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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in West Sussex

Why would I appoint a West Sussex conveyancing company given that national alternatives are less expensive?

By all means make sure that you scrutinise conveyancing costs in West Sussex and you should seek an affordable estimate but don’t waste your energy getting the lowest priced West Sussex conveyancer. Locating the right conveyancer can be the difference between a smooth and a frustrating house move. It is important that you ensure that you have expert advice from a trusted solicitor. An e-mail can never replace a telephone conversation and are no substitute for a one to one consultation. Our partner firms will find you a qualified and trusted conveyancing solicitor who can handle your conveyancing from beginning to end, giving the sort of continuity that you will never get with an online conveyancer. He or She will update you as to progress making sure that you are ensuring that you are updated at regular intervals. If you ever need to contact the firm you will know who to ask for and they will be sure you are kept fully informed.

My colleague suggested that where I am purchasing in West Sussex I should ask my conveyancer to execute a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?

This is a search is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard West Sussex conveyancing searches. It is a large document of more than thirty pages, listing and detailing important information about West Sussex around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the West Sussex Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the demographics of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, West Sussex Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about West Sussex.

The estate agent has sent us the confirmation of our purchase of a new build apartment in West Sussex. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build legal work.

Set out below are examples of a few leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in West Sussex

    Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease.

I wish to sublet my leasehold flat in West Sussex. Conveyancing solicitor who did the purchase is retired - so can't ask her. Do I need to ask my freeholder for their consent?

A small minority of properties in West Sussex do contain a provision to say that subletting is only permitted with prior consent from the landlord. The landlord is not entitled to unreasonably withhold but, in such cases, they would need to review references. Experience suggests that problems are usually caused by unsatisfactory tenants rather than owner-occupiers and for that reason you can expect the freeholder to take up the references and consider them carefully before granting consent.

Leasehold Conveyancing in West Sussex - Sample of Questions you should consider before Purchasing

    Its a good idea to discover as much as you can regarding the company managing the building as they will either make your life much simpler or a lot more difficult. Being a leasehold owner you are frequently in the clutches of the managing agents both financially and when it comes to practical matters such as the tidiness of the common parts. Don't be shy to ask prospective neighbours what they think of them. Finally, be sure you know the dates that you are obliged pay the service charge to the appropriate party and precisely how they are spending that money. What is the service charge and ground rent on the apartment? This information is useful as a) areas could cause problems in the building as the common areas may begin to deteriorate where services remain unpaid b) if the tenants have an issue with the running of the building you will want to know about it

Would local authority permission be required to convert a house into a couple of appartments in West Sussex? This has been done to a property next door to my home in West Sussex and was unaware of the conversion until it was finished.

Planning Consent yes. Building Reg Approval yes.

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