It is a dozen years since I bought my property in West Kirby. Conveyancing solicitors have now been appointed on the sale but I am unable to track down my title documents. Will this jeopardise the sale?
You need not be too concerned. Firstly the deeds may be retained by your mortgage company or they could still be with the solicitor who handled the purchase. Secondly the likelihood is that the title will be recorded at the land registry and you will be able to establish that you own the property by your conveyancing solicitors acquiring up to date copy of the land registers. Most conveyancing in West Kirby relates to registered property but in the unlikely event that your property is unregistered it adds to the complexity but is resolvable.
My wife and I are selling our house in West Kirby and according to the buyers it appears that there is a risk of it being constructed land that was not decontaminated. A high street West Kirby lawyer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the purchasers instructed a web based conveyancing firm as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in West Kirby. Having lived in West Kirby for three years we know that this is a non issue. Do we contact our local Authority to seek clarification that there is no issue.
It would appear that you have a conveyancing lawyer currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You should enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same ailment)
I used Action Conveyancing several years past for my conveyancing in West Kirby. I now require my papers but cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?
You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in West Kirby of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously instructed, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
I am a negotiator for a busy estate agency in West Kirby where we see a number of flat sales derailed due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given contradictory information from local West Kirby conveyancing firms. Could you shed some light as to whether the owner of a flat can start the lease extension formalities for the buyer?
As long as the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to kick-start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. The benefit of this is that the buyer need not have to wait 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or simultaneously with completion of the sale.
An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.
West Kirby Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - A selection of Queries Prior to buying
What is the length of the lease? Are any of leasehold owners in dispute over their service charge payments?
My wife and I have recently appointed a conveyancing solicitor in West Kirby. I need to find out if they are on the bank's approved list of lawyers. Could you help?
One option is to contact your conveyancer and ask them if they are on the bank's panel. Alternatively please call us and we can make some checks for you. Should the firm not be on the bank panel we can certainly arrange a specialist conveyancing solicitor in West Kirby on the approved list for your lender.