local Authority to obtain confirmation that the buyers are looking for.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing solicitor already. Are they able to advise? You need to 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 health insurance to cover that same illness)

What does commercial conveyancing in Hackney cover?

Hackney conveyancing for business premises covers a wide range of guidance, provided by regulated solicitors, relating to business property. For example, this area of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more usually, the assignment of existing leases or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial mortgages and the termination of leases.

I need to instruct a conveyancing solicitor for my conveyancing in Hackney. I've chance upon a web site which appears to be the perfect solution If it is possible to get all the legals done via email that would be ideal. Do I need to be concerned? What are the potential pitfalls?

As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?

I am employed by a reputable estate agency in Hackney where we see a few leasehold sales jeopardised as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given conflicting advice from local Hackney conveyancing firms. Could you clarify whether the vendor of a flat can instigate the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

Provided that the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the proposed purchaser need not have to sit tight for 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed before, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.

I am the proprietor of a basement flat in Hackney. Given that I can not reach agreement with the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the sum due for the purchase of the freehold?

Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Hackney conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Hackney property is 150 Amhurst Road in December 2013. The tribunal concluded that the premium to be paid by the applicant for the enfranchisement of the subject property was £43,500. This case related to 4 flats. The unexpired lease term was 90 (or thereabouts).

What is the reason for my lawyer requiring a list of items of identification before I can commence with selling or purchasing a property in Hackney?

Hackney conveyancers are required by the Law Society, SRA, HMLR and current Money Laundering Regulations to record that the have checked the identity of their clients. It is also sometimes a condition of your bank if you are taking a mortgage. Furthermore they have to complete various forms, particularly those relating to SDLT and need to have details such as your full names, NI number and DOB.

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