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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hanwell

We are downsizing from our house in Hanwell and according to the buyers it appears that there is a possibility that the property was constructed land that was not decontaminated. A high street Hanwell lawyer would know this is not the case. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers are using a nationwide conveyancing firm as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in Hanwell. Having lived in Hanwell for 4 years we know that this is a non issue. Should we contact our local Authority to seek clarification that there is no issue.

It would appear that you have a conveyancing lawyer currently acting for you. What do they say? You should enquire of 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)

Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to my property are lost. The lawyers who did the conveyancing in Hanwell 5 years ago have long since closed. Will I be able to sell the house?

Nowadays there are copies made of almost everything, and your lawyer will know precisely where to look for all the appropriate documentation so you may purchase or sell your house without any difficulty. If duplicates can’t be located, your solicitor may be able to arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities protecting you against possible claims on the premises.

How does conveyancing in Hanwell differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build premises in Hanwell approach us having been asked by the housebuilder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is constructed. This is because builders in Hanwell tend to purchase the real estate, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct property lawyers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Hanwell or who has acted in the same development.

Completion is due on the disposal of our £175,000 apartment in Hanwell in seven days. The landlords agents has quoted £372 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and previous years statements of service charge. Is the landlord entitled to charge an administration fee for a leasehold conveyance in Hanwell?

Hanwell conveyancing on leasehold flats normally involves the purchaser’s conveyancer sending questions for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to respond to these enquiries the majority will be content to do so. They are at liberty to levy a reasonable charge for answering enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no set fee. The average costs for the paperwork that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some situations it exceeds £800. The administration charge required by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of entitlements and obligations in relation to administration charges, without which the charge is not strictly payable. In reality you have no choice but to pay whatever is demanded if you want to exchange contracts with the buyer.

I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without success. Can I make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a Hanwell conveyancing firm to help?

if there is a missing landlord or where there is dispute about the premium for a lease extension, under the relevant legislation you can apply to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to judgment on the price payable.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Hanwell premises is 6 Jessamine Road in August 2013. The Tribunals valuation (as annexed to the decision) calculated the amount payable as £18,355 for the freehold reversion This case related to 2 flats. The unexpired term was 72.39 years.

We are in the midst of selling our flat in Hanwell. Conveyancing solicitors are doing their job but we are being charged a fortune from the managing agents. To date we have forked out £237 for a leasehold management pack and then another £117.20 for responses to questions raised by the buyers property lawyer.

You will not have control over the level of the charges for this information however the average costs for the information for Hanwell leasehold premises is £395. For Hanwell conveyancing deals it is standard for the seller to cover the charges. The landlord or their agents are under no statutory obligation to answer these questions although many will agree to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices out of proportion to the work involved. Regretfully there is no legislation that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. There is no set time limit by which they are required to issue the information.

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