We are due to exchange on the purchase of a house in Colchester but as a result of damage from the recent storms I have was able negotiate compensation from the vendor of £2k taking the form of a reduction in the price. This was going to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process but Skipton will not agree to this. Why were they involved?
The solicitor that is on the Skipton conveyancing panel is obliged to disclose to Skipton of any amendments to the sale price. If you prohibit your conveyancer to notify the reduction to Skipton then they would have to discontinue acting for you. In addition, Skipton and you would have to appoint a new solicitor for your conveyancing in Colchester.
Is it the case that all Colchester CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) solicitors are on the Kent Reliance conveyancing list of approved solicitors?
Some major banks and building societies now make use of the accreditation scheme as the starting point for Panel approval such as HSBC and Santander. The Law Society’s CQS membership however is no guarantee to lender panel acceptance. Nevertheless,the CML have indicated that it is likely to become a pre-requisite for firms wishing to join their approved list of conveyancing solicitors.
Is it the case that all Colchester solicitor practices on the HSBC conveyancing panel are regulated by the SRA?
As solicitors, in order to be on the HSBC approved list of solicitors they would need to be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. The majority of lenders do list licenced conveyancers on their panel in which case such organisation would be governed by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
We have a mortgage agreed in principle with Clydesdale. Colchester conveyancing lawyers were appointed. How long does it take for Clydesdale to issue the offer to the property lawyer?
Some lenders take longer than others. Have Clydesdale completed the survey? Have you informed Clydesdale as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Clydesdale conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through.
We are planning on selling our home in Colchester and according to the buyers it appears that there is a risk of it being built land that was not decontaminated. Any high street Colchester lawyer would know that there is no such problem. For the life of me I don't know why the purchasers used a nationwide conveyancing outfit rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Colchester. Having lived in Colchester for 4 years we know of no issue. Do we contact our local Authority to seek clarification that there is no issue.
It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. What do they say? You must check with your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out life insurance to cover that same ailment)
In what way can the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 impact my business property in Colchester and how can you help?
The 1954 Act gives a safeguard to commercial tenants, giving them the a statutory right to make a request to court for a continuation of occupancy at the end of the lease term. There are limited grounds where a landlord can refuse a lease renewal and the rules are complex. Fees are different for commercial conveyancing. Colchester is one of the numerous locations in which our lawyers are located
My father-in-law has urged me to instruct his conveyancers in Colchester. Should I choose my own conveyancer?
There are no two ways about it it’s preferable to select a conveyancing solicitor is to get recommendations from friends or family who have used the firm you're contemplating using.
I note that you have a search directory identifying firms on the bank conveyancing panel. Do Colchester conveyancing firms pay you a referral fee if I instruct them for my conveyancing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the mortgage company conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to the any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Colchester.