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

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Oxfordshire

Me and my partner are buying our first property. Our property lawyer has e-mailedto enquire if we would like to purchase supplemental conveyancing searches. We are really unsure what's necessary for conveyancing in Oxfordshire

The scope of Oxfordshire conveyancing searches should be dictated entirely on the property, the location, the likelihood of any of these risks, your knowledge of the region and risks, your overall approach to risk. What is important is that you properly comprehend what information each search could provide. Then you can make a decision if you personally think you need that information. Where you are in doubt, ask your solicitor to guide you.

My apartment in Oxfordshire is up for sale and I have a buyer. Does the conveyancing practitioner have to be on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel in order to deal with repayment of my mortgage?

Ordinarily, even if your lawyer is not on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel they can still act for you on your sale. It might be that the lender will not release the original deeds (if applicable and increasingly irrelevant) until after the mortgage is paid off. You should speak to your lawyer directly before you start the process though to ensure that there is no problem as lenders are changing their conditions fairly frequently currently.

Me and my partner are buying a flat in Oxfordshire. It might be a silly question but how we can trust a lawyer? On completion day we have to put our life savings into their account. What protection do we have from them run away with our monies?

Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.

We are buying a end of terrace house in Oxfordshire. The intention is to carry out a loft conversion at the house.Will legal conveyancing on the property involve checks to ascertain if these alterations were previously refused?

Your conveyancer should review the registered title as conveyancing in Oxfordshire will occasionally identify restrictions in the title documents which restrict categories of alterations or necessitated the permission of another owner. Certain additions call for local authority planning permissions and approval under the building regulations. Certain locations are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which frequently prevent or affect extensions. You should check these issues with a surveyor before you commit yourself to a purchase.

It is unclear whether my lender obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have called my Oxfordshire building society branch on various occasions and was told it does not impact the mortgage offer and they will lend. My Oxfordshire conveyancing solicitor - who is on the bank conveyancing panel- telephoned and was told they would not lend based on their UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook minimum lease term requirements. Who do I believe?

Your conveyancing practitioner has to comply with the CML Handbook Part 2 provisions for your lender. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the mortgage company will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the lender to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years remaining.

I am looking at a couple of apartments in Oxfordshire which have about fifty years unexpired on the lease term. Do I need to be concerned?

There is no doubt about it. A leasehold flat in Oxfordshire is a deteriorating asset as a result of the shortening lease. The closer the lease gets to zero years unexpired, the more it adversely affects the salability of the property. The majority of buyers and mortgage companies, leases with less than eighty years become less and less attractive. On a more positive note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the property for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of premises with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with Oxfordshire conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. A more straightforward and quicker method of extending would be to contact your landlord directly and sound him out on the prospect of extending the lease. You may find he or she is happy to negotiate informally and willing to consider your offer straight off, without having to involve anyone else. This will save you time and money and it could help you reach a lower price on the lease. You need to ensure that any new terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Oxfordshire - A selection of Questions you should consider before Purchasing

    Make sure you enquire if the the lease includes any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. For example plenty of leases prohibit pets being allowed in certain buildings in Oxfordshire. If you love the apartmentin Oxfordshire yet your cat is not allowed to move with you then you have a very difficult determination. It is important to be aware whether redecorating or some other significant cost is coming up to be shared amongst the leaseholders and could well materially impact the level of the service costs or result in a one time invoice. What is the the remaining lease term?

My partner and I are buying a ground floor flat in Oxfordshire. When we first instructed solicitor, they assured us that they were on all major UK mortgage company panels. The financial adviser emailed today to advise that they are not on the Yorkshire BS approved list. If it turns out to be true, what should we do? Should we simply pick a different lawyer that is on their approved list or should we cover the costs for dual representation, with Yorkshire BS appointing their own approved conveyancer.

When purchasing a property with mortgage finance it is normal for the buyer’s solicitors to also represent the mortgage company. In order to act for a bank or building society a lawyer has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the solicitor to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict conditions which the solicitor has to satisfy. Some banks now require their panel firms to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your lawyer should contact Yorkshire BS to discover if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own solicitors to act. You don't have to instruct a firm on Yorkshire BS's conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred Oxfordshire lawyers, in which case it will likely add costs, and it will likely delay the transaction as you are adding another solicitor into the mix.

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