My fiance and I are looking to buy a property in Ealing and are in fact using a Ealing conveyancing practice. Within the past 48 hours our property lawyer has sent a preliminary report and documents to look through in anticipation of exchanging contracts shortly. Britannia have this evening contacted us to advise us that there is now an issue as our Ealing conveyancer is not on their conveyancing panel. Is this a problem?
When purchasing a property with the benefit of a mortgage it is standard for the purchasers' solicitors to also represent the purchaser's lender. In order to act for a bank or building society a law firm has to be on that lender's conveyancing panel. An application has to be made by the law firm to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict criteria which the firm has to satisfy and indeed some lenders now require their panel members to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your solicitor should contact your bank and see if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own solicitors to act. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on the bank's conveyancing panel and you may continue to use your own Ealing solicitors, in which case your legal fees may increase, and it will likely delay the transaction as you have another set of people involved.
We note that you have a post code search directory listing solicitors on the Skipton conveyancing panel. Do firms pay you a commission if I retain them for our conveyancing in Ealing?
We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Skipton conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Ealing.
Do I find a Licenced Conveyancer or Solicitor for conveyancing in Ealing?
There are many registered licenced Conveyancers in Ealing and Solicitor practices in Ealing who can help with your conveyancing It is important to make clear that the two are supervised by regulatory bodies with both specialising in the legal aspects of transferring property. Both can deal with other property legal work such as remortgage conveyancing, enfranchisement and transfer of equity conveyancing.
Can you point me to a directory of Nationwide panel conveyancers in Ealing on the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook Website?
Unfortunately not yet. There is no such tool on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association websites. Very few lenders make their panel listings available on the web. If you are seeking to appoint a Ealing solicitor on the Nationwide please use our facility.
How can we tell if a Ealing conveyancing solicitor on the Principality panel is any good?
When it comes to conveyancing in Ealing obtaining recommendations is a good start. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one which is cheap as chips. We would always recommend that you speak with the lawyer handling your conveyancing.
Is it simple use the search app to choose a conveyancing solicitor in Ealing on the approved list for my mortgage?
First select a bank such as Birmingham Midshires, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society or Platform Home Loans Ltd then specify your preferred area a common one being Ealing. Conveyancing firms in Ealing and beyond will then be shown.
Should I instruct a Ealing conveyancing lawyer who is local to the property I am buying? An old friend can deal with the legal formalities however his firm is located approximately 350kilometers away.
The primary upside of using a high street Ealing conveyancing practice is that you can drop in to execute paperwork, deliver your ID and apply pressure on them if necessary. Having local Ealing know how is a bonus. However it's more important to get someone that will do a good and efficient job. If if people you trust used your friend and on the whole were content that should trump using an unfamiliar Ealing conveyancing solicitor solely due to them being based in the area.
Completion is due on the disposal of our £125,000 apartment in Ealing on Thursday in a week. The managing agents has quoted £324 for Landlord’s certificate, insurance certificate and 3 years service charge statements. Is it legal for a freeholder to charge exorbitant fees for a flat conveyance in Ealing?
Ealing conveyancing on leasehold flats more often than not involves the purchaser’s solicitor submitting questions for the landlord to answer. Although the landlord is under no legal obligation to answer these enquiries most will be content to do so. They may charge a reasonable administration fee for responding to enquiries or supplying documentation. There is no upper cap for such fees. The average fee for the paperwork that you are referring to is over three hundred pounds, in some cases it is in excess of £800. The administration charge levied by the landlord must be sent together with a summary of entitlements and obligations in respect of administration fees, without which the charge is not strictly payable. In reality you have no choice but to pay whatever is demanded if you want to exchange contracts with the buyer.
I inherited a ground flat in Ealing. Given that I can not reach agreement with the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal determine the amount due for the purchase of the freehold?
Most definitely. We can put you in touch with a Ealing conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Ealing flat is Flat 4 38 The Mall in April 2014. the Tribunal held that the premium payable for the lease extension to be £25,451 This case affected 1 flat. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 68.7 years.