Some advice if I may. My Tadworth conveyancer is informing me me that he is legally obliged toconduct Tadworth conveyancing searches asthe firm are on the Santandersolicitor panel. Is this really necessary?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. As you are obtaining a mortgage with a bank your conveyancer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your conveyancer would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of your bank’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to follow the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook requirements . Even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out Tadworth conveyancing searches.
The deeds to our house can not be found. The solicitors who dealt with the conveyancing in Tadworth 4 years ago are no longer around. What are my options?
Nowadays there are copies made of almost everything, and your conveyancer will be aware precisely where to find all the suitable paperwork so you may buy or dispose of your house without any difficulty. If duplicates can’t be found, your conveyancer can arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities protecting you against possible claims on your property.
I am thinking of appointing a conveyancing lawyer in Tadworth for my purchase. Can I review a solicitor's complaints history with the legal regulator?
You may search for documented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) determinations stemming from investigations started on or after 1 January 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. To find details about the period before 1 January 2008, or to check a firm's record, telephone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator may monitor call for training reasons.
I own a leasehold house in Tadworth. Conveyancing and Barnsley Building Society mortgage are in place. A letter has just been received from someone claiming to own the freehold. It included a ground rent demand for rent dating back to 1993. The conveyancing solicitor in Tadworth who previously acted has now retired. Do I pay?
First make enquiries of the Land Registry to make sure that this person is in fact the registered owner of the freehold reversion. You do not need to incur the fees of a Tadworth conveyancing firm to do this as you can do this on the Land Registry website for less than a fiver. You should note that regardless, even if this is the legitimate freeholder, under the Limitation Act 1980 the limitation period for recovery of ground rent is six years.
I inherited a second floor flat in Tadworth. Given that I can not reach agreement with the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the amount due for a lease extension?
Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Tadworth conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Tadworth flat is 33 The Maisonettes Alberta Avenue in June 2014. the Tribunal decided that the premium payable for the grant of a new lease be the sum of £20,680 (Twenty Thousand six hundred and eighty pounds). This case affected 1 flat. The unexpired term was 60.43 years.
We are FTB’s just having agreed a price on a property in Tadworth, and are about to get solicitors appointed. I have utilised the numerous rating tools and the fee estimates are from all across the England and Wales. Is it essential to have a Tadworth lawyer local to the potential house? We are fine to do everything electronically, but I guess at some stage we may need to visit the solicitor's office to sign papers?
The lawyer does not need to be in Tadworth, but choosing local means that you have the option to go in if you need to, by way of example, if a signature is needed urgently. Also, a Tadworth solicitor is likely to be familiar with local agents and (if the vendor has instructed a local lawyer) with them, which should help smooth the process.