I am the registered owner of a freehold property in Keswick but nevertheless invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?
It is rare for properties in Keswick and has limited impact for conveyancing in Keswick but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.
Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges date back hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the establishment of new rentcharges post 1977.
Previous rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 will be extinguished.
We're in Keswick, First timers buying with a mortgage (lender is TSB , and our lawyer is on the TSB conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the TSB conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancer should guarantee a timeframe for your conveyancing, due to third parties outside of your control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain.
Me and my partner are buying a flat in Keswick. It might be a silly question but how we can trust a solicitor? On the day of competition we will need to put funds into their account. What is the protection we have from them run away with our monies?
Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in Keswick off the council. I have a mortgage offer with Nottingham. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use 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 Nottingham, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Nottingham conveyancing panel.
After months of negotiation I have agreed a price on a house in Keswick. My mortgage broker pressured me to appoint their property lawyer. I paid an upfront payment of £225. Shortly after, the solicitor called me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Kent Reliance panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
I have todaybecome aware that Arc property Solicitors have closed. They conducted my conveyancing in Keswick for a purchase of a leasehold apartment 18 months ago. How can I be sure that my home is registered correctly in the name of the previous owner?
The easiest way to see 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 Keswick conveyancing specialists.
How and when do I incur the Stamp Duty Land Tax due for my purchase in Keswick?
Your property lawyer will fill out a Land Transaction Return Form for you as part of your Keswick conveyancing transaction for signature. On completion your lawyer will submit the Land Transaction application to the Inland Revenue and - assuming they have the funds - pay any tax bill liability on your behalf.