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Conveyancing in Bishop Auckland : Keep it Local

Reasons to use our Bishop Auckland conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Low cost packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these firms are often located many miles away with limited understanding of the factors that impact property transactions in Bishop Auckland
  • 2 Bishop Auckland solicitors work in partnership with Bishop Auckland estate agents, property finders, surveyors, lenders and other professionals to make sure that a quality service is provided to home movers every step of the way, to ensure you’re kept up to date with progress all the way along
  • 3 The Bishop Auckland conveyancing practitioners that we work with are committed to providing value for money, efficient and transparent conveyancing service to purchasers, sellers and remortgagors in Bishop Auckland
  • 4 Bishop Auckland conveyancers have a significant advantage when it comes to Bishop Auckland conveyancing as they have important local knowledge of local authority requirements, planning policies and other issues that can impact your conveyancing
  • 5 No matter what any other companies say it just might be important to attend your solicitor to execute contracts. There are enough parties engaged in a homemove without having to include the postman into the equation.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Bishop Auckland since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Bishop Auckland

Is it realistic for conveyancing in Bishop Auckland to be concluded in 3 weeks?

In the event that the seller is applying a tight deadline to complete it is highly recommended that your lawyer is familiar with the area as they will make use of local contacts and knowledge. It is even conceivable that they could have transacted previousproperties in the same road. Therefore consider using a Bishop Auckland conveyancing solicitor. Second, double check that the lawyer is on the on the approved list for your mortgage company. It is understood that 18% of Bishop Auckland conveyancing deals are held up or jeopardised after finding out that a purchaser’s solicitor was not on their mortgage lender’s member panel. This can often result in the legal transfer of property being frustrated by almost three weeks. It is estimated that this issue impacts in the region of 100,000 home moves annually. Most Bishop Auckland conveyancing practices can not represent certain lenders so do check as early as possible.

My wife and I buying a victorian detached house in Bishop Auckland. Our aim is to carry out a loft conversion at the property.Will the conveyancing process include investigations to determine if these works are allowed?

Your property lawyer should check the registered title as conveyancing in Bishop Auckland can on occasion identify restrictions in the title deeds which prevent certain works or need the consent of another owner. Many additions need local authority planning consent and approval in compliance with building regulations. Certain areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which frequently prevent or affect extensions. It would be prudent to check these issues with a surveyor ahead of any purchase.

Is it the case that all Bishop Auckland solicitor firms on the TSB conveyancing panel are regulated by the SRA?

As solicitors, in order to be on the TSB conveyancing panel they would need to be regulated by the SRA. Some mortgage companies do allow licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such organisation would be overseen by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.

We had selected solicitors with offices in Bishop Auckland on the Bank of Ireland solicitor approved list. They are now charging me a further amount for dealing with the Bank of Ireland mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee specified by Bank of Ireland?

As unfair as it may appear, as long as it’s in their Terms of Engagement or estimate then yes your solicitor can charge a fee for this. The charge is not set by Bank of Ireland but by your Bishop Auckland lawyer. Numerous firms on the Bank of Ireland panel will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.

I'm buying my first flat in Bishop Auckland with a mortgage from Santander. The builders would not reduce the amount so I negotiated £7000 of extras instead. The estate agent told me not to tell my solicitor about the side-deal as it may affect my mortgage with the lender. Do I keep my lawyer in the dark?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

I opted to have a survey completed on a house in Bishop Auckland before retaining solicitors. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold element to the house. My surveyor has said that some banks will refuse to issue a mortgage on this type of home.

It varies from the lender to lender. HSBC has different requirements from Halifax. If you contact us we can check via the appropriate mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can assist as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Bishop Auckland. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Bishop Auckland especially if they are familiar with such properties in Bishop Auckland.

What is different about your site and alternative internet conveyancing brokers when it comes to conveyancing in Bishop Auckland?

At this site obtain a conveyancing quote via a Solicitor or Licensed Conveyancer that understands the issues of your conveyancing in Bishop Auckland. Unlike many estate agents and many comparison sites we are not in the business of charging firms a fee if you instruct them for your home move in Bishop Auckland

I am tempted by the attractive purchase price for a two apartments in Bishop Auckland both have in the region of fifty years remaining on the lease term. should I be concerned?

There are plenty of short leases in Bishop Auckland. The lease is a right to use the premises for a period of time. As a lease shortens the saleability of the lease deteriorates and results in it becoming more expensive to acquire a lease extension. For this reason it is often a good idea to extend the lease term. Sometimes it is difficult to sell a property with a short lease because mortgage lenders less inclined to grant a loan on such properties. Lease enfranchisement can be a protracted process. We recommend you get professional assistance from a solicitor and surveyor with experience in this area.

I inherited a studio flat in Bishop Auckland, conveyancing formalities finalised half a dozen years ago. Can you give me give me an indication of the likely cost of a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Bishop Auckland with a long lease are worth £197,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 per annum. The lease expires on 21st October 2079

With 55 years remaining on your lease the likely cost is going to be between £31,400 and £36,200 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.

The figure above a general guide to costs for renewing a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of comprehensive due diligence. Do not use this information in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt other concerns that need to be taken into account and you obviously should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward placing reliance on this information without first seeking the advice of a professional.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Bishop Auckland

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bishop Auckland specialising in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This may include advice on Rent Act Protected, Assured and Assured Shorthold tenancies

  • Smith Roddam, 56 North Bondgate, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7PG
  • The Barrington Law Partnership, Barrington Chambers, Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7JH
  • Hewitts, 207 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7EL
  • Meikles Solicitors Llp, 2 Clyde Terrace, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 7SE
  • Evans & Co, 33 Cheapside, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6QF

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Bishop Auckland regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Bishop Auckland specialising in commercial conveyancing in Bishop Auckland. This will likely include advice on buying and selling small and large scale commercial property and agricultural land
  • Smith Roddam, 56 North Bondgate, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7PG
  • The Barrington Law Partnership, Barrington Chambers, Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7JH
  • Hewitts, 207 Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7EL
  • Evans & Co, 33 Cheapside, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6QF

Planning law solicitors in Bishop Auckland regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Bishop Auckland specialising in planning law. This may include advice on compulsory purchases in Bishop Auckland
  • The Barrington Law Partnership, Barrington Chambers, Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7JH

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

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