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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Seaton

After reading moneysavingexpert.com for an affordable solicitor in Seaton, many say that I must instruct a CQS kitemarked lawyer. Can you explain what CQS is?

The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme is the recognised kitemark for legal experts in buying or selling property, trusted by some of the UK's leading lenders. In 2011-12 the Conveyancing Quality Scheme was officially recognised by the Legal Ombudsman. CQS is not a scheme offered by the Council of Licensed Conveyancing. Seaton is one of the many areas of the UK where there are Accredited solicitors.

I used Stirling Law a few years past for my conveyancing in Seaton. Now, I need the documents but the law firm has closed. What do I do?

Do contact the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Seaton of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously used, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build flat in Seaton. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.

Here are examples of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Seaton

    There must be mutual enforceability of lessee’s covenants. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. Please supply a car parking plan. Will control of the Management Company (if any) be handed over to purchasers on completion of the last sale or earlier? The Vendor must covenant to keep unoccupied units in good repair until long leases are granted therefore.

I am looking for a conveyancing solicitor in Seaton for my purchase. Is there any facility to see a solicitor's complaints history with the profession’s regulator?

You can read documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions resulting from inquisitions started on or after Jan 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For details Pre 2008, or to check a solicitors history, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator sometimes recorded call for training purposes.

Back In 2005, I bought a leasehold house in Seaton. Conveyancing and TSB mortgage went though with no issue. A letter has just been received from someone saying they have taken over the reversionary interest in the property. It included a demand for arrears of ground rent dating back to 1994. The conveyancing practitioner in Seaton who acted for me is not around. What should I do?

First contact the Land Registry to make sure that this person is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. There is no need to incur the fees of a Seaton conveyancing solicitor to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. You should note that regardless, even if this is the legitimate landlord, under the Limitation Act 1980 no more than 6 years of rent can be collected.

Seaton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries before buying

    Be sure to discover if the the lease contains any unreasonable restrictions in the lease. For example some leases prohibit pets being permitted in certain buildings in Seaton. If you love the apartmentin Seaton however your dog is not allowed to move with you then you have a very hard determination. In the main the cost for major works tend not to be included within service charges, although a few managing agents in Seaton require leaseholders to contribute towards a sinking fund created for the specific intention of establishing a fund for major works. Who takes responsibility for maintaining and repairing the block?

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