Are the BSA intent on creating a online directory to to identify firms on the Darlington Building Society conveyancing panel for example in Sawston?
We are not aware of any plans on the part of the BSA to develop such a tool.
I purchased a renovated Edwardian house in Sawston. Conveyancing solicitor acted for me and Bank of Scotland. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw two entries: one for freehold, the second leasehold under the exact same address. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?
You need to assess the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Sawston and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they sell they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with mortgage companies. You can also question the situation with the conveyancing lawyer who conducted the conveyancing.
I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on two weeks back in what was supposed to be a quick, no chain conveyancing. Sawston is where the house is located. What do you suggest?
Flying freeholds in Sawston are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Sawston 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 Sawston may determine 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.
What tools are available to identify a Sawston law firm on the Aldermore conveyancing panel? I drive a motor bike and am willing to travel upto 10miles to meet the lawyer.
You can use the search on this page. Please select a bank and your location and you will see a number of Sawston conveyancing lawyers located nearest you. We have detailed some Sawston conveyancing firms towards the end of this page and you can call them to verify whether they are on the Aldermore member panel
Can you offer any advice when it comes to appointing a Sawston conveyancing firm to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?
If you are instructing a conveyancer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Sawston conveyancing practice) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you speak with several firms including non Sawston conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. Where the conveyancing practice is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. The following questions might be of use:
What are the legal fees for lease extension work? What volume of lease extensions have they carried out in Sawston in the last twenty four months?
Sawston Leasehold Conveyancing - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing
You will want to find out as much as possible concerning the company managing the block as they will either make living at the property much simpler or uncomfortable. Being a leasehold owner you are frequently in the clutches of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to every day issues such as the cleanliness of the common parts. Ask other tenants if they are happy with them. Finally, investigate as to the dates that the service fees are due to the managing agents and precisely how they are spending the funds. On the whole the outlay for major works are not included within service charges, albeit that some managing agents in Sawston ask tenants to pay into a reserve fund created for the specific intention of building a fund for larger repairs or maintenance. Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge payments?