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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Manchester

The vendors of the home we are looking to purchase have instructed a conveyancing solicitor in Manchester who has insisted on a exclusivity agreement with a non-refundable deposit 6,000. Are such agreements sensible?

Lock out contracts are contracts binding a property seller and prospective acquirer granting the buyer the sole right to the sale of the property within an agreed time frame. For all intents and purposes, a lock out is a document stating that you should receive a contract at a later time being the main conveyancing contract. It tends to be utilised for buyer protection though in many situations, the seller may stand to benefit from such agreements as well. There are numerous positives and negatives to using them but you should to check with your lawyer but beware that it may end up incurring more in conveyancing charges. For these reasons these contracts are avoided in relation to conveyancing in Manchester.

Will our solicitor be asking questions regarding flooding during the conveyancing in Manchester.

Flooding is a growing risk for lawyers conducting conveyancing in Manchester. There are those who purchase a house in Manchester, fully expectant that at some time, it may be flooded. However, leaving to one side the physical destruction, if a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, suitable building insurance, or sell the property. There are steps that can be taken during the course of a property purchase to forewarn the buyer.

Conveyancers are not qualified to offer advice on flood risk, but there are a number of searches that may be carried out by the purchaser or on a buyer’s behalf which can give them a better understanding of the risks in Manchester. The conventional set of property information forms supplied to a buyer’s solicitor (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a usual question of the seller to determine if the premises has ever been flooded. If the residence has been flooded in past and is not revealed by the vendor, then a purchaser could issue a compensation claim resulting from an misleading answer. A purchaser’s solicitors will also commission an environmental search. This will higlight whether there is any known flood risk. If so, additional investigations will need to be conducted.

I have recentlyfound out that Stirling Law have closed. They conducted my conveyancing in Manchester for a purchase of a leasehold flat 10 months ago. How can I be sure that my home is not still registered in the name of the previous owner?

The quickest way to see if the premises is registered to you, you can carry out 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 Manchester conveyancing specialists.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build apartment in Manchester. 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 conveyancing.

Here is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you should expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Manchester

    There must be mutual enforceability of lessee’s covenants. Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal.

I am using a search engine for the words cheap conveyancing in Manchester it brings up many property lawyerslocally. With so much choice what is the best way to find the suitable property lawyer for my move?

The preferential way of choosing a suitable conveyancer is via trusted testimonial, so seek the opinion of colleagues and family who have purchased a property in Manchester or a respected estate agent or financial adviser. Costs for conveyancing in Manchester vary, so it's sensible to obtain at least four costs illustrations from different solicitors. Dont forget to clarify that the charges are assured not to rise.

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