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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Sunderland

I'm in the process of switching my current homeowner mortgage to a Buy to Let Alliance & Leicester mortgage. I have been informed by my broker that I require a conveyancer as part of the process. I had a chat my former Sunderland conveyancing practitioner who dealt with the legals when I initially acquired the house. The costs illustration e-mailed to me of £550 has shocked me as its a remortgage than a sale or purchase.

The charges are a tad high. If you are happy to spend time comparing costs you might decrease the fees marginally by as much as £100 plus VAT. On the other hand, providing that you were happy with the assistance the firm offered you maycome to regret choosing an an unknown solicitor. Don't forget to enquire the solicitor can represent Alliance & Leicester . You can employ our search tool to locate a Sunderland conveyancing firm on the Alliance & Leicester conveyancing panel, which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Sunderland.

I purchased a freehold residence in Sunderland yet invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in Sunderland and has limited impact for conveyancing in Sunderland but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.

Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges date back many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the creation of fresh rentcharges post 1977.

Previous rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 will be dispensed with completely.

I am told that my conveyancing solicitors will need to check that the building insurance when buying a house in Sunderland. My lender is Platform

Platform have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook. As of 18/12/2018, the requirements read as follows :

Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up during conveyancing in Sunderland?

Covenants that are restrictive in nature can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Sunderland. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’

There are only 68 years remaining on my lease in Sunderland. I now want to get lease extension but my landlord is can not be found. What options are available to me?

If you meet the appropriate requirements, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will enable the lease to be lengthened by the Court. You will be obliged to demonstrate that you have done all that could be expected to track down the freeholder. For most situations an enquiry agent would be helpful to conduct investigations and to produce a report which can be accepted by the court as evidence that the freeholder can not be located. It is wise to seek advice from a solicitor both on investigating the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court overseeing Sunderland.

Sunderland Leasehold Conveyancing - Sample of Queries before Purchasing

    Does the lease have onerous restrictions? Is there a share of the freehold? The best form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this scenario the lessees benefit from being in charge if their destiny and even though a managing agent is often employed where it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves.

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