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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Oakwood

My conveyancer has identified a a problem with the lease for the flat we are purchasing in Oakwood. The seller’s lawyers have put forward title insurance as a solution. We are happy with insurance and will pay for it. Our lawyer has advised that he must ensure that the lender is willing to move forward with this solution. Who is the client here, us or the bank?

The short answer to your last question is that, notwithstanding the potential for a conflict of interest, you and the bank are the client. Your conveyancer must comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook specifications. The UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook conditions require your lawyer to disclose issues such as defects with the lease so that the mortgage company can be afforded the opportunity to check with their valuer as to the extent that the value of the property is affected. Should you refuse to allow your lawyer to make the appropriate notification then your lawyer will have no choice but to discontinue acting for you.

As someone unfamiliar with conveyancing in Oakwood what’s your top tip you can give me concerning the home moving process in Oakwood

You may not hear this from too many lawyers but conveyancing in Oakwood or throughout England and Wales is often a confrontational process. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there exists lots of room for conflict between you and other parties involved in the transaction. E.g., the seller, selling agent and on occasion a mortgage company. Appointing a lawyer for your conveyancing in Oakwood an important selection as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the SOLE party in the legal process whose role it is to look after your legal interests and to keep you safe.

On occasion a third party with a vested interest may try and persuade you that it is in your interests to do things their way. For example, the estate agent may claim to be helping by suggesting your conveyancer is dragging his heels. Or your mortgage broker may try to convince you to do something that is against your lawyers recommendation. You should always trust your lawyer above all other parties when it comes to the legal transfer of property.

When scouring mumsnet.com for a high-quality solicitor in Oakwood, most advise that I should instruct a CQS accredited solicitor. What is CQS?

The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme is the recognised quality mark for legal experts in home moving process, trusted by some of the UK's major mortgage companies. Four years ago the Conveyancing Quality Scheme was officially recognised by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). The scheme does not cover licenced conveyancers. Oakwood is one of the numerous areas of the UK where there are Accredited lawyers.

I have been on the look out for a flat up to £235,500 and identified one round the corner in Oakwood I like with amenity areas and station in the vicinity, however it only has 61 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Oakwood for this price, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake buying a lease with such few years left?

Should you require a mortgage the shortness of the lease will likely be an issue. Discount the offer by the anticipated lease extension will cost if it has not already been discounted. If the current proprietor has owned the premises for a minimum of 2 years you can ask them to commence the lease extension formalities and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease term and have £0 ground rent by law. You should speak to your conveyancing solicitor about this.

My partner and I may need to sub-let our Oakwood 1st floor flat for a while due to a career opportunity. We used a Oakwood conveyancing firm in 2002 but they have closed and we did not think at the time seek any advice as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?

A small minority of properties in Oakwood do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord cannot unreasonably refuse but, in such cases, they would need to see references. Experience suggests 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 permission.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Oakwood - A selection of Queries before Purchasing

    How much is the maintenance charge and ground rent on the apartment? On the whole the outlay for major works are not included within service charges, although there some managing agents in Oakwood obliged tenants to pay into a reserve fund and this is used to offset against major repairs or maintenance. The prefered form of lease structure is where the freehold title is owned by the leaseholders. In this arrangement the tenants enjoy being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is usually retained where it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves.

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