It has come to my attention via my estate agent that my Ashbourne property lawyer is not on the lender Solicitor panel. How can I be sure whether this is correct?
Your first step should be to call your Ashbourne conveyancer. You lawyer should inform you what has happened. If they are not on the panel they could put your in touch with solicitors on the approved list of lawyers for your bank.
We see that you have a search directory identifying firms on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel. Do companies pay you a commission if I retain them for our own conveyancing in Ashbourne?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Ashbourne.
Are the BSA intent on creating a search tool with a view to to identify firms on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel for example in Ashbourne?
We would not expect to be advised of any intention on the part of the BSA to develop such a tool.
Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up during conveyancing in Ashbourne?
Restrictive covenants can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in Ashbourne. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’
Over the last few months I have been searching for a leasehold apartment up to £245,000 and identified one near me in Ashbourne I like with a park and station nearby, however it only has 52 remaining years left on the lease. I can't really find anything else in Ashbourne suitable, so just wondered if I would be making a mistake buying a short lease?
If you need a mortgage the shortness of the lease will be problematic. Reduce the offer by the amount the lease extension will cost if not already taken into account. If the existing owner has owned the property for at least 2 years you could request that they commence the lease extension formalities and pass it to you. An additional ninety years can be extended on to the current lease with a zero ground rent applied. You should speak to your conveyancing lawyer regarding this.
My partner has suggested that I appoint his lawyers for conveyancing in Ashbourne. Do I follow his recommendation?
No doubt it’s preferable to select a conveyancing solicitor is to have referrals from friends or family who have experience in using the solicitor that you are contemplating using.