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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Sonning Common

Why would I appoint a Sonning Common conveyancing company when internet based conveyancers are more affordable?

To take your time to find get 2 or 3 like-for-like quotes for conveyancing costs in Sonning Common and you should seek a reasonable fee calculation but don’t become consumed with searching for the cheapest Sonning Common conveyancer. Identifying the right conveyancer can mark the difference between a seamless and a stressful house move. You need to ensure that you have expert advice from an experienced lawyer. An e-mail can never be as helpful as a phone discussion and can never replicate a one to one appointment. The firms that we work with will appoint you a qualified and trusted conveyancing solicitor who can handle your conveyancing from beginning to end, providing a level of hand holding that you are unlikely to received from an internet conveyancer. He or She will inform you as to any developments making sure that you are regularly updated. If you ever need to phone the firm you will be sure who you need to speak to and they will be sure you are in the know.

I have today made my last payment due on my mortgage with Principality. I assume I don't need a Sonning Common property lawyer on the Principality panel to discharge the mortgage at the Land Registry. Please confirm.

If you have finished paying off your Principality mortgage, they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Principality mortgage from the register. Principality, and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage:

  1. but are not moving to another property
  2. where Principality has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
  3. Principality has instructed the Land Registry to do so
The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your Principality mortgage has been paid off.

I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in Sonning Common off the council. I have a mortgage offer with HSBC. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?

It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with HSBC, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the HSBC conveyancing panel.

I have a mortgage with Skipton for my property in Sonning Common. Conveyancing was finalised months ago. If I am intending to rent out my property and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a buy-to-let mortgage or inform Skipton?

Skipton must be informed of your intention in advance of renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of Skipton’s mortgage conditions. In many cases banks or building societies will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Skipton directly. You need not do this via a Skipton conveyancing panel solicitor.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build flat in Sonning Common. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build legal work.

Set out below is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Sonning Common

    The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. Has the Lease plan been approved by the Land Registry and if not when will they be lodged for this purpose? Please supply a car parking plan.

I am attracted to a two apartments in Sonning Common which have approximately fifty years remaining on the lease term. should I be concerned?

There are plenty of short leases in Sonning Common. The lease is a legal document that entitles you to use the property for a prescribed time frame. As a lease gets shorter the marketability of the lease decreases and it becomes more expensive to extend the lease. This is why it is often a good idea to extend the lease term. More often than not it is difficulties arise selling premises with a short lease because mortgage lenders may be reluctant to lend money on such properties. Lease enfranchisement can be a protracted process. We advise that you seek professional help from a conveyancer and surveyor with experience in this field.

Sonning Common Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Queries before buying

    The answer will be helpful as a) areas may result in problems in the building as the common areas may start to deteriorate if maintenance remain unpaid b) if the tenants have a dispute with the managing agents you will wish to have full disclosure It is important to be aware whether a new roof is being installed or some other major work is due in the near future that will be shared amongst the leaseholders and will dramatically increase the the service charges or necessitate a specific invoice. Generally speaking the cost for major works tend not to be wrapped into the service charges, although a few managing agents in Sonning Common require leaseholders to contribute towards a sinking fund and this is used to offset against larger repairs or maintenance.

How and when do I pay stamp duty chargeable for my purchase in Sonning Common?

Most property lawyers will fill out a stamp duty return for you as part of your Sonning Common purchase transaction for you to sign. After completion your property lawyer will submit your STL Return Form to the Tax Authorities and - as long as they have the funds - settle any Stamp Duty due for you.

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