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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Oxford

Willappointing a Oxford conveyancing lawyer make the ownership transfer smoother?

Existing third party connections is an important consideration when choosing conveyancing lawyers. Oxford conveyancers enjoy long term relationships with mortgage brokers and agents, local authorities, valuers and other law firms meaning you will move in shortest possible time. Having a well rounded insight into the local area is also a plus .

The deeds to our house can not be found. The lawyers who conducted the conveyancing in Oxford 4 years ago have long since closed. Will I be able to sell the house?

In today’s world there are copies made of almost everything, and your lawyer will know precisely where to locate all the relevant documentation so you can buy or sell your house without any difficulty. If duplicates are not available, your solicitor may be able to arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities against future claims on the premises.

Due to the input of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a property in Oxford prior to instructing conveyancers. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold aspect to the property. Our surveyor advised that some mortgage companies will refuse to issue a mortgage on a flying freehold house.

It varies from the lender to lender. Bank of Scotland has different instructions from Birmingham Midshires. Should you wish to telephone us we can check via the appropriate mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Oxford. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Oxford to see if the conveyancing costs will increase in light of this.

My husband and I are FTB’s - agreed a price, but the agent told us that the seller will only go ahead if we instruct their recommended conveyancers as they need an ‘expedited deal’. We would rather use a high street conveyancer who is accustomed to conveyancing in Oxford

It is unlikely the owners are driving this. Should the owner want ‘a quick sale', turning down a motivated buyer is not the way to achieve this. Speak to the vendors direct and make the point that (a)you are motivated purchasers (b)you are excited to move forward, with mortgage lined up © you do not need to sell (d) you wish to move quickly (e)but you are going to appoint your preferred Oxford conveyancing firm - not the ones that will provide the estate agent a kickback or hit his conveyancing figures set by senior management.

I've found a house that appears to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently found out that the title is leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are issues buying a leasehold house in Oxford. Conveyancing lawyers have not yet been instructed. Will my lawyers set out the implications of buying a leasehold house in Oxford ?

The majority of houses in Oxford are freehold and not leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer who is familiar with the area who can help the conveyancing process. it is apparent that you are buying in Oxford in which case you should be looking for a Oxford conveyancing solicitor and be sure that they have experience in dealing with leasehold houses. As a matter of priority you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a lessee you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want with the house. The lease comes with conditions for example obtaining the landlord’sconsent to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a service charge towards the upkeep of the communal areas where the house is located on an estate. Your solicitor should appraise you on the various issues.

Oxford Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries before buying

    You will want to discover as much as possible concerning the managing agents as they will either make your living at the property much simpler or problematic. Being a leasehold owner you will be at the mercy of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to every day issues like the tidiness of the communal areas. Enquire of other people what they think of them. In conclusion, find out the dates that the maintenance fees are due to the relevant party and precisely what you get for your money. What is the the remaining lease term? Does the lease have onerous restrictions?

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