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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Maldon

Why would I use a Maldon conveyancing company when national conveyancers are less overpriced?

Its a good idea to shop around for conveyancing costs in Maldon and you should seek a reasonable fee calculation but don’t expend your energy looking for the lowest priced Maldon conveyancer. Identifying the right conveyancer can mark the distinction between a smooth and a frustrating home move. It is important that you ensure that you have expert advice from a trusted lawyer. Emails can't take the place of a telephone call and can never replicate a one to one appointment. The firms that we work with will appoint you a qualified and experienced conveyancing solicitor that will handle your conveyancing from beginning to end, providing a level of hand holding that you are unlikely to received from an online conveyancer. Our lawyers will update you as to any developments making sure that you are never in the dark. Should you need to contact the office you will be sure who to ask for and we'll ensure you're not left wondering what's going on.

Completed the sale of my flat in Maldon last October yet the purchaser is whats apping daily complaining that her conveyancer needs to hear from mylawyer. What should my lawyer have done following completion?

Post completion of your disposal your solicitor should deliver the transfer deeds and all of the paperwork to the buyer’s lawyers. Depending on the transaction, your conveyancer should also send confirmation that the mortgage has been paid off to the purchasers solicitors. There are no post completion procedures specific conveyancing in Maldon.

Me and my brother purchased a semi-detached Victorian house in Maldon. Conveyancing practitioner acted for me and Bank of Scotland. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and there are two entries: one for freehold, the second leasehold under the matching address. Is it worth asking Bank of Scotland to clarify?

You should read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for 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 Maldon and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with buyers. You can also check the situation with the conveyancing practitioner who conducted the purchase.

I own a leasehold flat in Maldon. Conveyancing and Yorkshire Building Society mortgage organised. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1991. The conveyancing practitioner in Maldon who acted for me is not around. What should I do?

First contact HMLR to be sure that this person is indeed the new freeholder. There is no need to incur the fees of a Maldon conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. You should note that regardless, even if this is the rightful landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

I purchased a 1st floor flat in Maldon, conveyancing formalities finalised in 1996. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Similar properties in Maldon with a long lease are worth £222,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 levied per year. The lease ends on 21st October 2090

With 71 years left to run the likely cost is going to span between £9,500 and £11,000 plus 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 advice on the actual costs in the absence of detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward based on this information without first getting professional advice.

I happen to be an executor of my recently deceased mother’s Will, with a bungalow in Maldon which will be marketed. The bungalow is unregistered at the Land Registry and I'm advised that many EAs will insist that it is completed before they'll proceed. What's the mechanism for this?

In the situation that you have set out it seems sensible to seek to register in the names of the personal representative(s) as named in the probate and in their capacity as PRs. The Land Registry’s online guidance explains how to register for the first time and what is required re the deeds and forms. You would need to include and certified copy of the probate as well and complete the form FR1 to refer to the PRs as the applicant.

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