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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Manningtree

Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer in Manningtree is not listed on my lender's solicitor panel that there is a problem with the standard of the firm’s work?

It would be unwise to jump to that conclusion. There are all sorts of perfectly plausible explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated that over three quarters 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 solicitor is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Where you are concerned you should contact the Manningtree conveyancing practice and enquire why they are no longer on the approved list for your mortgage company.

My partner and I are nearing an exchange on a flat in Manningtree and my mum and dad have transferred the 10% deposit to my conveyancer. I am now informed that as the deposit has not come from me my lawyer needs to disclose this to my bank. I am advised that, in also acting for the lender he must advise them that the balance of the purchase price is coming from anyone other than me. I informed the lender about my parents' contribution when I applied for the home loan, so is it really necessary for this now to delay the deal?

The property lawyer is legally required to check with mortgage company to ensure that they know that the balance of the purchase price is not from your own funds. The solicitor can only disclose this to your bank if you permit them to, failing which, your lawyer must cease to continue acting.

It is a dozen years since I acquired my property in Manningtree. Conveyancing lawyers have recently been appointed on the sale but I am unable to track down the title documents. Will this cause complications?

You need not be too concerned. First there is a chance that the deeds will be retained by the lender or they could stored with the conveyancers who oversaw the purchase. Secondly the likelihood is that the property will be registered at the land registry and you will be able to prove you are the registered owner by your conveyancing lawyers acquiring current official copies of the land registers. Almost all conveyancing in Manningtree involves registered property but in the rare situation where your property is unregistered it adds to the complexity but is not insurmountable.

The Manningtree conveyancing lawyers that I appointed last week on my purchase in Manningtree have without warning closed. I only went with them because I needed a lawyer on the Skipton conveyancing panel and my preferred Manningtree lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take £195 for searches. What should be my next steps?

Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then let them know immediately so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Skipton conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors may be able to help.

Can you provide any top tips for leasehold conveyancing in Manningtree with the purpose of saving time on the sale process?

  • Much of the frustration in leasehold conveyancing in Manningtree can be avoided if you appoint lawyers as soon as you market your property and ask them to collate the leasehold information which will be required by the purchasers’ solicitors.
  • If you are supposed to have a share in the freehold, you should ensure that you are holding the original share document. Obtaining a new share certificate is often a lengthy process and slows down many a Manningtree conveyancing deal. Where a new share certificate is needed, you should approach the company director and secretary or managing agents (where relevant) for this sooner rather than later. In the event that you altered the property did you need the Landlord’s consent? Have you, for example installed wooden flooring? Manningtree leases often stipulate that internal structural alterations or installing wooden flooring require a licence from the Landlord acquiescing to such works. Where you fail to have the paperwork in place you should not contact the landlord without contacting your solicitor in the first instance. You believe that you know the number of years remaining on your lease but you should verify this via your conveyancers. A purchaser's lawyer will not be happy to advise their client to where the remaining number of years is under 80 years. In the circumstances it is essential at an early stage that you identify whether the lease requires a lease extension. If it does, contact your solicitors before you put your premises on the market for sale.

Manningtree Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    The answer will be important as a) areas could result in problems for the block as the communal areas may start to deteriorate if repairs are not paid for b) if the leaseholders have a dispute with the running of the building you will wish to have complete disclosure Is the freehold reversion owned collectively by the leaseholders? Many Manningtree leasehold properties will have a service charge for maintenance of the building set by the management company. If you acquire the flat you will have to pay this amount, normally in instalments throughout the year. This can vary from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large common grounds. In all likelihood there will be a ground rent for you to pay yearly, normally this is not a large sum, say approximately £25-£75 but you should to enquire as occasionally it could be many hundreds of pounds.

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