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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Shoreditch

We are getting the release of further monies on our mortgage from Lloyds as we wish to conduct alterations to our home in Shoreditch. Do we need to choose a local Shoreditch solicitor on the Lloyds conveyancing panel to deal with the legals?

Lloyds don't usually instruct a member of their approved list of lawyers to deal with the formalities. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the Lloyds panel.

I was told four weeks ago that my mortgage has been agreed to by Santander. Is it usual for Santander to only issue the offer once my solicitor in Shoreditch is approved on their conveyancing panel? Santander have asked my solicitor to see a copy of their Professional Indemnity Insurance Schedule.

A lender would not issue an offer until they have details of a lawyer on their panel. It can take a few weeks for Santander to deal with your lawyer's application to be on the Santander conveyancing panel. There's no guarantee that your solicitor will be accepted.

After shopping around on the internet I have found a Shoreditch property lawyer having checked that they are on the Lloyds conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property?

Lloyds will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Lloyds will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by your Shoreditch postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Lloyds, you could contact them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors in Shoreditch.

How does conveyancing in Shoreditch differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Shoreditch contact us having been asked by the housebuilder to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is finished. This is because builders in Shoreditch usually acquire the real estate, 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 Shoreditch or who has acted in the same development.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a house I put an offer in two weeks back in what should have been a simple, chain free conveyancing. Shoreditch is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Shoreditch are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Shoreditch you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Shoreditch 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 residence.

What does commercial conveyancing in Shoreditch cover?

Shoreditch conveyancing for business premises incorporates a wide range of guidance, supplied by regulated solicitors, relating to business premises. By way of example, this type of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more commonly, the transfer of existing business tenancies or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial loans and the termination of tenancies.

I am hoping to put an offer on a small detached house that seems to meet my requirements, at a reasonable price which is making it all the more appealing. I have subsequently been informed that it's a leasehold rather than freehold. I am assuming that there are particular concerns buying a house with a leasehold title in Shoreditch. Conveyancing advisers have are soon to be appointed. Will they explain the issues?

Most houses in Shoreditch are freehold rather than leasehold. This is one of the situations where having a local conveyancer used to dealing with such properties who can help the conveyancing process. It is clear that you are buying in Shoreditch so you should seriously consider looking for a Shoreditch conveyancing solicitor and check that they have experience in transacting on leasehold houses. First you will need to check the unexpired lease term. As a leaseholder you will not be at liberty to do whatever you want to the property. The lease comes with conditions such as obtaining the freeholder’sconsent to carry out alterations. You may also be required to pay a maintenance charge towards the maintenance of the communal areas where the property is part of an estate. Your lawyer will report to you on the legal implications.

I inherited a ground-floor 1960’s flat in Shoreditch. In the absence of agreement between myself and the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount payable for the purchase of the freehold?

You certainly can. We can put you in touch with a Shoreditch conveyancing firm who can help.

An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Shoreditch residence is 137 & 139 Haberdasher Street in December 2013. The Tribunal determines in accordance with section 48 and Schedule 13 of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 that the premium for the extended lease for each Property should be £12,350.00. This case was in relation to 2 flats. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 72.39 years.

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