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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Redhill

Having invested time reviewing moneysavingexpert.com for an online solicitor in Redhill, many post that I must instruct a CQS assured solicitor. What is CQS?

Redhill Conveyancing Quality Scheme practices have achieved accreditation by the law Society CQS was created to establish evidence of quality standards in the in the legal transfer of properties. CQS enables buyers and sellers to recognise practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing. Redhill is one of locations in England and Wales in which CQS have a presence. The conveyancing scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-certification, random audits and yearly assessments in order to maintain CQS status. It is available to solicitors and not licensed conveyancers and has the support of the Legal Ombudsman.

I am helping my step-mother sell her flat in Redhill. Will the solicitor order an EPC or should I organise this?

After the demise of HIPs, energy assessments was left as a mandatory part of moving property. An EPC should be to hand before the property is placed on the market. This is not something that lawyers normally organise. Where you are using a Redhill conveyancing practitioner they may be willing to arrange energy assessments due to their contacts with reputable local energy assessors

I happen to be the only recipient of my late mum's estate with all property in now in my sole name, including the house in Redhill. The Redhill property was put into my name in January. I now wish to sell up. I understand that there is a CML six month 'rule', which means that my proprietorship may be treated the same way as though I had purchased the property in January. Will no one buy the property for half a year?

The CML handbook instructs conveyancers to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." By the strict wording you could be affected by that. many banks would take a practical view as this clause is primarily there to identify the purchase and immediately sell or the wholesaling and assigning of property.

My partner and I are in the throws of viewing apartments in Redhill and I am about to put in an offer. Should I already have a conveyancer appointed at this point? I am planning to take a mortgage with Yorkshire BS.

It would be advisable to start your search sooner rather than later. After you have chosen your lawyer and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their contact information on to the selling agent. As you are getting a mortgage with Yorkshire BS, ask your prospective lawyers if they are on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel otherwise they can't do the mortgage legal work.

Have purchased a a detached house in Redhill , What is the estimated time for the Land Registry to register the transfer to my name? My Redhill conveyancing solicitor has been very slow, so I want to be certain the registration is concluded.

As far as conveyancing in Redhill is concerned, registration is no faster or slower than the rest of England and Wales. As opposed to being determined by geographic area, timeframes can differ according to the party submitting the application, whether it is in order and if the Land registry must send notices to any interested parties. As of today in the region of three quarters of such applications are fully dealt with in less than three weeks but occasionally there can be longer delays. Historically registration is effected once the purchaser has moved in to the property thus an expedited registration is not typically primary concern yet if it is urgent that the the registration takes place urgently then you or your solicitor must communicate with the Registry to express the reasoning for the application to be prioritised.

I decided to have a survey carried out on a house in Redhill before retaining solicitors. I have been told that there is a flying freehold overhang to the property. The surveyor advised that some lenders may not grant a mortgage on a flying freehold home.

It varies from the lender to lender. HSBC has different instructions from Birmingham Midshires. Should you wish to telephone us we can check with the relevant bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Redhill. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Redhill especially if they are familiar with such properties in Redhill.

Two months into buying a residence in Redhill. Conveyancing lawyer has phoned to say the property is "Leasehold". Should this make a difference on the marketability of the house?

Redhill conveyancing does not normally involve leasehold houses. The crucial consideration here is the length of lease and the ground rent. If it's 999 years with a peppercorn rent, it's almost the same as freehold, so it shouldn't impact the saleability significantly.

At the other end of the spectrum, if it's, say, Sixty years it will have a adverse impact on the saleability, and most likely wouldn't be mortgageable. The length of lease and ground rent will be specified in the lease to be supplied to your conveyancing practitioner.

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