Me and my wife are acquiring property in Cleator. My property lawyer is not on the lender approved list. Is it possible for me to retain my Cleator conveyancing solicitor notwithstanding that they are not on the lender approved list?
You have a number of choices available to you here
- Complete the deal with your preferred Cleator lawyer but your bank will undoubtedly instruct a solicitor from their approved panel. This will result in additional cost and likely frustration.
- Appoint a new property lawyer to act in the purchase, ensuring that they are on the mortgage company conveyancing panel.
- Convince your property lawyer to pull out all the stops to get listed on the bank’s panel of solicitors
I am buying a house mortgage free in Cleator. I have lived for the last dozen years in Cleator. Conveyancing searches are expensive. As I know the area and road very well must I have all the conveyancing searches?
In the absence of a home loan, then the vast majority of the Cleator conveyancing searches are at your discretion. Your conveyancer will try and steer you, no-doubt strongly, that you should have searches completed, but he is duty bound to do this. One thing to consider; if you are going to sell the house one day, it will likely be be of importance to your future buyer what the searches reveal. Sometimes properties with functional issues can still throw up unpredicted search results. A good conveyancing solicitor in Cleator should provide you some helpful guidance here.
Am I right to be concerned about estate agents that I am dealing with are recommending a nationwide conveyancing firm as opposed to a High Street Cleator conveyancing company?
As is the case with lots of professional services, often referrals from family and friends can be extremely useful or valuable. Nevertheless there are numerous players in a conveyancing deal; estate agents, mortgage brokers and lenders might all recommend solicitors to instruct. Sometimes the lawyers might be known to one of the organisations as being good in their field, but occasionally there may be a commercial relationship behind the endorsement. You have the discretion to select your own conveyancer. You need to be aware that some mortgage providers operate an approved list of conveyancers you are obliged to use for the mortgage aspect of your house move.
My father-in-law has urged me to use his lawyers for conveyancing in Cleator. Should I choose my own conveyancer?
There are no two ways about it the best way to choose a conveyancing solicitor is to seek recommendations from friends or family who have actually experience in using the solicitor that you are considering.
I work for a reputable estate agent office in Cleator where we have experienced a number of leasehold sales put at risk due to short leases. I have received contradictory information from local Cleator conveyancing solicitors. Please can you clarify whether the vendor of a flat can start the lease extension formalities for the buyer?
As long as the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer need not have to wait 2 years to extend their lease. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment has to be done before, or simultaneously with completion of the sale.
An alternative approach is to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the purchaser.
I invested in buying a 1 bedroom flat in Cleator, conveyancing having been completed 7 years ago. Can you work out an approximate cost of a lease extension? Corresponding properties in Cleator with an extended lease are worth £207,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £60 charged once a year. The lease terminates on 21st October 2080
With only 57 years remaining on your lease we estimate the price of your lease extension to be between £28,500 and £33,000 plus legals.
The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you a more accurate figure without more comprehensive due diligence. Do not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be considered and you obviously want to be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Neither should you move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.
Me and my wife are disposing of a Cleator apartment we inherited 5 years ago in 2011. I have over a decades worth of conveyancing knowledge and, although retired, intend to conduct my own legal work. The buyer's conveyancer has informed me that their building society will not allow us to do our own conveyancing mandating that the funds to be sent to a solicitor's bank account.
Lending requirements to conveyancers from all mainstream lenders specify that If the seller is not legally represented the borrower's lawyers should check whether the bank needs to be informed so that a decision can be made as to whether or not they are prepared to progress.