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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Lindfield

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my solicitor in Lindfield is not listed on my lender's conveyancing panel that there is a problem with the standard of her work?

It would be unwise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator revealed 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 5 reasons are as follows: (1) low volume of transactions (2) the lawyer is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Should you be concerned you should simply call the Lindfield conveyancing firm and enquire why they are no longer on the approved list for your mortgage company.

I used Arc property Solicitors several years ago for my conveyancing in Lindfield. I now require my file however cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?

You should contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to assist in tracing your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Lindfield of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously used, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

I am buying a new build flat in Lindfield. Conveyancing is daunting 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.

Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build questions that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Lindfield

    The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. 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. Please provide evidence that the form of Lease proposed has been approved by the Land Registry.

Due to the guidance of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Lindfield before instructing lawyers. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold overhang to the property. My surveyor advised that some banks will refuse to grant a mortgage on this type of premises.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Santander has different instructions for example to Halifax. Should you wish to call us we can look into this further with the appropriate bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Lindfield. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Lindfield to see if the conveyancing costs will increase in light of this.

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Lindfield. Before I set the wheels in motion I want to be sure as to the remaining lease term.

If the lease is registered - and 99.9% are in Lindfield - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title. For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

Lindfield Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    The prefered form of lease arrangement is where the freehold reversion is owned by the leaseholders. In this arrangement the lessees have being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is often employed if it is larger than a house conversion, the managing agent retained by the leaseholders. This information is helpful as a) areas may cause problems for the block as the common areas may begin to deteriorate if services remain unpaid b) if the leasehold owners have a dispute with the running of the building you will wish to know about it Many Lindfield leasehold flats will be liable to pay a service charge for maintenance of the block set on behalf of the management company. Where you buy the apartment you will have to meet this contribution, usually periodically throughout the year. This could vary from two or three hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large communal areas. There will also be a ground rent to be met annual, normally this is not a large figure, say about £50-£100 but you should to enquire as on occasion it could be many hundreds of pounds.

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