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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Portsmouth

I am buying a property for cash in Portsmouth. I have been living for the last 20 years in Portsmouth. Conveyancing searches are exorbitant. As I know the road and vicinity very well should I not bother getting the solicitor to do all the conveyancing searches?

If you not getting a mortgage, then almost all of the Portsmouth conveyancing searches are non-obligatory. Your conveyancer will 'advise', no-doubt strongly, that you should have searches completed, but she has a professional duty to do this. Do bear in mind; if you are going to dispose of the house one day, it may be of relevance to your future buyer what the searches reveal. Sometimes properties with day to day issues can still reveal unexpected search results. A competent conveyancing solicitor in Portsmouth will be able to give you some constructive guidance concerning this.

As someone clueless as to conveyancing in Portsmouth what’s the number one tip you can give me for the home moving process in Portsmouth

Not many law firms shout this from the rooftops but conveyancing in Portsmouth and elsewhere in England and Wales is an adversarial experience. In other words, when it comes to conveyancing there exists an abundance of opportunity for conflict between you and others involved in the transaction. For instance, the seller, property agent and even potentially your lender. Choosing a lawyer for your conveyancing in Portsmouth should not be taken lightly as your conveyancer is your adviser, and is the ONLY party in the legal process whose responsibility is to protect your legal interests and to protect you.

There is a definite ongoing adversarial element to conveyancing- someone must be at fault for the process being so protracted. You your first instinct should be to trust your solicitor above all other parties in the conveyancing process.

Can I be sure that the Portsmouth conveyancing solicitor on the Coventry BS panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Portsmouth obtaining recommendations is a good starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always advise that you speak with the solicitor handling your transaction.

My partner and I have organised the release of further funds on our home loan from Nottingham as we intend to conduct a loft conversion to our house in Portsmouth. Do we need to choose a nearby Portsmouth solicitor on the Nottingham conveyancing panel to handle the paperwork?

Nottingham would not normally instruct a member of their conveyancing panel to handle the formalities. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Nottingham panel.

I currently have a mortgage with Bank of Ireland for my property in Portsmouth. Conveyancing has been completed months ago. In the event that I decide to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform Bank of Ireland?

You must advise Bank of Ireland prior to letting out your property as this is likely to be a breach of Bank of Ireland’s mortgage conditions. It may be that Bank of Ireland will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Bank of Ireland directly. It should not be necessary to do this via a Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel firm.

How does conveyancing in Portsmouth differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Portsmouth contact us having been asked by the housebuilder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is completed. This is because builders in Portsmouth tend to purchase the site, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Portsmouth or who has acted in the same development.

Is it true that a Portsmouth conveyancing practice got sued by a client for not carrying out the appropriate conveyancing searches?

We are not aware of such a Portsmouth conveyancing matter but according to a recent report, a couple buying a home elsewhere in England successfully sued their conveyancer as a consequence of development permission to build a wind farm not being picked up in conveyancing searches.

If you are buying in Portsmouth It is critical that your conveyancer purchase all Portsmouth conveyancing searches required to ensure you have relevant and up to date information before buying a home in Portsmouth.

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