Last February we completed a house move in New Barnet. We have noticed several problems with the house which we believe were overlooked in the conveyancing searches. What action can we take? Can you clarify the nature of searches that needed to have been ordered as part of conveyancing in New Barnet?
It is not clear from the question as what problems have arisen and if they are specific to conveyancing in New Barnet. Conveyancing searches and investigations undertaken as part of the legal transfer of property are designed to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, a seller answers a form called a Seller’s Property Information Form. answers is incorrect, then you may have a claim against the vendor for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in New Barnet.
The New Barnet conveyancing firm that I recently instructed on my purchase in New Barnet have without warning closed. They were on acting for me because I needed a firm on the TSB conveyancing panel and my previous New Barnet lawyer was not. I paid them money in advance. What should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the TSB 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 should be in a position to assist.
My colleague recommended that where I am buying in New Barnet I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?
A search of this type is sometimes included in the estimate for your New Barnet conveyancing searches. It is not a small document of more than thirty pages, listing and detailing important information about New Barnet around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the New Barnet Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, New Barnet Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about New Barnet.
How simple is it to change firm as I have to appoint one who is on the Chelsea Building Society conveyancing list. I had appointed a family conveyancing solicitor in New Barnet round the corner but the firm is not accepted by Chelsea Building Society
We will our best to assist in finding you a conveyancing solicitor in New Barnet on the Chelsea Building Society panel. Please note that the law firms that we on the directory do not pay us a referral fee if you instruct them and are authorised and regulated by the SRA who oversee all conveyancing solicitors in New Barnet. Using search facility on this page, you can scrutinise fees for conveyancing solicitors in New Barnet and beyond.
I have been looking for New Barnet competitive conveyancing fees. Can I be assured that all the New Barnet firms that are listed on your site are on the lender conveyancing panel?
The law firms on our directory have assured us via an online form that they are on the bank panel and agreed to advise us to take down their listing in the event of removal off of the mortgage company panel. To date we have not been informed by either a lender or a member of the public that the data about a specific New Barnet conveyancing solicitor being on the bank conveyancing panel is not accurate.