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Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Winchelsea

I am close to exchanging contracts on the sale of our home in Winchelsea and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being built land that was not decontaminated. A local conveyancer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the buyers instructed a nationwide conveyancing outfit as opposed to a conveyancing solicitor in Winchelsea. We have lived in Winchelsea for 4 years we know that this is a non issue. Is it a good idea to get in touch with our local Authority to seek clarification that there is no issue.

It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. Are they able to advise? You should check with 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 illness)

I have a terraced Edwardian property in Winchelsea. Conveyancing practitioner acted for me and Yorkshire Building Society. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and I saw a couple of entries: one for freehold, the second leasehold under the matching address. If a house is not a freehold shouldn't I have been informed?

You need to read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Winchelsea and other locations in the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with lenders. You can also question the position with the conveyancing practitioner who conducted the purchase.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I put an offer in last month in what was supposed to be a quick, no chain conveyancing. Winchelsea is the location of the property. What do you suggest?

Flying freeholds in Winchelsea are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Winchelsea you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds very carefully. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Winchelsea may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold premises.

What does commercial conveyancing in Winchelsea cover?

Winchelsea conveyancing for business premises incorporates a wide range of advice, offered by qualified solicitors, relating to business property. By way of example, this area of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more usually, the assignment of existing business tenancies or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial loans and the termination of tenancies.

I am considering instructing a web based conveyancing practitioner ahead of a Winchelsea conveyancing practice. Should I ‘stay local’?

Advantages do exist in being able to attend a local Winchelsea conveyancing solicitor such as

  • signing documents on short notice
  • sometimes being able to speak to someone face-to-face can make a huge difference, particularly for more complex conveyancing
  • the ability to raise concerns if matters need to addressed

When checking quotes, look carefully for hidden extras. Most decent Winchelsea high street solicitors give an all-inclusive figure. Often online companies seem to offer discounted fees, but have hidden 'extras' in the small print.

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