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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kennington

I am hoping to move into my new home in Kennington next Thursday. My property lawyer now wants me to supply her with evidence of content and building insurance for the property as he says that he has to check this in his capacity as lawyer for the mortgage company. What risks does the mortgage company expect the insurance to cover?

Any lawyer on acting for mortgage companies would need to check that the following risks are covered fire; lightning; aircraft; explosion; earthquake; storm; flood; escape of water or oil; riot; malicious damage; theft or attempted theft; falling trees and branches and aerials; subsidence; heave;landslip;collision;accidental damage to underground services;professional fees, demolition and site clearance costs; and public liability to anyone else. There are some other issues such as the level of excess that are set out in a lender’s UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook instructions. These requirements are not limited to conveyancing in Kennington.

When does exchange of contracts happen for sale conveyancing in Kennington and do I need to be at the lawyers office?

Where you are in close proximity to our conveyancing solicitors in Kennington you are welcome to come in to sign contracts. However, the firms we work with provide a countrywide conveyancing service and provide just as diligent and professional a job for you when communicating with you electronically. The executing of the contract is not when everything is set in stone. A signed contract is just a prerequisite for the conveyancer to address the formalities when the time is right, which will usually be very shortly after signing. The exchange process is is usually a five minute process, although where a lengthy "chain" is in the mix, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Kennington)to be in the office available at the end of the phone to exchange contracts.

Please help - my lawyer says that restrictive coveneant insurance is required on my purchase. What is the typical level of cover needed for conveyancing in Kennington?

The right level of restrictive coveneant indemnity insurance depends on your lender. It would differ for example between Halifax and Leeds Building Society. Conveyancing solicitors as opposed to borrowers take out such policies.

Can I be sure that the Kennington conveyancing solicitor on the Skipton panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Kennington getting 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 carrying out your conveyancing.

I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in Kennington off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Kent Reliance. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?

It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with Kent Reliance, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel.

Do you have any advice for leasehold conveyancing in Kennington from the perspective of expediting the sale process?

  • A significant proportion of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Kennington can be avoided if you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and request that they start to put together the leasehold documentation which will be required by the buyers’ representatives.
  • If there is a history of any disputes with your freeholder or managing agents it is very important that these are settled before the property is marketed. The purchasers and their solicitors will be concerned about purchasing a flat where there is a current dispute. You will have to accept that you will have to discharge any arrears of service charge or settle the dispute prior to the buyers completing the purchase. It is therefore preferable to have any dispute settled ahead of the contract papers being issued to the buyers’ solicitors. You are still duty bound to disclose details of the dispute to the buyers, but it is better to reveal the dispute as historic rather than unresolved. Many freeholders or managing agents in Kennington charge for providing management packs for a leasehold home. You or your lawyers should find out the actual amount of the charges. The management information sought on or before finding a buyer, thus reducing delays. The average time it takes to receive management information is three weeks. It is the most common reason for delay in leasehold conveyancing in Kennington. If you are supposed to have a share in the freehold, you should make sure that you hold the original share document. Organising a new share certificate can be a time consuming process and frustrates many a Kennington home move. Where a reissued share is needed, do contact the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this at the earliest opportunity.

I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord to extend my lease without getting anywhere. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on such issues? Can you recommend a Kennington conveyancing firm to assist?

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

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Kennington property is Ground Floor Flat 39 Bronsart Road in May 2010. Following a vesting order by West London County Court the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal concluded that the price to be paid for the extended lease of the premises was Thirteen Thousand Two hundred pounds (£13,200) in accordance with the valuation. The extended lease was granted for a term of 90 years from the expiry date of the Lease and at a peppercorn ground rent from the date of the vesting order. This case affected 1 flat. The remaining number of years on the lease was 74.77 years.

I have just had an offer accepted on an apartment in Kennington and the mortgage adviser that we are using suggested his lawyer. She quoted £900 plus VAT and 3rd party costs. Does this sound like a good deal?

You should not rely on 1 estimate. One should seek like-for-like quotes for your conveyancing in Kennington. Then select one that you are comfortable with and just as important, is on the approved list of the bank that you are sourcing your mortgage from.

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