Last November we completed a house move in Wilton. We have since encountered a number of issues with the property which we believe were missed in the conveyancing searches. Is there anything we can do? What searches should? have been ordered as part of conveyancing in Wilton?
It is not clear from the question as what problems have arisen and if they are relate to conveyancing in Wilton. Conveyancing searches and due diligence undertaken during the legal transfer of property are supposed to help avoid problems. As part of the process, the vendor answers a document called a Seller’s Property Information Form. If the information ends up being inaccurate, you may have a misrepresentation claim against the owner 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 Wilton.
I am in the process of remortgaging my house in Wilton, does my lawyer need to be on the Santander Solicitor panel?
There is nothing to stop you using your solicitor, but Santander will insist on their interests being represented by a firm on their conveyancing panel. There is greater potential for delays and confusion with an additional lawyer added to the mix, and it will undoubtedly be more expensive too.
Will my solicitor be making enquiries concerning flooding during the conveyancing in Wilton.
The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for conveyancers conducting conveyancing in Wilton. There are those who purchase a property in Wilton, completely aware that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, leaving to one side the physical destruction, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, adequate insurance cover, or sell the property. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the buyer.
Lawyers are not qualified to impart advice on flood risk, however there are a various searches that can be initiated by the purchaser or on a buyer’s behalf which will give them a better understanding of the risks in Wilton. The standard completed inquiry forms given to a purchaser’s lawyer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a standard inquiry of the owner to find out if the property has historically flooded. In the event that the premises has been flooded in past which is not revealed by the seller, then a buyer may bring a compensation claim resulting from an incorrect response. The purchaser’s lawyers should also order an environmental search. This will reveal if there is any known flood risk. If so, more detailed inquiries will need to be conducted.
Given that I am about to spend £400,000 on a garden flat in Wilton I would like to talk to a lawyer about myhouse move in advance of appointing the firm. Is this something that you can arrange?
We could not agree more - we would be pleased to talk to you we do not take any clients on without you speaking to the conveyancer due to be conducting your conveyancing in Wilton.There is no ‘factory style conveyancing’ - each client is unique person, not a matter number. The solicitors that we put you in touch with believe that the figure you are quoted for your conveyancing in Wilton should be the figure that you are charged.
My step-father has suggested that I appoint his lawyers for conveyancing in Wilton. Should I use them?
There are no two ways about it the ideal way to find a conveyancing lawyer is to have recommendations from friends or relatives who have experience in using the solicitor you're considering.