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5 reasons to let us help you choose a high street conveyancing solicitor in Alfriston

  • 1 Alfriston solicitors are likely to acquainted with the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and selling agents
  • 2 Solicitors accustomed to conveyancing in Alfriston regularly deal withlocal concerns specific to Alfriston and therefore you may benefit from better guidance and speedier conveyancing.
  • 3 Alfriston solicitor are the linchpin to a successful Alfriston home move, keeping the process under control. They are on your side throughout, offering dedicated advice for the duration of your transaction
  • 4 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these organisations are often based many kilometers away with limited understanding of the factors that affect property transactions in Alfriston
  • 5 Over the years Alfriston lawyer have established valuable connections with Alfriston local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and house builders enabling them to liaise at speed with all concerned in the process of dealing with your house sale or purchase in Alfriston.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Alfriston since January 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Alfriston

My husband and I are planning to purchase a house in Alfriston and are in fact using a Alfriston conveyancing firm. Within the past 48 hours our solicitor has forwarded the sale agreement to be signed with a detailed report with the expectation that exchange is imminent. Nationwide Building Society have this evening contacted us to inform me that they have now hit a problem as our Alfriston solicitor is not on their conveyancing panel. Please explain?

If you are buying a property needing a mortgage it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also represent the purchaser's lender. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyer should contact your bank and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own solicitors to act. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the lender’s conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Alfriston solicitors, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it may delay matters as you have another set of people involved.

My son is in the process of securing a newly built flat in Alfriston with a mortgage from Bank of Ireland. His conveyancer has advised him of a delay in receiving the ‘Disclosure of Incentive Form’. What is this document - I have never come across this before?

The form is intended to provide information to the main parties involved in the purchase. Therefore, it will be provided to your son’s lawyer who should be on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel as a standard part of the process, and to the valuer when requested. The developer will be required to start the process by downloading the form and completing it. The form will therefore need to be available for the valuer at the time of his or her site visit. The form should be sent to the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel solicitor as early as possible, in order to avoid any last minute delays, and no later than at exchange of contracts.

The formalities of my purchase has taken place for my property in Alfriston. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about the lender. How does one go about formally complaining?

Most lenders have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Care Team at head office. We understand that complaints to a lender are resolved effectively and efficiently. If you feel the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service, South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR who will take matters further.

I can not fathom if my bank requires a lease extension. I have called into my local Alfriston bank branch on numerous occasions and was told it does not impact the mortgage offer and they would lend. My Alfriston conveyancing solicitor - who is on the mortgage company conveyancing panel- called to say that they refuse to lend in accordance with their specific requirements. Who do I believe?

Provided that the solicitor is on the lender panel, she or he must comply with the CML Handbook requirements for the bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the lender will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the lender to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years remaining.

After shopping around on the internet I have found a Alfriston conveyancer having checked that they are on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel. Does my lawyer arrange the survey of the property?

Virgin Money will need an independent valuation of the property. Your lawyer will not arrange this. Usually Virgin Money will appoint their own surveyor to do this, and you will have to pay for it. Remember that this is a valuation for mortgage purposes and not a survey. Your lawyer will not organise the survey but they may be able to put you in touch with a local one that they recommend. RICS offers a find a surveyor service (just google it) where you can search for a qualified surveyor by your Alfriston postcode. As you are getting a mortgage with Virgin Money, you could contact them to see if they have a list of approved surveyors in Alfriston.

Will our lawyer be raising questions regarding flooding as part of the conveyancing in Alfriston.

Flooding is a growing risk for conveyancers carrying out conveyancing in Alfriston. Some people will acquire a property in Alfriston, completely aware that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical damage, if a house is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, adequate insurance cover, or dispose of the premises. Steps can be carried out during the course of a house purchase to forewarn the purchaser.

Conveyancers are not qualified to offer advice on flood risk, but there are a number of searches that can be undertaken by the purchaser or by their solicitors which should figure out the risks in Alfriston. The standard completed inquiry forms supplied to a buyer’s lawyer (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) includes a standard inquiry of the seller to determine whether the premises has suffered from flooding. If the residence has been flooded in past which is not revealed by the seller, then a buyer could issue a legal claim for losses resulting from an misleading reply. A purchaser’s solicitors may also carry out an enviro report. This should disclose whether there is any known flood risk. If so, additional investigations should be conducted.

Due to the advice of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a property in Alfriston ahead of retaining lawyers. I have been told that there is a flying freehold aspect to the house. Our surveyor advised that some mortgage companies may not grant a loan on such a premises.

It depends who your proposed lender is. Bank of Scotland has different requirements for example to Nationwide. Should you wish to telephone us we can investigate further via the relevant bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Alfriston. Conveyancing may be slightly more expensive based on your lender's requirements.

My husband and I are first time buyers - agreed a price, but the selling agent has warned us that the vendor will only go ahead if we appoint their preferred solicitors as they need a ‘quick sale’. We would rather use a high street conveyancer used to conveyancing in Alfriston

We suspect that the seller is unaware of this request. Should the seller want ‘a quick sale', taking such a hostile approach to a genuine purchaser is is going to put the whole deal at risk. Contact the owners directly and make the point that (a)you are motivated buyers (b)you are excited to move forward, with mortgage lined up © you do not need to sell (d) you wish to move quickly (e)but you are going to appoint your preferred Alfriston conveyancing solicitors - not the ones that will give their estate agent a introducer fee or achieve conveyancing thresholds set by head office.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Alfriston regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Alfriston but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Lycett Conveyancing Solicitors, P O Box 102, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3FS
  • Gaby Hardwicke, 33 The Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3YD
  • Daltons Solicitors, 16 The Avenue, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3YD
  • Rodney Warren And Co Ltd, 26 Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4RW
  • Barwells Legal Limited, 6 Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4PN

Residential Licensed Conveyancers in Alfriston regulated by the CLC

Please note that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Alfriston but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Hobson & Latham Limited, 47 Gildredge Road, BN21 4RY

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Alfriston?

Licensed Conveyancers deal with the transfer of ownership of a property from one person to another and cover conveyancing nationwide as well as Alfriston. If appointed a Licensed Conveyancer governed by the CLC, you should:
  • Enjoy the benefit of an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Receive a high standard of legal services.
  • Receive your matters dealt with using care, skill and legal know-how.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a high standard of service due to your conveyancer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a service which is accessible and responsive to your individual needs.
  • You should not consider yourself discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • To receive the standard you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Have your specific needs taken into account should you make a complaint.
  • Receive a swift, objective and comprehensive service when making a complaint about your conveyancing in Alfriston about your conveyancing in Alfriston.

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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