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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Pontefract

What is the difference between a licensed conveyancer and conveyancing solicitor in Pontefract

Two types of professional can conduct conveyancing in Pontefract namely CLC regulated conveyancers or solicitors. Both professionals handle conveyancing services that required to complete the disposal or acquisition of property. They are both obliged to perform Pontefract conveyancing to the same standards and guidelines so you can be safe in the knowledge that your conveyancing will be professionally administered and that all requirements and steps will be correctly attended to.

This question may be naive but I am wet behind the ears as a first time buyer of a ground floor flat in Pontefract. Do I pick up the keys to the premises on completion from my lawyer? If so, I will instruct a local conveyancing solicitor in Pontefract?

There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Your solicitors will electronically transfer the purchase money to the owner’s conveyancers, and once they have received this, you will be able to receive the keys from the Estate Agents and move into your new home. Usually this happens early afternoon.

Are all Pontefract Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the TSB conveyancing panel?

Some major lenders now use the accreditation scheme as the kick off point for Panel membership such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. That being said,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for solicitors wishing to join their panels.

I understand that there are debates on Chancel Insurance on online forums. Do I need chancel insurance when acquiring a house in Pontefract? or Apparently there is an ancient law that means some homeowners residing in a parish church boundary will be compelled to contribute towards repairs towards the chancel in proximity to the church. Is this suitable for conveyancing in Pontefract?

Unless a prior acquisition of the property took place after 12 October 2013 you can assume that solicitors conducting conveyancing in Pontefract to continue to propose a a chancel search and or chancel repair liability policy.

It has been 2 months following my purchase conveyancing in Pontefract completed. I have checked the Land Registry site which shows that I paid £200,000 when infact I paid £215,000. Why the discrepancy?

The price paid figure is taken from the application to register the purchase. It is the figure included in the Transfer (the legal deed which transfers the residence from one person to the other) and referred to as the 'consideration' or purchase price. You can report an error in the price paid figure using the LR online form. In most cases errors result from typos so at first glance the figure. Do report it so they can double check and advise.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I have offered on two weeks back in what was supposed to be a simple, chain free conveyancing. Pontefract is where the house is located. Can you offer any assistance?

Flying freeholds in Pontefract are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Pontefract you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Pontefract may ascertain that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.

Completion is due on our sale of a £400,000 maisonette in Pontefract next Thursday. The landlords agents has quoted £372 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and previous years statements of service charge. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge an administration fee for a flat conveyance in Pontefract?

Pontefract conveyancing on leasehold apartments usually involves the purchaser’s solicitor submitting enquiries for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is not legally bound to address these enquiries most will be willing to assist. They are at liberty to charge a reasonable administration fee for responding to questions or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average costs for the information that you are referring to is £350, in some transactions it exceeds £800. The administration charge invoiced by the landlord must be accompanied by a summary of rights and obligations in respect of administration charges, without which the charge is not strictly payable. In reality one has no choice but to pay whatever is requested of you should you wish to sell the property.

I own a garden flat in Pontefract, conveyancing was carried out half a dozen years ago. Can you let me have an estimated range of the fair premium for a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Pontefract with an extended lease are worth £186,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 invoiced every year. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2072

With just 53 years unexpired the likely cost is going to be between £27,600 and £31,800 plus legals.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to advice on the actual costs without more comprehensive due diligence. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

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