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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in London

What is the best way to find the right solicitor who can give a quality service for my conveyancing in London?

First ask connections who they experienced using in the past and if they were happy with the service.

Second, look on the internet for conveyancing in London. Telephone two or three listed and invite them to email you their conveyancing charges and have a conversation with the lawyer who will conduct the legal process prior tomaking your decision.

Option 3 is to make use of this site to help you find the right lawyers taking into account your own factors including location,deadlines, complexity and who your intended mortgage company is. Avoid the trap of appointing ninety nine pound conveyancing in London

What does a local search tell me concerning the house my wife and I buying in London?

London conveyancing often commences with the submitting local authority searches directly from your local Authority or via a personal search organisations such as Onsearch The local search plays an important role in most London conveyancing purchase; that is if you don’t want any nasty surprises after you move into your property. The search will reveal data on, amongst other things, details on planning applications relevant 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 thirteen topic headings.

I have justfound out that Action Conveyancing have closed. They carried out my conveyancing in London for a purchase of a freehold house 9 months ago. How can I check that my home is registered correctly in the name of the former proprietor?

The quickest way to see if the property is in your name, 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 London conveyancing specialists.

I am purchasing a new build house in London benefiting from help to buy. The developers refused to reduce the price so I negotiated 6k of additionals instead. The property agent advised me not to tell my solicitor about the side-deal as it would put at risk my mortgage with Nottingham Building Society. Is this normal?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

I am a negotiator for a reputable estate agency in London where we have witnessed a number of leasehold sales jeopardised as a result of short leases. I have received conflicting advice from local London conveyancing solicitors. Could you confirm whether the owner of a flat can start the lease extension process for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

As long as the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer can avoid having to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or simultaneously with completion of the disposal of the property.

An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.

After months of negotiations we are unable to agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in London. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?

if there is a missing landlord or if there is dispute about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to determine the amount due.

An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a London property is 20 Avonwick Road in July 2013. The Tribunal was dealing with an application under Section 26 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 for a determination of the freehold value of the property. It was concluded that the price to be paid was Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy (£15,970) divided as to £8,200 for Flat 20 and £7,770 for Flat 20A This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 73.26 years.

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