I am helping my step-mother sell her flat in Becontree Heath. Does the conveyancing solicitor arrange the energy performance certificate or it is for the owner to see to?
Following the abolition of Home Packs, energy assessments was retained a mandatory element of selling a house. An EPC should be to hand in advance of the property being placed on the market. This is not a task that solicitors ordinarily arrange. If you are using a Becontree Heath conveyancing lawyer they may be willing to arrange EPC’s given their relationships with long established Becontree Heath assessors
My wife and I are in the throws of viewing apartments in Becontree Heath and I am now considering a potential offer. Should I already have a property lawyer in place at this stage? I will be getting a mortgage with Coventry BS.
It would be advisable to instigate your search sooner rather than later. Once you decide who you want to use and once your offer is accepted you can instruct them to work for you and pass their details on to the selling agent. As you are getting a mortgage with Coventry BS, make sure you remember to check that your lawyer is on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat in Becontree Heath. I have a mortgage agreed with Lloyds. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should use one. Any advice?
It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with Lloyds, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Lloyds conveyancing panel.
My relative recommended that where I am purchasing in Becontree Heath I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?
This is a search is usually quoted for as part of the standard Becontree Heath conveyancing searches. It is not a small report of about 40 pages, listing and setting out important information about Becontree Heath around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the local Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the demographics of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Local Education with maps and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful information regarding Becontree Heath.
Me and my brother purchased a 4 bedroom Georgian house in Becontree Heath. Conveyancing solicitor represented me and Bank of Scotland. I did a free Land Registry search last week and I saw two entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold under the exact same property. I thought I was buying a freehold how can I check?
You should read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register for mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered proprietor of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Becontree Heath and other areas of 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 mortgage companies. You can also check the situation with the conveyancing lawyer who completed the work.
I decided to have a survey done on a property in Becontree Heath ahead of instructing solicitors. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold overhang to the property. The surveyor advised that some banks may refuse to give a loan on such a property.
It depends who your proposed lender is. Lloyds has different instructions for example to Nationwide. Should you wish to call us we can check via the appropriate bank. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Becontree Heath. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Becontree Heath especially if they are familiar with such properties in Becontree Heath.
I am looking into buying my first house which is in Becontree Heath and I am already nervous. I couldn't find anything specific about Becontree Heath. Conveyancing will be needed in due course but do you know about the Becontree Heath area? or perhaps some other tips you can share?
Rather than looking online forget looking online you should go and have a look at Becontree Heath. In the meantime here are some basic statistics that we found
Last January I purchased a leasehold property in Becontree Heath. Do I have any liability for service charges relating to a period prior to my ownership?
In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
I am the registered owner of a a ground floor purpose built flat in Becontree Heath. In the absence of agreement between myself and the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the sum due for a lease extension?
Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Becontree Heath conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension case for a Becontree Heath premises is 49 Aldborough Road South in July 2012. The Tribunal decided that the premium payable for the grant of the new lease was £13,925 This case related to 1 flat. The remaining number of years on the lease was 61.36 years.