I am assisting my step-mother sell her flat in Stockton on Tees. Does the conveyancing solicitor commission an EPC or do I organise this?
After the demise of Home Information Packs, energy performance certificates was retained a compulsory component of moving house. An energy assessment should be commissioned in advance of the property being advertised. It is not as aspect of the sale process that lawyers ordinarily organise. Where you are instructing a Stockton on Tees conveyancing lawyer they might be able to arrange EPC’s due to their contacts with long established local assessors
I happen to be the single recipient of my late father’s will and I have everything in my name alone, including the my former home in Stockton on Tees. The Stockton on Tees property was put into my name in April. I plan to dispose of the house. I understand that there is a Mortgage Lenders six month 'rule', meaning my property ownership will be treated the same way as if I'd bought the house in April. Do I have to wait 6 months to sell?
The CML handbook obliges solicitors to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." Technically you could be affected by that. How practical a view mortgage companies take of it, depend on the lender as this clause is primarily there to capture the purchase and immediately sell or the wholesaling and assigning of property.
Is it the case that all Stockton on Tees conveyancing solicitors on the HSBC conveyancing panel are overseen by the SRA?
As a firm of solicitors, in order to be on the HSBC approved list of solicitors they would need to be governed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. Many banks do list licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such organisation would be overseen by the CLC.
4 months have gone by since my purchase conveyancing in Stockton on Tees concluded. I have checked the Land Registry website which shows that I paid £150,000 when infact I paid £170,000. Why the discrepancy?
The price paid figure is taken from the application to register the purchase. It is the figure included in the Transfer (the legal deed which transfers the residence from one person to the other) and referred to as the 'consideration' or purchase price. You can report an error in the price paid figure using the LR online form. In most cases errors result from typos so at first glance the figure. Do report it so they can double check and advise.
Am I best advised to go with a Stockton on Tees conveyancing solicitor who is local to the property I am hoping to buy? We have a good friend who can carry out the conveyancing but they are based over three hundred kilometers away.
The benefit of a local Stockton on Tees conveyancing practice is that you can attend the office to execute paperwork, hand in your identification documents and apply pressure on them where appropriate. They will also have local intelligence which is a plus. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If other friends have instructed your friend and the majority were happy that must surpass using an unfamiliar Stockton on Tees conveyancing solicitor solely due to them being based in the area.
I’m about to sell my ground floor flat in Stockton on Tees. Conveyancing has not commenced, however I have recently received a quarterly maintenance charge invoice – should I leave it to the buyer to sort out?
Your conveyancing lawyer is likely to suggest that you should discharge the service charge as normal because all ground rent and service payments should be allotted on completion, so you will be reimbursed by the buyer for the period running from after the completion date to the subsequent invoice date. Most management companies will not acknowledge the buyer until the service charges have been paid and are up to date, so it is important for both buyer and seller for the seller to show that they are up to date. This will smooth the conveyancing process.
Stockton on Tees Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Queries Prior to Purchasing
In the main the outlay for major works are not wrapped into the service charges, albeit that some managing agents in Stockton on Tees require leaseholders to contribute towards a sinking fund and this is used to offset against larger works. How many of the leaseholders are in arrears for their service charge payments? Does the lease contain onerous restrictions?
For various reasons I cannot travel my Stockton on Tees conveyancing solicitors office to sign documents for conveyancing in Stockton on Tees – is this a problem?
You need not be concerned. Stockton on Tees conveyancing lawyers can conduct home moves for clients across the country. You are unlikely to be required to meet your lawyer in the flesh at a Stockton on Tees conveyancers office. Almost all lawyer can deal with all communications remotely from their Stockton on Tees premises.