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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hoddesdon

My best friend’s mother is a solicitor. I hope that I will be offered preferential pricing for conveyancing, However if that does not come materialise, what level of figure should I be expecting for conveyancing in Hoddesdon?

You should contrast pricing. Make use of our search tool on this site. You will notice that fees seem to vary but service levels do differ between property lawyers as is the case with most professions.

Last December we completed a house move in Hoddesdon. We have noticed several issues with the property which we consider were omitted in the conveyancing searches. Is there anything we can do? What searches should? have been ordered for conveyancing in Hoddesdon?

It is not clear from the question as to the nature of the problems and if they are relate to conveyancing in Hoddesdon. Conveyancing searches and due diligence undertaken as part of the buying process are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, the vendor answers a document called a SPIF. answers turns out to be misleading, you could possibly take legal action against the seller for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Hoddesdon.

My colleague suggested that where I am buying in Hoddesdon I should ask my conveyancer to execute a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?

A search of this type is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard Hoddesdon conveyancing searches. It is not a small document of about 40 pages, listing and setting out important information about Hoddesdon around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Hoddesdon Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the demographics of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime statistics, Hoddesdon Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data regarding Hoddesdon.

I have recentlybeen informed that Wolstenholmes have been shut down. They carried out my conveyancing in Hoddesdon for a purchase of a freehold house 9 months ago. How can I establish that my home is not still registered in the name of the previous owner?

The quickest method to check if the premises is registered to you, you can carry out 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 Hoddesdon conveyancing specialists.

Last October I purchased a leasehold property in Hoddesdon. Am I liable to pay service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?

In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to ensure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

Hoddesdon Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Questions you should ask before Purchasing

    How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their service charge payments? It would be a good idea to discover if there is anything that is prohibited in the lease. By way of example it is reasonably common in Hoddesdon leases that pets are not permitted in certain buildings in Hoddesdon. If you like the flatin Hoddesdon yet your cat is not allowed to move with you then you will be faced difficult decision. Please note if it is less than 80 years it will have adverse implications on the marketability of the property. It is worth checking with your mortgage company that they are content with the length of the lease. A short lease means that you will probably require a lease extension at some point and you need to have some idea of how much this would cost. For most Hoddesdonlease extensions you will be be obliged to have owned the property for 24 months before you are eligible to extend the lease.

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