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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lewes

When does exchange of contracts take place for purchase conveyancing in Lewes and am I required to attend the conveyancers office?

If you are in close proximity to one of the conveyancing solicitors in Lewes you are invited in to sign the paperwork. That being said, the firms we work with offer a national conveyancing service and provide just as diligent and professional a job for you when communicating with you digitally. The signing of the property agreement is not when everything is set in stone. A signed contract is necessary for the conveyancer to officially exchange at the suitable time, which is ordinarily shortly after signing. The exchange process is nowadays normally dealt with by telephone and can be very rapid, although where a lengthy "chain" is in the mix, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in Lewes)to be in the office available at the end of the phone to exchange contracts.

My wife and I buying a 3 bedroom semi in Lewes. We would like to convert the garage to a playroom at the house.Will legal conveyancing on the property involve checks to determine if these works are prohibited?

Your solicitor should check the registered title as conveyancing in Lewes can on occasion reveal restrictions in the title deeds which prohibit categories of changes or necessitated the consent of another owner. Some works require local authority planning consent and approval under the building regulations. Many areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which often prevent or affect extensions. It would be sensible to check these issues with a surveyor before you commit yourself to a purchase.

Please help - my lawyer says that lack of building regulations insurance is needed on my purchase. What is the level of cover for Lewes conveyancing?

The appropriate level of lack of building regulations indemnity insurance should be dictated by who your lender. It would differ for example between Yorkshire Building Society and Leeds Building Society. Conveyancing lawyers as opposed to members of the public take out such policies.

We were going to get a OIP from Nottingham this week so we can work out what to offer on a property we like as otherwise we only have online calculators to go by (which aren't taking into account credit checks etc). Do Nottingham recommend any Lewes solicitors on the Nottingham conveyancing panel, or is it better to find our own lawyer?

You will need to appoint Lewes solicitors independently although you'll need to choose one on the Nottingham conveyancing panel. The solicitor represents both you and Nottingham through the process.

I own a renovated Georgian house in Lewes. Conveyancing practitioner acted for me and Coventry Building Society. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw two entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold with the exact same property. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?

You need to read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Lewes and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they buy they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with purchasers. You can also enquire as to the position with the conveyancing solicitor who conducted the work.

About to purchase a new build flat in Lewes. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build legal work.

Set out below is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Lewes

    The Vendor must covenant to keep unoccupied units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. 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. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents.

My step-father has suggested that I instruct his lawyers for conveyancing in Lewes. Do I follow his recommendation?

No doubt the ideal way to find a conveyancing solicitor is to get recommendations from friends or family who have used the firm that you are contemplating using.

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