My fiance’s brother is a solicitor. I hope that I can be offered preferential pricing for conveyancing, but if not, what kind of figure would I typically be looking at for conveyancing in Fulham?
It’s sensible to look for multiple conveyancing estimates. Make use of our search tool on this page. The quotes will vary but the service one can expect are distinct between solicitors as is the case with most professions.
When it comes to mortgage companies such as Nationwide, do Fulham solicitors face an annual charge to be on the conveyancing panel?
We are not aware of any bank fees to register on their list of approved firms, although some do charge an administration fee to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel application.
We have a mortgage agreed in principle with Nationwide. Fulham conveyancing solicitors are chosen. What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Nationwide?
There is no definitive answer here. Have Nationwide conducted the valuation? Have you informed Nationwide as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Nationwide conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through.
I recently had an offer agreed on a house in Fulham. My financial adviser suggested a property lawyer. I paid an upfront payment of £225. A few days later, the conveyancing practitioner called me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the Yorkshire BS conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Yorkshire BS panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
Do I need to be concerned about estate agents that I am dealing with are recommending an internet conveyancing firm rather than a local Fulham conveyancing practice?
As with many professional services, often suggestions from connections can be extremely useful or valuable. But there are lots of parties with a keen interest in a conveyancing matter; estate agents, financial adviser and mortgage companies may suggest conveyancers to retain. Sometimes these solicitors might be known to one of the organisations as experts in their field, but occasionally there may be a commercial relationship behind the endorsement. You are at liberty to appoint your preferred conveyancer. You need to be aware that many lenders operate an approved list of conveyancers you must use for the mortgage aspect of your home move.
I need to retain a conveyancing solicitor for remortgage conveyancing in Fulham. I happened to discover a web site which appears to be the perfect answer If it is possible to get all this stuff done via phone that would be ideal. Do I need to be concerned? What are the potential pitfalls?
As usual with these online conveyancers you need to read ALL the small print - did you notice the extra charge for dealing with the mortgage?
I am employed by a reputable estate agency in Fulham where we see a few flat sales derailed due to short leases. I have received inconsistent advice from local Fulham conveyancing solicitors. Could you clarify whether the owner of a flat can initiate the lease extension formalities for the purchaser on completion of the sale?
Provided that the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to kick-start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the proposed purchaser need not have to wait 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed before, or at the same time as completion of the disposal of the property.
An alternative approach is to agree the lease extension with the freeholder 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.
After years of negotiations we simply can't agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Fulham. Can we issue an application to the Residential Property Tribunal Service?
Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Fulham conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Fulham property is 66 and 66a Wardo Avenue in November 2012. The Tribunal determined that the sum of £8,048 is payable by the Applicants in respect of the price for the freehold of the property This case affected 2 flats. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 93 years and 162 years.
What are my options where I am dissatisfied with the lawyer who undertook my conveyancing in Fulham?
We live in an imperfect world, and is is a fact of life that every so often things do go wrong. However there is recourse if you were not happy with your conveyancing in Fulham. This varies from trying to resolve matters directly with them, through to reporting a property lawyer to their regulator. If things still aren’t resolved you may consider getting in touch with the Legal Ombudsman.