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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Hull

I am buying a house without a mortgage in Hull. I have lived for the last 20 years in Hull. Conveyancing searches are expensive. As I know the area and road very well should I not bother getting the solicitor to do all the conveyancing searches?

Provided that you do not need a mortgage, then the vast majority of the Hull conveyancing searches are non-obligatory. Your lawyer will try and sway you, perhaps strongly, that you should have searches carried out, but she is duty bound to take that path of advice. Do bear in mind; if you are intend to dispose of the house in the future, it may be of relevance to your future purchaser what the searches determine. There are plenty of instances where premises with apparent issues can still reveal detrimental search results. A competent conveyancing solicitor in Hull should provide you some constructive guidance concerning this.

What is the difference between a licensed conveyancer and conveyancing solicitor in Hull

Two types of professional can do conveyancing in Hull namely licenced conveyancers or solicitors. Both professionals handle the legal services that required to complete the sale or purchase of property. Both are required to carry out Hull conveyancing to the same quality and guidelines so you may be safe in the knowledge that your conveyancing will be professionally carried out and that all requirements and procedures will be suitably attended to.

My bid for a property was accepted at auction in Hull. Conveyancing is needed. What are my next steps?

Having exchanged you will need to retain a conveyancing solicitor quickly as you are faced with a pending a drop dead date to complete the property. Every auction property will ordinarily have a bespoke auction set of papers. This will include evidence of title and search results. Where you are dealing with leasehold property the conveyancing pack may contain a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and other conveyancing paperwork specific to a leasehold property. You should hand this to your appointed conveyancing solicitor at the earliest opportunity. You also need to ensure that you have funds in place to complete on the date specified in the contract.

I am the sole beneficiary of my late grandmother’s will with all property in now in my sole name, including the house in Hull. Conveyancing formalities meant that the Land Registry date was in November. I plan to dispose of the property. I understand that there is a Mortgage Lenders 6 month 'rule', which means that my property ownership will be regarded the same way as though I had purchased the house in November. Will no one buy the property for half a year?

The CML handbook instructs conveyancers to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." Technically you may be caught by that. How practical a view mortgage companies take of it, depend on the mortgage company as this requirement principally exists to identify the purchase and immediately sell or the wholesaling and assigning of property.

How does conveyancing in Hull differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Hull come to us having been asked by the housebuilder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is ready to move into. This is because builders in Hull tend to purchase the land, 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 accustomed to new build conveyancing in Hull or who has acted in the same development.

My uncle has suggested that I appoint his lawyers for conveyancing in Hull. Should I use them?

There are no two ways about it the ideal way to choose a conveyancing practitioner is to get guidance from friends or family who have actually experience in using the firm that you are contemplating using.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that appears to be perfect, at a great price which is making it more attractive. I have subsequently found out that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns purchasing a house with a leasehold title in Hull. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

Most houses in Hull are freehold and not leasehold. In this scenario it’s worth having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Hull so you should seriously consider looking for a Hull conveyancing practitioner and check that they are used to advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a leaseholder you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as obtaining the landlord’spermission to conduct changes to the property. You may also be required to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the property is located on an estate. Your lawyer will advise you fully on all the issues.

I acquired a garden flat in Hull, conveyancing having been completed May 2002. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Comparable properties in Hull with over 90 years remaining are worth £176,000. The ground rent is £50 charged once a year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2098

You have 80 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £8,600 and £9,800 as well as plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to supply the actual costs in the absence of detailed investigations. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other issues that need to be considered and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

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