My brother and I have just purchased a property in Knutsford. We have since encountered a number of issues with the property which we consider were omitted in the conveyancing searches. What action can we take? Can you clarify the type of searches that needed to have been conducted as part of conveyancing in Knutsford?
The question is vague as what problems have arisen and if they are specific to conveyancing in Knutsford. Conveyancing searches and due diligence initiated as part of the legal transfer of property are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, a seller fills in a questionnaire called a Seller’s Property Information Form. answers ends up being inaccurate, then you may have a claim against the vendor for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Knutsford.
Having sold my house in Knutsford last March but our buyer keeps SMS messaging every few hours to moan that his lawyer needs to hear from mine. What should my lawyer have done following completion?
After completion of your sale your conveyancer should deliver the transfer documentation and all additional paperwork to the purchaser's solicitors. If applicable, your lawyer must also confirm that the home loan has been paid off to the buyers solicitors. There is unlikely to be post completion procedures peculiar conveyancing in Knutsford.
A relative recommended that where I am purchasing in Knutsford I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?
This is a search is usually included in the estimate for your Knutsford conveyancing searches. It is not a small report of more than thirty pages, listing and detailing important information about Knutsford around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Local Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information regarding Knutsford.
I decided to have a survey done on a house in Knutsford in advance of retaining lawyers. I have been informed that there is a flying freehold aspect to the property. My surveyor has said that some banks will refuse to grant a loan on this type of house.
It varies from the lender to lender. HSBC has different requirements for example to Birmingham Midshires. If you e-mail us we can check via the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Knutsford. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Knutsford to see if the conveyancing will be more expensive.
Am I best advised to choose a Knutsford conveyancing lawyer in close proximity to the house I am hoping to buy? I have an old university friend who can perform the conveyancing but his firm is located approximately 350kilometers drive away.
The benefit of a local Knutsford conveyancing firm is that you can attend the office to sign paperwork, deliver your ID and apply pressure on them if necessary. Having local Knutsford know how is a bonus. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If you know people who used your friend and the majority were content that must outweigh using an unknown Knutsford conveyancing solicitor just because they are round the corner.