Am I correct in assuming that the fact that my conveyancer in Witney is not on my bank's solicitor panel that there is a problem with the quality of the firm’s work?
That would more than likely be a wrong assumption to make. There are plenty of plausible explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator indicated 76% of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The most common reasons for removal are: (1) lack of transactions (2) the solicitor is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Should you be concerned you should contact the Witney conveyancing firm and enquire why they are no longer on the approved list for your bank.
How does conveyancing in Witney differ for newly converted properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Witney come to us having been asked by the developer to exchange contracts and commit to the purchase even before the property is finished. This is because builders in Witney tend to purchase the site, 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 property lawyers 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 used to new build conveyancing in Witney or who has acted in the same development.
How can the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 affect my business offices in Witney and how can your lawyers assist?
The 1954 Act affords a safeguard to commercial lessees, giving them the right to apply to court for a continuation of occupancy at the end of an expired lease. There are limited grounds that a landlord can refuse a lease renewal and the rules are involved. Fees are different for commercial conveyancing. Witney is one of our numerous areas of the UK in which the firms we work with are based
I am looking for a conveyancing practitioner in Witney for my purchase. Can I review a firm’s record with the profession’s regulator?
You can find presented Solicitor Regulator Association (SRA) decisions stemming from inquisitions started on or after Jan 2008. Go to Check a solicitor's record. For information Pre 2008, or to check a firm's history, call 0870 606 2555, 08.00 - 18.00 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 09.30 - 18.00 Tuesday. For non-uk callers, call +44 (0)121 329 6800. The SRA could recorded call for training purposes.
Do I stop the direct debit for my mortgage with Leeds Building Society once a completion date for my sale in Witney has been set?
No, you must maintain paying any mortgage sums to Leeds Building Society pending the mortgage being discharged out of the proceeds of sale as part of your Witney conveyancing.