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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Kingsbury

After researching consumer advice sites for a cheap lawyer in Kingsbury, most comment that I should instruct a CQS accredited lawyer. What is CQS?

Kingsbury Conveyancing Quality Scheme law firms have achieved accreditation by the law Society The Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the in the legal transfer of properties. CQS enables buyers and sellers to recognise solicitor firms that provide a quality residential conveyancing. Kingsbury is one of locations in England and Wales in which CQS are based. The conveyancing scheme obliges solicitors to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-certification, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Building Societies Association.

We are purchasing a detached bungalow in Kingsbury. The intention is to an extension at the rear at the property.Will legal investigations on the property involve enquiries to determine if these alterations are allowed?

Your solicitor will check the deeds as conveyancing in Kingsbury will sometimes identify restrictions in the title deeds which prevent categories of alterations or need the permission of a 3rd party. Many extensions call for local authority planning consent and approval in accordance building regulations. Many areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which frequently prevent or affect extensions. It would be sensible to check these things with a surveyor before you commit yourself to a purchase.

We had instructed conveyancers locally in Kingsbury on the UBS solicitor approved list. They are now charging me an additional fee for dealing with the UBS mortgage. Is this an additional conveyancing fee set by UBS?

As unfair as it may seem, as long as it’s in their Terms of Engagement or estimate then yes your conveyancer may levy a fee for this. This charge is not set by UBS but by your Kingsbury conveyancer. Numerous firms on the UBS panel will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.

My offer was accepted on a property in Kingsbury on 14/8/2020, valuation was booked 3 days later, received a clean bill of health. Property lawyer instructed, so all that was missing was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Skipton and chasing them on my offer, I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Skipton conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?

A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Skipton to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Skipton conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

five months have gone by since my purchase conveyancing in Kingsbury took place. I have checked the Land Registry site which shows that I paid £175,000 when infact I paid £160,000. Why the discrepancy?

The price paid figure is taken from the application to register the purchase. It is the figure included in the Transfer (the legal deed which transfers the property from one person to the other) and referred to as the 'consideration' or purchase price. You can report an error in the price paid figure using the LR online form. In most cases errors result from typos so at first glance the figure. Do report it so they can double check and advise.

How does conveyancing in Kingsbury differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build premises in Kingsbury come to us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is constructed. This is because house builders in Kingsbury usually buy the real estate, 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 conveyancing solicitors 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 Kingsbury or who has acted in the same development.

Our conveyancer has advised that he intends to complete and exchange simultaneously on our sale of a £350,000 apartment in Kingsbury next Thursday. The landlords agents has quoted £324 for Landlord’s certificate, building insurance schedule and 3 years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge such fees for a leasehold conveyance in Kingsbury?

Kingsbury conveyancing on leasehold apartments nine out of ten times involves fees being raised by managing agents :

    Answering pre-contract enquiries Where consent is required before sale in Kingsbury Supplying insurance information Deeds of covenant upon sale Registering of the assignment of the change of lessee after a sale
Your conveyancer will have no control over the level of the charges for this information but the average costs for the information for Kingsbury leasehold premises is £350. For Kingsbury conveyancing transactions it is customary for the seller to pay for these costs. The landlord or their agents are under no legal obligation to answer such questions most will be willing to do so - albeit often at exorbitant prices where the fees bear little relation to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no law that requires fixed charges for administrative tasks. Neither is there any legal time frame by which they are obliged to supply answers.

Despite our best endeavours, we have been unsuccessful in trying to reach an agreement for a lease extension in Kingsbury. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?

Absolutely. We can put you in touch with a Kingsbury conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Kingsbury flat is 27B Hillside in February 2010. the resulting premium, all other aspects of the valuation having been agreed between the parties was set at £8,250 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 70.25 years.

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