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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Leeds

Why would one appoint a Leeds conveyancing company when internet based alternatives are more affordable?

Its a good idea to scrutinise conveyancing costs in Leeds and you should seek a reasonable quote but don’t be focused with scouring the internet for the cheapest Leeds conveyancer. Locating the right conveyancer can be the distinction between a smooth and a stressful house move. You need to ensure that you have expert guidance from a specialist conveyancer. An e-mail can never take the place of a phone discussion and can never replicate a one to one meeting. Our partner firms will appoint you a qualified and top rated conveyancing solicitor that will deal with your conveyancing from from the outset to completion, providing a level of continuity that you rarely receive from an web based conveyancer. Our lawyers will inform you on any developments making sure that you are never in the dark. Should you need to call the office you will know who you need to speak to and we'll ensure you are in the know.

I purchased a freehold residence in Leeds yet pay rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in Leeds and has limited impact for conveyancing in Leeds 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 have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the establishment of new rentcharges post 1977.

Previous rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence after 2037 will be dispensed with completely.

What does a local search tell me regarding the house I am buying in Leeds?

Leeds conveyancing often commences with the submitting local authority searches directly from your local Authority or via a personal search company such as Searchflow The local search is essential in every Leeds conveyancing purchase; as long as you wish to avoid any nasty once you have moved into your new home. The search will provide data on, amongst other things, details on planning applications applicable to the premises (whether granted or refused), building control history, any enforcement action, restrictions on permitted development, nearby road schemes, contaminated land and radon gas; in all a total of 13 subject sections.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build apartment in Leeds. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.

Here are examples of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Leeds

    Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? The Vendor must covenant to keep unoccupied units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company?

We are soon to exchange buying a house in Leeds but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have agreed compensation from the seller of £3k in the form of a adjustment in the price. I had intended this to be addressed as part of the conveyancing process yet my bank will not permit this. Should they have been approached?

Your conveyancing practitioner that is on the lender approved list is required to disclose to the bank of any variations to the purchase amount. In the event that you prohibit your conveyancer to report the reduction to your mortgage company then they would have to disinstructing themselves from acting for you and the bank.

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