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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Newport

Why is leasehold purchase conveyancing in Newport is more expensive?

Newport leasehold conveyancing transactions usually involve additional investigations than freeholds including investigating the Lease, liaising with the Landlord such as serving appropriate notices on the Landlord or managing agent, obtaining up-to-date service charge and management information, obtaining Landlord’s consents and reviewing management accounts and formation documents.

I used Arc property Solicitors a few years ago for my conveyancing in Newport. Now, I need my files however the law firm is no longer operating. What do I do?

You should contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Newport of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously instructed, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

How does conveyancing in Newport differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Newport contact us having been asked by the builder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is built. This is because house builders in Newport usually acquire the land, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Newport or who has acted in the same development.

Am I better off to instruct a Newport conveyancing lawyer based in the location that I am hoping to buy? I have an old university friend who can conduct the legal formalities however her office is 200kilometers drive away.

The primary upside of using a local Newport conveyancing firm is that you can drop in to execute paperwork, deliver your identification documents and pester them where appropriate. Having local Newport know how is a benefit. That being said it's more important to get someone that will do a good and efficient job. If if people you trust used your friend and the majority were happy that must surpass using an unknown Newport conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being local.

I am employed by a busy estate agency in Newport where we have witnessed a few flat sales derailed as a result of leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have received contradictory information from local Newport conveyancing solicitors. Can you confirm whether the vendor of a flat can initiate the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?

As long as the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to kick-start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the buyer need not have to sit tight for 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed before, or at the same time as completion of the sale.

An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.

Newport Leasehold Conveyancing - Examples of Queries before Purchasing

    Make sure you enquire if there are any onerous restrictions in the lease. For instance plenty of leases prohibit pets being allowed in certain buildings in Newport. If you like the propertyin Newport yet your cat can’t make the move with you then you will be presented with a difficult choice. Who takes responsibility for maintaining and repairing the building?

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