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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Portsmouth

Some advice if I may. My Portsmouth lawyer is advising me that she is duty bound toorder Portsmouth conveyancing searches resulting from the fact thatthe firm are on the Virgin Moneysolicitor panel. These Portsmouth checks cost a lot of money can this be avoided?

You have limited options available to you. As you are obtaining a mortgage with a lender your property lawyer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your solicitor would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of your lender’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook requirements . Even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out Portsmouth conveyancing searches.

Why is leasehold purchase conveyancing in Portsmouth costs more?

The conveyancing fees for a leasehold premises in Portsmouth is often higher as compared to a freehold acquisition or disposal. This is because there is an amount of extra time necessary in dealing with the freeholder and management company to collate the information about whether the rent and service fee have been cleared and whether there are any major works due in the foreseeable future on repairs or maintenance of the block.

My uncle passed away last year and as sole heir and executor I was left the house in Portsmouth. The house had a relatively small loan remaining of approximately £8000. I want to transfer the title deeds into my name whilst I re-mortgage to Co-operative, pay off the mortgage. Is this allowed?

Where you plan to refinance then Co-operative will insist on your using a conveyancer on the Co-operative conveyancing panel. Here is link to the Land Registry online guidance around what to do when a property owner dies. This will help you to understand the registration process behind changing the details re the registered title. in your case it would appear that you are effectively purchasing the property from the estate. Your Co-operative conveyancing panel solicitor pays the new mortgage money into the estate, the estate pays off the old mortgage, the charge is released and you become the owner and the Co-operative mortgage is registered as a charge at the Land Registry.

I am helping my aunt sell her house in Portsmouth. Will the conveyancing solicitor order the energy performance certificate or it is for me to coordinate?

After the abolition of Home Packs, EPC’s was left as a mandatory component of selling a property. An energy assessment must be commissioned before the property is marketed. This is not as aspect of the sale process that conveyancers ordinarily arrange. Where you are using a Portsmouth conveyancing lawyer they may be able to arrange energy performance certificates given their relationships with long established Portsmouth providers

I just acquired a house at auction in Portsmouth. Conveyancing is needed. What is next?

Given that you are now legally bound yourself to purchase you will need to instruct a conveyancing practitioner soon as you are faced with a tight a fixed date to complete the property. An auction property will ordinarily have an associated legal set of papers. This will include most,if not all of the documents that your lawyer will need. In the case of leasehold property the legal pack may provide a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing paperwork relating to a leasehold property. You must give this to your appointed conveyancing solicitor ASAP. Do make sure that you have funds in order to complete on the on the contractual date .

We have a mortgage agreed in principle with Barclays. Portsmouth conveyancing solicitors are selected. How long does it take for Barclays to send the offer to the solicitor?

There is no definitive answer here. Have Barclays conducted the valuation? Have you informed Barclays as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Barclays conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through.

My wife and I have a terraced Edwardian house in Portsmouth. Conveyancing lawyer represented me and Lloyds TSB Bank. I did a free Land Registry search last week and there are two entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold under the exact same property. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?

You should read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Portsmouth and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with mortgage companies. You can also check the position with the conveyancing practitioner who conducted the conveyancing.

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