Recently contacted my conveyancing solicitor in Sidmouth who conducted the legals two years ago requesting a conveyancing estimate based on an identical type of house sale & purchase (a leasehold property and a freehold property) of almost identical values with a mortgage from Yorkshire Building Society. It looks as though am now being quoted twice the amount. Am I right to be tempted to shop around for an alternative conveyancer?
The charges seem a little high. If you you were to look around you could trim some of the expense by perhaps £125. On the other hand, providing that you were content with the conveyancing the firm gave you couldcome to rue choosing an an untested solicitor. If is important to check the conveyancer can represent Yorkshire Building Society. Do make use of our search tool to choose a Sidmouth conveyancing firm on the Yorkshire Building Society approved list of lawyers, which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Sidmouth.
My wife and I are downsizing from our home in Sidmouth and according to the buyers it appears that there is a possibility that the property was built on contaminated land. A local lawyer would know this is not the case. It does beg the question why the buyers used a web based conveyancing practice as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in Sidmouth. Having lived in Sidmouth for 5 years we know that this is a non issue. Should we contact our local Authority to get clarification that the buyers are looking for.
It would appear that you have a conveyancing lawyer currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You must check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same illness)
The deeds to my property are lost. The conveyancers who handled the conveyancing in Sidmouth 4 years ago have long since closed. What do I do?
Nowadays there are duplicates made of almost everything, and your conveyancer will know exactly where to look for all the relevant documentation so you can buy or dispose of your house without any difficulty. Where copies are not available, your conveyancer may be able to arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities protecting you against future claims on your property.
I have been on the look out for a ground for flat up to £235,500 and found one round the corner in Sidmouth I like with amenity areas and railway links in the vicinity, however it only has 52 remaining years left on the lease. There is not much else in Sidmouth in this price bracket, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake acquiring a lease with such few years left?
If you need a home loan that many years will be an issue. Reduce the price by the amount the lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the current owner has owned the property for a minimum of 2 years you can ask them to start the process of the extension and then assign it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the existing lease and have £0 ground rent by law. You should consult your conveyancing lawyer regarding this matter.
My father has suggested that I appoint his conveyancers in Sidmouth. Should I use them?
No doubt the best way to find a conveyancing solicitor is to seek recommendations from friends or relatives who have actually used the conveyancer that you are considering.