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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lancashire

Do conveyancers request an advanced payment when it comes to conveyancing in Lancashire?

If you are buying a property in Lancashire your lawyer will ask you to provide them with funds to cover the search fees. This will be the total of the cost of the conveyancing searches. When the deposit is as part of the sale price then this should be needed shortly ahead of contracts are exchanged. Any further balance that is needed should be transferred shortly before completion.

I note that there are debates on Chancel Insurance on online forums. Am I compelled to take this when purchasing a property in Lancashire? or Apparently there is a law dating back centuries that means some house owners living in a parish church boundary may be liable to contribute towards maintenance towards the chancel in proximity to the church. Is this relevant for conveyancing in Lancashire?

Unless a previous acquisition of the premises took place after 12 October 2013 you could take it that solicitors delivering conveyancing in Lancashire to continue to propose a a chancel search and or insurance against a claim.

I have todayfound out that Wolstenholmes have closed. They conducted my conveyancing in Lancashire for a purchase of a leasehold apartment 9 months ago. How can I be sure that the property is not still registered in the name of the former proprietor?

The easiest method to check if the property is registered to you, you can make 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 Lancashire conveyancing specialists.

In what way can the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 affect my business property in Lancashire and how can your lawyers assist?

The particular law that you refer to provides security of tenure to business lessees, granting the right to apply to court for a new tenancy and remain in occupation when the lease reaches an end. There are limited grounds that a landlord can refuse a lease renewal and the rules are complex. Fees are different for commercial conveyancing. Lancashire is one of our hundreds of locations in which our lawyers have offices

I have recently realised that I have 72 years remaining on my lease in Lancashire. I am keen to extend my lease but my landlord is absent. What should I do?

On the basis that you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can submit an application to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be granted an extra 90 years by the Court. However, you will be required to demonstrate that you have done all that could be expected to locate the lessor. For most situations an enquiry agent would be helpful to carry out a search and prepare a report to be used as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer both on investigating the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court covering Lancashire.

I bought a garden flat in Lancashire, conveyancing having been completed May 2012. Can you shed any light on how much the price could be for a 90 year extension to my lease? Comparable properties in Lancashire with an extended lease are worth £191,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 invoiced every year. The lease finishes on 21st October 2075

With only 53 years unexpired the likely cost is going to span between £27,600 and £31,800 plus professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information without first getting professional advice.

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