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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Uckfield

Last February we completed a house move in Uckfield. We have noticed several issues with the property which we believe were missed in the conveyancing searches. Do we have any recourse? Can you clarify the type of searches that needed to have been ordered for conveyancing in Uckfield?

It is not clear from the question as to the nature of the problems and if they are unique to conveyancing in Uckfield. Conveyancing searches and due diligence initiated as part of the buying process are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the process, a seller completes a form referred to as a Seller’s Property Information Form. If the information turns out to be misleading, then you may have a claim against the seller for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in Uckfield.

Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to our house are lost. The lawyers who conducted the conveyancing in Uckfield 10 years ago are no longer around. What are my options?

In today’s world there are duplicates made of almost everything, and your conveyancer should know precisely where to look for all the suitable paperwork so you can buy or dispose of your property without any difficulty. If copies are not available, your conveyancer can put in place insurance or indemnities protecting you against possible claims on your property.

How does conveyancing in Uckfield differ for new build properties?

Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Uckfield approach us having been asked by the developer to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is constructed. This is because builders in Uckfield tend to purchase the land, 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 accustomed to new build conveyancing in Uckfield or who has acted in the same development.

Is it best to choose a Uckfield conveyancing practitioner who is local to the property I am buying? An old friend can handle the legal work but his firm is located approximately 350kilometers drive away.

The primary upside of using a local Uckfield conveyancing firm is that you can drop in to sign documents, hand in your ID and pester them if necessary. They will also have local knowledge which is a plus. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will pull out all the stops for you. If other friends have instructed your friend and the majority were impressed that must outweigh using an unknown Uckfield conveyancing lawyer solely due to them being local.

Having had my offer accepted I require leasehold conveyancing in Uckfield. Before I get started I require certainty as to the number of years remaining on the lease.

If the lease is recorded at the land registry - and most are in Uckfield - then the leasehold title will always include the basic details of the lease, namely the date; the term; and the original parties. From a conveyancing perspective such details then enable any prospective buyer and lender to confirm that any lease they are looking at is the one relevant to that title. For any other purpose, such as confirming how long the term was granted for and calculating what is left, then the register should be sufficient on it's own.

I purchased a leasehold flat in Uckfield, conveyancing was carried out in 2011. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Similar flats in Uckfield with a long lease are worth £175,000. The ground rent is £65 per annum. The lease runs out on 21st October 2080

With only 58 years remaining on your lease we estimate the premium for your lease extension to be between £21,900 and £25,200 plus professional fees.

The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we are not able to provide the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive investigations. You should not use the figures in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other issues that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not move forward placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

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