My partner’s brother is a solicitor. I suspect that I'll be able to get friends and family pricing for conveyancing, but if not, what kind of costs would I typically be looking at for conveyancing in Twickenham?
You should contrast pricing. Do use our comparison tool on this page. Whilst prices seem to contrast greatly but the service one can expect differ between property lawyers as is the case with most professions.
Me and my partner are buying a house in Twickenham. It might be a silly question but how we can trust a lawyer? At some point we will need to send our life savings into their account. What is the protection we have from them run away with our monies?
Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.
Completion of my remortgage has taken place for my property in Twickenham. Conveyancing was satisfactory but I feel I should register my dissatisfaction about the lender. How does one go about formally complaining?
Almost all banks and building societies have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Services Team at head office. In most cases complaints to a lender are sorted out effectively and efficiently. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service, South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR with full details of your complaint.
I recently had an offer agreed on a house in Twickenham. My mortgage broker suggested a conveyancer. I paid an upfront payment of £200. Not long after, the property lawyer called me to say that they were not on the Santander conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Santander panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
It has been 4 months since my purchase conveyancing in Twickenham completed. I have checked the Land Registry website which shows that I paid £200,000 when infact I paid £180,000. 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 property 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.
I am looking for a conveyancing lawyer in Twickenham for my house move. Can I check a solicitor's complaints history with the profession’s regulator?
Anyone can find presented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions stemming from inquisitions from 2008 onwards. Visit Check a solicitor's record. For details Pre 2008, or to check a solicitors history, phone 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 any week day save for Tuesday when lines open at 9.30am. International callers, dial +44 (0)121 329 6800. The regulator could recorded call for training purposes.
Two months into a sale of a flat in Twickenham. Conveyancing is fine but we are being charged a fortune by the freeholder. To date we have paid £295.50 for a leasehold management information and then another £118 for answers to queries raised by the buyers property lawyer.
Your property lawyer will not have any sway over the level of the charges for this information however the typical fee for the information for Twickenham leasehold premises is £380. For Twickenham conveyancing sales it is usual for the seller to cover the charges. The freeholder or their agents are not duty bound to address such questions although many will agree to do so - albeit often at high prices disproportionate to the work involved. Unfortunately there is no legislation that requires set charges for administrative tasks. Nor is there any set time limit by which they are duty bound to supply answers.