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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kenley

Do lawyers request money on account for conveyancing in Kenley?

If you are buying a property in Kenley your solicitor will ask you to provide them with funds to cover the search fees. Generally this is needed to cover the fees of the conveyancing searches. When the deposit is as part of the total price then this should be required immediately in advance of contracts are exchanged. Any further balance that is needed should be sent to your lawyer shortly before completion.

is it true that all Kenley solicitor firms on the HSBC conveyancing panel are overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the HSBC conveyancing panel they would need to be overseen by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. The majority of banks do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such firms would be overseen by the CLC.

How can we tell if a Kenley conveyancing solicitor on the Yorkshire BS panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Kenley obtaining recommendations is a sensible starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always advise that you speak with the solicitor handling your conveyancing.

I am due to exchange contracts on my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in December 2006, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, HSBC are being pedantic. The Kenley solicitor who is on the HSBC conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but HSBC are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do HSBC have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that HSBC have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why HSBC may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

How does conveyancing in Kenley differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build residence in Kenley approach us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is completed. This is because house builders in Kenley typically acquire the site, 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 Kenley or who has acted in the same development.

Due to the advice of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Kenley before retaining conveyancers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold element to the house. My surveyor advised that some mortgage companies will refuse to grant a mortgage on this type of house.

It depends who your proposed lender is. HSBC has different instructions for example to Nationwide. Should you wish to call us we can check via the relevant bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Kenley. Conveyancing may be slightly more expensive based on your lender's requirements.

I am in need of some leasehold conveyancing in Kenley. Before diving in I require certainty as to the unexpired term of the lease.

Assuming the lease is registered - and 99.9% are in Kenley - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title. For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

Notwithstanding our best efforts, we have been unsuccessful in trying to purchase the freehold in Kenley. Can this matter be resolved via the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal?

You certainly can. We are happy to put you in touch with a Kenley conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement matter before the tribunal for a Kenley property is The Woodlands 95 Purley Park Road in April 2009. The Tribunals own valuation produced the figure of £37,912. This case affected 6 flats. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 78.32 years.

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