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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Matlock

The solicitor who dealt with my last purchase has quoted £1700 for leasehold conveyancing in Matlock. I am looking to sell a purpose built property for £150,000. Are these estimated fees excessive? Is it above the average fee for conveyancing in Matlock?

The charges are a little high. Where you are happy to expend time scrutinising fee on a like for like basis you may be able to shave off some of the expense by perhaps £100 plus VAT. That being said, you maycome to rue choosing an an untested conveyancer. Remember to ensure that the solicitor can represent your bank. You can use our search tool to get a quote a Matlock conveyancing company on the lender’s approved list of lawyers which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Matlock.

We were just about to exchange contracts for a semi detached house in Matlock. We encountered a stumbling block. The mortgage offer with Nottingham Building Society expires on 13/12/2021 but the sellers are suggesting a completion date of 15/12/2021. Can one prolong the mortgage offer?

The person best placed to deal with your question is your lawyer who should calculate if they better off negotiating with the mortgage broker, owner’s representatives, selling agents or conceivably all parties given what has gone on in your transaction to date.

I am purchasing a property and the conveyancer has mentioned Chancel Repair for which the house could be liable given it’s proximity to the area of such a church. He has mentioned insurance. Is this really required for conveyancing in Matlock

Unless a previous purchase of the property took place post 12 October 2013 you could take it that lawyers delivering conveyancing in Matlock to remain recommending a chancel search and or chancel repair liability insurance.

I bought my flat on 12 March and my personal details is not yet registered. Should I be concerned? My conveyancing solicitor in Matlock expressed confidence that it should be concluded in a couple of weeks. Are titles in Matlock particularly slow to register?

There is nothing unique about conveyancing in Matlock registration formalities. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timeframes can differ depending on the party submitting the application, whether there are errors and if the Land registry must send notices to any other parties. Currently roughly 80% of submission are fully addressed within 12 days but occasionally there can be protracted delays. Historically registration takes place after the buyer has moved in to the property so post completion formalities is not typically primary concern yet where there is a degree of urgency associated with the registration then you or your conveyancer could contact the land registry and explain the circumstances.

I am looking at a two maisonettes in Matlock both have in the region of fifty years remaining on the lease term. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?

There is no doubt about it. A leasehold flat in Matlock is a deteriorating asset as a result of the reducing lease term. The closer the lease gets to zero years unexpired, the more it adversely affects the value of the premises. For most buyers and mortgage companies, leases with under eighty years become less and less marketable. On a more positive note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the premises for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of premises with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with Matlock conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. More often than not it is possible to negotiate informally with the freeholder to extend the lease. They may agree to a smaller lump sum and an increase in the ground rent, but to shorter extension terms in return. You need to ensure that the agreed terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.

I acquired a 2 bed flat in Matlock, conveyancing was carried out 9 years ago. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Corresponding properties in Matlock with a long lease are worth £176,000. The ground rent is £50 invoiced every year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2101

With just 80 years left to run we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £8,600 and £9,800 plus professional fees.

The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure in the absence of detailed due diligence. You should not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There may be other concerns that need to be considered and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you take any other action placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.

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