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Top reasons to let us assist you select a high street conveyancing solicitor in Durham

  • 1 The hallmark of our conveyancing solicitors in Durham is quality not quantity. The level of service offered by conveyancing "factories" (sometimes 'recommended' by large estate agency chains) often falls short of the level of professionalism you will expect.
  • 2 You can gain comfort when you choose the very best, most recommended conveyancing solicitors. Durham has a number to choose from, but for a truly dependable and dependable service many local people have been use the endorsement of this site.
  • 3 Solicitors that specialise in conveyancing in Durham regularly deal withlocal issues peculiar to Durham and therefore you may benefit from better advice and speedier conveyancing.
  • 4 Using a local Solicitor on the whole means that you will receive a more personalised service. Sometimes when dealing with a large conveyancing firm, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who check what is happening on the file by determining whether the ‘computers says no’.
  • 5 Solicitor conveyancing solicitors have valuable personal links with Durham selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Durham since August 2021*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Durham

What does my ID and proof of funds have anything to do with my conveyancing in Durham? Why is this being asked of me?

Anti-terror and anti-money-laundering laws require solicitors and licensed conveyancers to verify the identity of the potential client they are dealing with prior to agreeing to accepting their conveyancing retainer. The Terms of Engagement that you are required to sign will no doubt reaffirm this. Your lender will also require certain documents to be checked. If you are unwilling to provide identification documents, your conveyancer would not be able to accept instructions from you.

My uncle pointed out to me me that in buying a property in Durham there may be various restrictions preventing external changes to a property. Is this right?

We are aware of anumerous of properties in Durham which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to perform external variations. Part of the conveyancing in Durham should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.

The mortgage over my property is with Barclays for my property in Durham. Conveyancing was finalised a year ago. Should I wish to rent out the flat and do not currently have a buy-to-let mortgage do I need to remortgage to a BTL mortgage or inform Barclays?

Barclays must be informed of your intention before renting your property as this is likely to be a breach of Barclays’s mortgage conditions. It may be that Barclays will allow you to rent out your former home without needing to switch to a buy-to-let mortgage but some lenders will add a surcharge to your mortgage rate to reflect the higher risk. You should contact Barclays directly. You need not do this via a Barclays conveyancing panel lawyer.

I am selling my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in August 2006, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's lender, Bank of Ireland are being a right pain. The Durham solicitor who is on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel is saying indemnity insurance will be fine but Bank of Ireland are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Bank of Ireland have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?

It is probably the case that Bank of Ireland have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Bank of Ireland may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.

I have todaybeen informed that Stirling Law have been shut down. They conducted my conveyancing in Durham for a purchase of a leasehold apartment 18 months ago. How can I be sure that my home is registered correctly in the name of the former proprietor?

The quickest way to see if the premises is registered to you, you can carry out a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Durham conveyancing specialists.

I am a fortnight into a residential purchase having been referred to solicitors by the selling agent to do our conveyancing in Durham. We are not happy. Could you help me find new lawyers?

They would have to be very poor in order to consider changing them. Has the mortgage been issued? In the event that it has you must inform them of the replacement lawyer and ensure the loan are issued to the new lawyers. Your new solicitor ideally should be on the mortgage company panel to avoid escalating charges and delays. So that should be your first question of the new solicitors. The find a solicitor tool will assist you in finding a lender approved conveyancer for your conveyancing in Durham

Planning to sign contracts shortly on a studio apartment in Durham. Conveyancing lawyers inform me that they will have a report out to me next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?

The report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Durham should include some of the following:

    specifics of the parties to the lease, for instance these could be the tennant, head lessor, landlord Defining your rights in relation to the communal areas in the building.E.G., does the lease provide for a right of way over a path or staircase? Repair and maintenance of the flat Ground rent - how much and what the invoice dates are, and also know whether this is subject to change Whether your lease caters for for a reserve fund?
For a comprehensive list of information to be included in your report on your leasehold property in Durham please ask your lawyer in advance of your conveyancing in Durham.

Leasehold Conveyancing in Durham - Sample of Queries Prior to buying

    Generally speaking the outlay for major works tend not to be included within service charges, although a few managing agents in Durham ask leaseholders to contribute towards a sinking fund and this is used to offset against larger works. Best to be warned whether window replacement or some other major work is due shortly to be shared by the leasehold owners and could well materially increase the the maintenance fees or result in a specific payment. The majority of Durham leasehold flats will incur a service bill for the upkeep of the block levied by the landlord. Where you acquire the flat you will have to pay this amount, usually quarterly during the year. This may vary from two or three hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for buildings with lifts and large common areas. In all probability there will be a ground rent to be met annual, normally this is not a exorbitant figure, say about £50-£100 but you need to enquire as occasionally it could be many hundreds of pounds.

Me and my husband are disposing of a Durham house we inherited 8 years ago in 2010. I have over a decades worth of conveyancing experience and, now retired, see no reason not to carry out my own legal work. The buyer's property lawyer has informed me that their mortgage company will not allow you to do your own conveyancing requiring the funds to be released via a solicitor's bank account.

Mortgage instructions to conveyancing practitioners from all CML members specify that If the seller does not have legal representation the purchaser’s lawyers should check whether the lender needs to be told so that a decision can be reached if they are willing to progress.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Durham

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Durham with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on wrongful eviction

  • The Richmond Partnership Incorporating Richmond Anderson Goudie, Lumsdon House, 19 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3HL
  • Freeman Johnson, 31 Old Elvet, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3JA
  • Swinburne Maddison Llp, Venture House, Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS
  • Emg Solicitors Limited, The Rivergreen Centre, Aykley Heads, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS
  • Evans & Co, 33 Cheapside, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6QF

Planning law solicitors in Durham regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The solicitors listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Durham practicing in planning law. This may include advice on development on contaminated land
  • Swinburne Maddison Llp, Venture House, Aykley Heads Business Centre, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5TS

Transfer of Equity conveyancing in Durham ordinarily involves the following:

  • Obtaining instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Following instructions from the mortgage company (where relevant)
  • Negotiating the terms of the transaction
  • Drafting Transfer or approving draft Transfer
  • Agreeing amendments to the draft Transfer
  • Communicating with parties concerning the Transfer
  • Agreeing and preparing for completion
  • Receiving and releasing monies to the appropriate parties
  • Preparing and submitting to HM Revenue and Customs the appropriate SDLT forms and payment
  • Registering the transfer of ownership and the mortgage (if relevant) at the HMLR.

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

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