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Bideford Conveyancing Statistics*

  • 1 Average time from start to completion was 78 days for conveyancing in Bideford
  • 2 Average Land Registry Fee for this year to date was £270
  • 3 Percentage of cases in Bideford that are buy to let is 18%
  • 4 Average time frame of 50 days for registration of title in Bideford
  • 5 95% freehold and 5% leasehold conveyancing in Bideford for this year to date

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bideford since September 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bideford

Is the fact that my conveyancer in Bideford is not on my mortgage company's solicitor panel that there is a problem with the standard of the firm’s work?

That would more than likely be a wrong assumption to make. There are plenty of reasonable explanations. A recent report by the solicitors regulator revealed that over three quarters of law firms surveyed had been removed from at least one lender panel. The top 5 reasons are as follows: (1) low volume of transactions (2) the lawyer is a sole practitioner (3) as part of the HSBC panel reduction (4) regulatory contact by SRA (5) accidental removal. Where you are concerned you should simply call the Bideford conveyancing practice and ask them why they are no longer on the approved list for your bank.

I am about to put a bid on a leasehold apartment in Bideford. The estate agents advise that it is the norm for flats in Bideford to have less than 75 years remaining. I am getting a mortgage with The Mortgage Works. Will the property be mortgageable given that the lease has Seventy One years left.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. The Mortgage Works have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 3/12/2021 the requirements read as follows :

Minimum unexpired lease term is 70 years with 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term.
Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 70 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 70 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Originations):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Originations (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to 5 years
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI

Refer to Originations (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Originations):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years

If you had a top tip for selecting a conveyancing solicitor in Bideford what would it be?

Do not opt for the cheapest Bideford conveyancing quote. You really do get what you’re paying for when it comes to property lawyers. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you go into the conveyancing with your eyes wide open.

We are planning to move house in February. Does my conveyancing solicitor update the removal company on the completion day. On a separate note, can you suggest a removal company in Bideford. Conveyancing lawyer was found before I stumbled across your website.

On the afternoon of completion you can pick up the keys from your selling agent however this can only happen once the sellers lawyers inform the agent that they have the completion monies and the keys can be collected. After that you can tell the removal company that they can start moving you in. We are not in a position to suggest a specific removal company but can help you choose a conveyancing in Bideford or a firm with expertise in conveyancing in Bideford.

I recently had an offer accepted on a house in Bideford. My financial adviser suggested a property lawyer. I paid an advanced payment of £150. Not long after, the property lawyer contacted me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the UBS conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?

You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the UBS panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a property I put an offer in two weeks back in what should have been a quick, chain free conveyancing. Bideford is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Bideford are unusual but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Bideford you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Bideford may determine that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold residence.

Are there any apps to assist me to locate a Bideford law firm on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel? I drive a motor bike and am happy to travel upto 10kilometers to meet the conveyancer.

Feel free to make use of the tool on this website. Please choose the bank and your location and you will see a number of Bideford conveyancing lawyers locally. We have listed some Bideford conveyancing firms towards the end of this page and you can ring them to check whether they are on the Virgin Money panel

Last June I purchased a leasehold flat in Bideford. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before my ownership?

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. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. A critical element 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 inherited a garden flat in Bideford, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. Can you let me have an estimate of the premium that my landlord can legally expect in return for granting a renewal of my lease? Equivalent properties in Bideford with an extended lease are worth £265,000. The ground rent is £50 invoiced annually. The lease terminates on 21st October 2097

With just 76 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to span between £8,600 and £9,800 as well as costs.

The figure above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we are not able to supply a more accurate figure in the absence of comprehensive due diligence. You should not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There may be other concerns that need to be taken into account and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Bideford regulated by the SRA

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

  • Seldons Llp, 18 The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2HF

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bideford regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bideford specialising in commercial conveyancing in Bideford. This may include advice on complex issues under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1954
  • Seldons Llp, 18 The Quay, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2HF

Typically, Bideford conveyancing for a purchase has some of the following tasks

  • Taking instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Checking the title unregistered or registered
  • Ordering Bideford searches with respect to the property
  • Assessing draft sale agreement and other papers collated by the seller’s conveyancer
  • Raising queries with the vendor’s conveyancer
  • Negotiating the purchase agreement
  • Assessing replies supplied by the vendor to pre-contract enquiries
  • Negotiating the Transfer Deed for completion
  • Guiding the purchasing in respect of the loan offer: (if appropriate)
  • Preparing and sending the purchaser a report on title (that is; reporting to the buyer on the contents of the contract pack, preliminary enquiries and the result of the searches)
  • Carrying out the key stage of exchanging contracts and then completion formalities
  • Completing and submitting to HMRC the correct Land Tax forms and payment
  • Dealing with the registration formalities for the new ownership and the mortgage (if applicable) at the HM Land Registry.

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

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