My brother and I have lately purchased a house in South Ockendon. We have noticed several problems with the property which we believe were omitted in the conveyancing searches. Is there anything we can do? Can you clarify the type of searches that should have been carried out as part of conveyancing in South Ockendon?
It is not clear from the question as what problems have arisen and if they are specific to conveyancing in South Ockendon. Conveyancing searches and due diligence undertaken as part of the legal transfer of property are carried out to help avoid problems. As part of the process, the vendor fills in a questionnaire called a SPIF. answers ends up being incorrect, then you may have a claim against the owner for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in South Ockendon.
My wife and I are buying a apartment in South Ockendon. I might seem paranoid but how we can trust a solicitor? On completion day we have to deposit our life savings into their account. What protection do we have from them run away with our monies?
Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.
Forgive me if this question is silly but I am unseasoned as a first time purchaser of a garden flat in South Ockendon. Do I pick up the keys to the house on the completion date from my solicitor? If so, I will appoint a High Street conveyancing solicitor in South Ockendon?
There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Your solicitors will electronically transfer the purchase money to the vendor’s lawyers, and once they have received this, you will be invited to receive the keys from the property Agents and move into your new home. Usually this occurs early afternoon.
Nationwide have agreed my home loan in principle, my bid on a flat in South Ockendon has been agreed to, what happens next?
Your estate agent will want to be advised as to your lawyer's details (ensure that the conveyancing practitioners are on the lender’s panel). Call up Nationwide or your financial adviser and finalise any appropriate paperwork. Nationwide will instruct a valuer who will get in contact with the selling agent or seller to arrange an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes approximately a fortnight for the mortgage offer to be issued. Nationwide will issue the offer to you and your lawyers. The legal work will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in South Ockendon.
What does a local search reveal concerning the property my wife and I buying in South Ockendon?
South Ockendon conveyancing often starts with the submitting local authority searches directly from your local Authority or via a personal search company for instance Searches UK The local search plays an important role in most South Ockendon conveyancing purchase; as long as you don’t want any nasty once you have moved into your new home. The search should supply data on, amongst other things, details on planning applications applicable to the premises (whether granted or refused), building control history, any enforcement action, restrictions on permitted development, nearby road schemes, contaminated land and radon gas; in all a total of 13 subject headings.
I am thinking of appointing a conveyancing lawyer in South Ockendon for my sale. Can I see a firm’s record with the legal regulator?
One can read published Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions resulting from investigations commenced on or after 1 January 2008. Visit Check a solicitor's record. To find details about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a solicitors record, ring 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, use +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator may monitor call for training purposes.
My wife and I may need to rent out our South Ockendon ground floor flat for a while due to a career opportunity. We used a South Ockendon conveyancing firm in 2004 but they have closed and we did not have the foresight to get any guidance as to whether the lease allows us to sublet. How do we find out?
The lease dictates relations between the freeholder and you the flat owner; in particular, it will set out if subletting is not allowed, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The accepted inference is that if the lease contains no specific ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. The majority of leases in South Ockendon do not prevent an absolute prevention of subletting – such a clause would adversely affect the market value the flat. Instead, there is usually simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly supplying a copy of the sublease.
I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord for a lease extension without success. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal decide on such issues? Can you recommend a South Ockendon conveyancing firm to represent me?
Most certainly. We are happy to put you in touch with a South Ockendon conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a South Ockendon residence is 37 Lodge Court High Street in November 2013. the decision of the LVT was that the premium to be paid for the new lease was £25,559 This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired lease term was 57.5 years.