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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Middleton St George

I am the registered owner of a freehold premises in Middleton St George yet invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?

It is rare for properties in Middleton St George and has limited impact for conveyancing in Middleton St George but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the creation of fresh rentcharges from 1977 onwards.

Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence post 2037 is to be dispensed with completely.

Please explain the implications if my solicitor is expelled from the UBS Solicitor panel ahead of completing my conveyancing in Middleton St George?

The first thing to point out is that, this is very unlikely to happen. In most cases even where a law firm is removed off of a panel the lender would allow the completion to go ahead as the lender would appreciate the difficulties that they would place you in if you have to instruct a new solicitor days before completion. In a worst case scenario where the lender insists that you instruct a new firm then it is possible for a very good lawyer to expedite the conveyancing albeit that you may pay a significant premium for this. The analogous situation is where a buyer instructs a lawyer, exchanges contracts and the law firm is shut down by a regulator such as the SRA. Again, in this situation you can find lawyers who can troubleshoot their way to bring the conveyancing to a satisfactory conclusion - albeit for a fee.

I have been told that property searches are the number one reason for hinderance in Middleton St George conveyancing transactions. Is that correct?

The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) published findings of a review by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not figure within the most frequent causes of hindrances during the legal transfer of property. Local searches are unlikely to feature in any slowing down conveyancing in Middleton St George.

Is it best to use a Middleton St George conveyancing practitioner based in the vicinity that I am buying? We have a good friend who can perform the conveyancing however her office is 200kilometers away.

The benefit of a high street Middleton St George conveyancing firm is that you can drop in to sign documents, present your identification documents and apply pressure on them if necessary. They will also have local insight which is a bonus. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If other friends have used your friend and on the whole were impressed that should outweigh using an unknown Middleton St George conveyancing lawyer just because they are round the corner.

Jane (my partner) and I may need to sub-let our Middleton St George ground floor flat temporarily due to a career opportunity. We instructed a Middleton St George conveyancing practice in 2003 but they have since shut and we did not think at the time get any advice as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?

A small minority of properties in Middleton St George do contain a provision to say that subletting is only allowed with permission. The landlord cannot unreasonably refuse but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience dictates that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.

Middleton St George Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Questions you should consider before buying

    Does this lease have more than 80 years remaining? Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge payments? Most Middleton St George leasehold properties will incur a service bill for maintenance of the block set on behalf of the landlord. Should you purchase the property you will have to meet this contribution, usually in instalments accross the year. This may differ from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large communal areas. There will also be a rentcharge for you to pay annual, this is usually not a significant figure, say about £50-£100 but you need to enquire it because sometimes it can be many hundreds of pounds.

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