My colleague suggested that where I am buying in Harrow I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?
A search of this type is sometimes included in the estimate for your Harrow conveyancing searches. It is a large report of about 40 pages, listing and detailing significant information about Harrow around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the demographics of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Local Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information regarding Harrow.
I got the keys to my house on 7 November and the transaction details is not yet registered. Should I be concerned? My conveyancing solicitor in Harrow advises it should be concluded in less than a month. Are transfers in Harrow particularly slow to register?
There is nothing unique about conveyancing in Harrow registration formalities. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timeframes can vary according to the party submitting the application, whether there are errors and if the Land registry need to notify any 3rd parties. Currently roughly 80% of such applications are fully dealt with in less than three weeks but occasionally there can be longer hold-ups. Registration occurs after the new owner has moved in to the premises thus an expedited registration is not usually an essential issue but if it is urgent that the the registration takes place urgently then you or your solicitor must speak with the land registry and explain the circumstances.
Do I need to be concerned about brokers that I am dealing with are encouraging me to use a nationwide conveyancing firm rather than a local Harrow conveyancing firm?
As is the case with many service providers, often suggestions from relatives can be worth their weight in gold. Nevertheless there are many people with a keen interest in a conveyancing matter; estate agents, financial adviser and mortgage companies might all put forward lawyers to appoint. On occasion the conveyancers might be known to one of the organisations as experts in their field, but sometimes there is an underlying financial incentive behind the endorsement. You are at liberty to select your preferred lawyer. You need to be aware that many lenders operate an approved list of conveyancers you are obliged to use for the mortgage aspect of your home move.
We're novice buyers - agreed a price, yet the agent advised that the seller will only issue a contract if we use their chosen conveyancers as they need a ‘quick sale’. We would rather use a family solicitor with experience of conveyancing in Harrow
We suspect that the owner is unaware of this ultimatum. Should the vendor require ‘a quick sale', turning down a genuine purchaser is not the way to achieve this. Contact the vendors directly and explain that (a)you are serious buyers (b)you are excited to move forward, with mortgage lined up © you are chain free (d) you wish to move quickly (e)but you intend to instruct your own,trusted Harrow conveyancing firm - not the ones that will give their estate agent a commission or achieve conveyancing figures set by senior management.
I have just started marketing my ground floor apartment in Harrow. Conveyancing solicitors are to be appointed soon, but I have recently received a quarterly maintenance charge demand – what should I do?
It best that you pay the service charge as normal given that all ground rent and maintenance payments should be allotted as part of the financial calculations for completion monies, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most managing agents will not acknowledge the buyer until the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. Having a clear account will assist your cause and will leave you no worse off financially.
I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord to extend my lease without getting anywhere. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on such issues? Can you recommend a Harrow conveyancing firm to represent me?
if there is a absentee freeholder or if there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the relevant statutes it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to assess the price payable.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Harrow premises is flat 93b Welldon Crescent in May 2009. The Tribunals valuation for a 90-year lease extension of this fat was £13,171 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 75.25 years.