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Ready to buy a new home in North West London? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your North West London transaction at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in North West London

I had intended to instruct a property lawyer in North West London for our home move. Our financial adviser informed us that our bank Barnsley Building Society won't deal with them. Surely this is unfair competition?

Banks in the main imposes restrictions either the category or the volume of conveyancing practices on their panel. A common example of such restriction(s) being that a firm must have two or more partners. In addition to restricting the profile of firm, a few banks have limited the amount of solicitor practices they use to act for them. Be aware that Barnsley Building Society have no responsibility for the quality of advice provided by any member of Barnsley Building Society Conveyancer Panel. Mortgage fraud was a key driver in the rationalisation of solicitor panels since 2008 even though there remains differing opinions regarding the level of solicitor engagement in some of that fraud. Statistics from the Land Registry reveal that hundreds of law firms, including some in or near North West London only conduct one or two conveyances a year.

Is it the case that all North West London CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors are on the Nottingham conveyancing list of approved firms?

It is true that some banks and building societies now utilise CQS as the kick off point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however gives no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for solicitors wishing to remain on their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.

About to purchase apartment in North West London. I have received an online quote from a licenced conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Building Society if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.

They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that the North West London lawyer is on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel.

My offer was accepted on a property in North West London on 12/12/2022, valuation was booked 3 days later, received a clean bill of health. Property lawyer instructed, so the only thing outstanding was my mortgage offer. Having made daily calls to Lloyds and chasing them on my offer, I have now been told that my offer will not be issued unless the lawyer is on the Lloyds conveyancing panel. Can the lender hold off the offer?

Mortgage companies tend not to not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Lloyds to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Lloyds conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up during conveyancing in North West London?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the process of conveyancing in North West London. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

I today plan to offer on a house that appears to be perfect, at a reasonable figure which is making it all the more appealing. I have just found out that it's a leasehold as opposed to freehold. I would have thought that there are particular concerns buying a leasehold house in North West London. Conveyancing solicitors have are soon to be instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in North West London ?

Most houses in North West London are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local solicitor who is familiar with the area who can assist with the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in North West London in which case you should be looking for a North West London conveyancing practitioner and be sure that they have experience in advising on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. Being a tenant you will not be entirely free to do whatever you want to the property. The lease will likely included provisions for example requiring the freeholder’sconsent to conduct alterations. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the house is part of an estate. Your solicitor will advise you fully on all the issues.

North West London Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Questions you should ask Prior to buying

    For most North West London leaseholds the outlay for major works tend not to be wrapped into the maintenance charges, although there some managing agents in North West London require leaseholders to contribute towards a reserve fund and this is used to offset against major works. What is the annual maintenance fee and ground rent? Its a good idea to find out as much as you can about the company managing the building as they will affect your use and enjoyment of the property. Being a leasehold owner you are often at the mercy of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to daily issues such as the cleanliness of the common parts. Enquire of other people if they are happy with their management. In conclusion, be sure you know the dates that the service charges are due to the appropriate party and specifically how they are spending the funds.

Me and my wife are buying a leasehold apartment in North West London. Conveyancing quotes are coming in at around £two thousand. Is that reasonable?

The average fee in 2014 for conveyancing in North West London was £1,419 not including SDLT and HM Land Registry charges.

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