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Ready to buy a new home in South London? Failing to check that a lawyer is on your lender’s list of approved solicitors can put your South London home move at risk of delay or failure.

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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in South London

In what way does my ID and proof of funds have anything to do with my conveyancing in South London? What am I being asked for?

Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering rules require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to check the ID of the potential client they are dealing with before they can accept their conveyancing retainer. The Terms of Engagement that you need to sign should confirm this. Your lender will also require certain documents to be checked. If you refuse to supply identification documents, your conveyancer can not take you on as a client.

Are all South London Conveyancing Quality Solicitors on the Clydesdale conveyancing list of approved practices?

A selection of lenders now make use of CQS as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS accreditation however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the Council of Mortgage Lenders have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to remain on their panels.

I am buying a property in South London. An unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Solicitors conducting should look into this right? Will my lender Co-operative be concerned?

Given that you are obtaining a mortgage with Co-operative your lawyer must follow the conveyancing requirements outlined in Section 2 of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Co-operative. The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook sets out minimum provisions for solar panel roof-space leases, and conveyancers are required to report to Co-operative where a lease does not comply with these requirements. The conditions relate to the installation of panels on properties nationwide and is not isolated to South London.

I recently had an offer accepted on an apartment in South London. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers. I paid an upfront payment of £200. A few days later, the conveyancing practitioner called me sheepishly admitting that they were not on the Lloyds conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Lloyds panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

How does conveyancing in South London differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build property in South London contact us having been asked by the seller to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the residence is built. This is because developers in South London usually buy 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 South London or who has acted in the same development.

I need to find a conveyancing solicitor for leasehold conveyancing in South London. I've chance upon a web site which appears to be the perfect answer If there is a chance to get all the legals completed via email that would be ideal. Should I be wary? What are the potential pitfalls?

As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?

Back In 2001, I bought a leasehold flat in South London. Conveyancing and Barnsley Building Society mortgage organised. I have received a letter from someone saying they have taken over the freehold. Attached was a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1993. The conveyancing practitioner in South London who acted for me is not around. Any advice?

First contact the Land Registry to be sure that the individual claiming to own the freehold is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. There is no need to incur the fees of a South London conveyancing firm 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 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.

I am the proprietor of a second floor flat in South London. In the absence of agreement between myself and the freeholder, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the sum payable for a lease extension?

if there is a absentee freeholder or where there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the LVT to decide the price payable.

An example of a Lease Extension case for a South London flat is Flat B 10 Grove Avenue in October 2013. Following a vesting order Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court 3rd July 2013 The tribunal determines that the premium payable for the lease extension was £36,215.00 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 65.21 years.

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