I am need of leasehold conveyancing for a flat in a fairly new development (seven years built) in Alford. Almost all the appartments are already occupied. Is it strictly necessary to order conveyancing searches for my conveyancing in Alford?
Where you are obtaining a loan, your lender will need some (many) of the searches so you'll have no choice. If not, then Alford conveyancing searches are optional. No doubt your conveyancer, will ’encourage’, perhaps in the strongest possible terms, that you should not go ahead without searches, but he or she has a professional duty to do this. One thing to bear in mind; if you are likely to sell the house one day, it may be of interest to your future buyer what the searches contain. Sometimes houses with no practical issues can still throw up adverse search results. But if you choose to instruct your lawyer to proceed without searches then your lawyer will have to follow your instructions or you will need to switch to another solicitor for your conveyancing in Alford.
I am the registered owner of a freehold premises in Alford but nevertheless charged rent, why is this and what is this?
It’s unusual for properties in Alford and has limited impact for conveyancing in Alford but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.
Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of fresh rentcharges post 1977.
Old rentcharges can now be redeemed by making a one off payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 will be dispensed with completely.
The Alford conveyancing firm that I recently instructed on my purchase in Alford have without warning closed. I chose them because I had to have a solicitor on the Co-operative conveyancing panel and my preferred Alford lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take one hundred and fifty pounds for searches. What do I do now?
If you have an estate agent involved then inform them straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Co-operative conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors should be in a position to assist.
My solicitor has informed me that breach of easement insurance is needed on my purchase. What is the level of cover for Alford conveyancing?
The appropriate level of breach of easement indemnity insurance depends on your lender. It would differ for example between Halifax and Leeds Building Society. Conveyancing practitioners as opposed to borrowers take out such policies.
Can you point me to a directory of Lloyds panel solicitors in Alford on the Council of Mortgage Lender’s Website?
Unfortunately not yet. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association sites. A small selection of mortgage companies make their panel listings open the public over the internet. Where you are looking for a Alford conveyancer on the Lloyds please make the most of our tool.
We previously appointed conveyancers located in Alford on the Leeds Building Society solicitor approved list. They are now charging me a further amount for handling the Leeds Building Society mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Leeds Building Society?
Unfortunately, as long as it is in their Terms and Conditions or estimate then yes your solicitor can charge a fee for this. The charge is not dictated by Leeds Building Society but by your Alford conveyancer. Numerous firms on the Leeds Building Society panel will quote an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.
I'm remortgaging my primary house to a buy to let mortgage with The Mortgage Works and I will use the ballance of the raised equity as a down payment on further property. The location we are talking about is Alford. Will your lawyers be able to act for the two lenders and tie in the two deals?
Make use of our comparison tool on this page to ensure that the conveyancers are on the appropriate lender panels. On the basis that they are the conveyancer will be able to simultaneously deal with the two conveyancing matters but you should have a chat with you conveyancer and specify your expectations and requirements.
What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Alford conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Alford conveyancing firm) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We recommend that you speak with several firms including non Alford conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions could be useful:
What volume of lease extensions have they carried out in Alford in the last 12 months?
Alford Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Examples of Questions you should ask Prior to Purchasing
The prefered form of lease arrangement is where the freehold reversion is owned by the leaseholders. In this scenario the tenants enjoy control and even though a managing agent is often employed if the building is bigger than a house conversion, the managing agent acts for the leaseholders themselves. Are there any major works anticipated that will likely increase the maintenance fees? How many years remain on the lease?