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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Swinton

Is it necessary during the course of the conveyancing process to visit the offices of the solicitor to sign the legal charge? If so, I will instruct a firm who offer conveyancing in Swinton so that I can pop in to their offices if required.

Nowadays approved lawyers for banks carry out the vast majority of work via the post, e-mail or over the phone. This means that they can undertake the legal work for your home move no matter where you live in England or Wales. Nevertheless you should see if you have the option of attending the offices of your conveyancing lawyer if needed.

I am assisting my niece sell her flat in Swinton. Will the solicitor arrange an energy assessment or do I organise this?

After the abolition of HIPs, energy performance certificates was retained a mandatory part of selling a house. An energy assessment needs to be to hand prior to the property being advertised. This is not a task that lawyers normally arrange. If you are using a Swinton conveyancing practitioner they may be willing to arrange energy performance certificates given their contacts with reputable Swinton providers

How can we know in advance if a Swinton conveyancing solicitor on the RBS panel is any good?

When it comes to conveyancing in Swinton getting recommendations is a sensible start. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always recommend that you speak with the lawyer carrying out your conveyancing.

I am selling my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in November 2008, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's mortgage company, Bank of Ireland are being difficult. The Swinton solicitor who is on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Bank of Ireland are insisting on a building regulation certificate. Why do Bank of Ireland have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Bank of Ireland have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Bank of Ireland may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

Should my lawyer be raising enquiries regarding flooding as part of the conveyancing in Swinton.

The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for solicitors carrying out conveyancing in Swinton. Plenty of people will acquire a house in Swinton, completely expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical damage, if a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, satisfactory insurance cover, or sell the premises. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Lawyers are not qualified to offer advice on flood risk, however there are a various checks that may be initiated by the purchaser or by their lawyers which will figure out the risks in Swinton. The conventional set of completed inquiry forms sent to a purchaser’s lawyer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) contains a standard question of the owner to determine if the premises has suffered from flooding. If flooding has previously occurred and is not notified by the vendor, then a purchaser could commence a compensation claim resulting from an incorrect response. The purchaser’s solicitors may also commission an environmental report. This should reveal if there is any known flood risk. If so, additional inquiries will need to be carried out.

How does conveyancing in Swinton differ for newly converted properties?

Most buyers of new build property in Swinton come to us having been asked by the seller to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is built. This is because builders in Swinton usually acquire 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 conveyancing solicitors 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 used to new build conveyancing in Swinton or who has acted in the same development.

I've recently bought a leasehold flat in Swinton. Am I liable to pay service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?

In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element 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).

Swinton Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Queries Prior to Purchasing

    Please tell me if there are any major works in the near future that will likely increase the service charges? Best to be warned whether window replacement or some other major work is due in the near future to be shared between the leaseholders and will dramatically increase the the maintenance charges or result in a specific invoice. The prefered form of lease structure is a share of the freehold. In this situation the lessees enjoy control and although a managing agent is often retained if it is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent is directed by the tenants.

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