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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Southbourne

Willinstructing a Southbourne conveyancing firm make the ownership transfer smoother?

Generally conveyancing solicitors in your neck of the woods will have strong alliances with your local authority, which could assist with your Southbourne conveyancing searches that your solicitor will require. It also helps if they have existing connections with the Local Land Registry Office your area Southbourne, other property lawyers in the neighbourhood and Southbourne selling agents.

The vendors of the property we are looking to purchase hired a conveyancing firm in Southbourne who has suggested a lock out contract with a down payment 10k. Is it wise to enter into such agreements?

Lock out contracts are contracts between a property seller and prospective acquirer granting the buyer a ‘clear field’ to the sale of the premises within a prescribed time frame. For all intents and purposes, a lock out is a document stating that you will be issued with a contract at a later time being the contract for the actual sale. It is generally utilised for buyer confidence though in some cases, the vendor may enjoy an upside from such agreements as well. There are many pros and cons to having an agreement but you need to check with your conveyancer but note that it may result in costing you extra in conveyancing fees. In light of this these agreements are avoided in relation to conveyancing in Southbourne.

What is the difference between a licensed conveyancer and conveyancing solicitor in Southbourne

There are two types of lawyers who can conduct conveyancing in Southbourne namely CLC regulated conveyancers or solicitors. Both professionals administer conveyancing services that you need to complete the disposal or acquisition of property. Both are required to conduct Southbourne conveyancing to the same standards and guidelines so you may be safe in the knowledge that your conveyancing will be professionally conducted and that all necessary procedures should be accurately followed.

is it true that all Southbourne solicitor practices on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority?

As solicitors, in order to be on the Clydesdale approved list of solicitors they would need to be governed by the SRA. The majority of banks do list licenced conveyancers on their panel and in that case the practice would be governed by the CLC.

I have paid off my mortgage with HSBC. I assume I don't need a Southbourne property lawyer on the HSBC panel to discharge the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?

If you have finished paying off your HSBC 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 HSBC mortgage from the register. HSBC, 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 HSBC has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
  3. HSBC has instructed the Land Registry to do so
The Land Registry will send you a letter confirming that your HSBC mortgage has been paid off.

Do commercial conveyancing searches reveal proposed roadworks that could affect a commercial premises in Southbourne?

Its becoming the norm that commercial conveyancing solicitors in Southbourne will carry out a SiteSolutions Highways report as it dramatically cuts the time that conveyancers spend in researching accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in Southbourne. The report sets out definitive data on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in Southbourne.

For every commercial conveyancing transaction in Southbourne it is crucial to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. Failure to identify developments where adoption procedures have not been addressed adequately can cause delays to Southbourne commercial conveyancing transactions as well as pose a risk to future intentions for the site. These searches are not ordered for domestic conveyancing in Southbourne.

Last November I purchased a leasehold flat in Southbourne. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?

Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.

If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).

Southbourne Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Questions you should ask before buying

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