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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Northampton

Why would I instruct a Northampton conveyancing company given that national alternatives are so much cheaper?

By all means make sure that you get 2 or 3 like-for-like quotes for conveyancing costs in Northampton and you should seek an affordable quote but don’t be focused with scouring the internet for the lowest priced Northampton conveyancer. Finding the right conveyancer can mark the difference between a smooth and a distressing home move. You need to ensure that you have expert guidance from an experienced conveyancer. Emails can't take the place of a phone discussion and can never replicate a face to face appointment. Our partner firms will allocate you a qualified and top rated conveyancing solicitor that will handle your conveyancing from beginning to end, providing a level of continuity that you are unlikely to received from an internet conveyancer. Our lawyers will keep you updated as to headway and keep you informed. Should you need to call the firm you will be sure who to ask for and we'll be sure you are kept fully informed.

I am need of leasehold conveyancing for an apartment in a fairly new development (five years old) in Northampton. Almost all the appartments are already disposed of. Do I need carry out the neighbourhood searches as part of conveyancing in Northampton?

A big part of the Northampton legal transfer of property is the conveyancing searches. There are numerous companies delivering Northampton conveyancing searches, as well direct from the local authority. These are usually referred to as personal search companies and they produce, not surprisingly, personal searches. However, all Local Authority Search conveyancing products have one thing in common - they must obtain their information from the local authoritative source.

In looking at consumer advice sites for a high-quality lawyer in Northampton, most post that I must instruct a CQS kitemarked lawyer. What is CQS?

The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme is the recognised quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property, trusted by some of the UK's leading banks. Four years ago the Conveyancing Quality Scheme was officially recognised by the Legal Ombudsman. CQS is not a scheme offered by the Society for Licensed Conveyancers. Northampton is one of the many areas in England and Wales where there are Accredited lawyers.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build apartment in Northampton. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.

Set out below is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Northampton

    The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? There must be mutual enforceability of lessee’s covenants.

I have just started marketing my 2 bed flat in Northampton. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed, however I have recently had a half-yearly maintenance charge invoice – what should I do?

Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should pay the invoice as you normally would because all ground rent and service invoices will be apportioned on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the purchaser for the period running from after the completion date to the next payment date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer unless the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.

I inherited a studio flat in Northampton, conveyancing was carried out 4 years ago. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Northampton with over 90 years remaining are worth £211,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £50 invoiced every year. The lease runs out on 21st October 2090

With only 68 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to span between £9,500 and £11,000 as well as plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The figure above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more detailed investigations. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be additional concerns that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not take any other action based on this information before getting professional advice.

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