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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lewes

Forgive me if this question is silly but I am unexperienced as a 1st time buyer of a garden flat in Lewes. Do I receive the keys to the property on the completion date from my conveyancer? If so, I will find a High Street conveyancing solicitor in Lewes?

There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Your solicitors will electronically transfer the purchase money to the seller's conveyancers, and once they have received this, you should be invited to pick up the keys from the selling Agents and start moving into the property. Usually this happens between 1 and 3pm.

We are aiming to move property in May. Does my conveyancing solicitor call the removal company on the day of completion. As an aside, can you put forward a removal company in Lewes. Conveyancing firm was chosen before I stumbled across this website.

On the afternoon of completion you will need to pick up the house keys from your estate agent but this should only happen once the previous owners conveyancers advise the agent that they acknowledge receipt of the completion payment and the keys can be released. You will need to inform the removal men that they can start moving you in. We are not in a position to recommend a particular removal organisation but can assist you in choosing a conveyancing in Lewes or a legal practice with expertise in conveyancing in Lewes.

We have agreed to purchase a house in Lewes. A rare aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender HSBC be concerned?

Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with HSBC your lawyer must comply with the conveyancing instructions outlined in Section 2 of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for HSBC. The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook sets out minimum specifications for solar panel roof-space leases, and property lawyers are required to report to HSBC where a lease does not comply with these conditions. The provisions relate to the installation of panels on properties in England and Wales and is not limited to Lewes.

Should my solicitor be making enquiries regarding flooding during the conveyancing in Lewes.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for conveyancers dealing with homes in Lewes. There are those who acquire a house in Lewes, completely expectant that at some time, it may be flooded. However, leaving to one side the physical destruction, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, adequate building insurance, or sell the property. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Lawyers are not qualified to impart advice on flood risk, however there are a various checks that can be undertaken by the buyer or by their conveyancers which should give them a better understanding of the risks in Lewes. The conventional set of property information forms supplied to a purchaser’s conveyancer (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) contains a standard inquiry of the vendor to find out if the premises has ever been flooded. If flooding has previously occurred and is not notified by the owner, then a purchaser may issue a legal claim for losses stemming from an incorrect answer. A buyer’s conveyancers will also order an environmental search. This will higlight whether there is any known flood risk. If so, more detailed investigations should be made.

How does conveyancing in Lewes differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Lewes contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is ready to move into. This is because builders in Lewes typically acquire 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 property lawyers 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 Lewes or who has acted in the same development.

I today plan to offer on a house that appears to tick a lot of boxes, at a reasonable price which is making it more attractive. I have since been informed that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns purchasing a leasehold house in Lewes. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Lewes ?

Most houses in Lewes are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area who can assist with the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Lewes in which case you should be looking for a Lewes conveyancing solicitor and check that they are used to transacting on leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the number of years remaining. Being a lessee you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions such as requiring the landlord’sconsent to carry out alterations. It may be necessary to pay a contribution towards the maintenance of the estate where the house is located on an estate. Your solicitor should appraise you on the various issues.

I invested in buying a garden flat in Lewes, conveyancing formalities finalised 3 years ago. Can you let me have an estimate of the premium that my landlord can legally expect in return for granting a renewal of my lease? Comparable flats in Lewes with a long lease are worth £186,000. The ground rent is £55 invoiced annually. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2076

You have 52 years unexpired we estimate the price of your lease extension to span between £29,500 and £34,000 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The suggested premium range that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to provide the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive investigations. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action placing reliance on this information without first getting professional advice.

Are the Lewes conveyancing lawyers identified as being on the mortgage company conveyancing panel, together with their details provided by the lender?

Lewes law firm practices and firms carrying out conveyancing in Lewes themselves provide us confirmation that they are on the lender conveyancing panel as opposed to being supplied with a list from the lender directly.

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