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Selecting the right solicitor is the most important decision when it comes to your Helston house move

Reasons to use our Helston conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 Conveyancer conveyancing firms have valuable personal connections with Helston selling agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 2 Using a a family Solicitor usually means that you will receive a more personal touch. Sometimes when dealing with a large conveyancing firm, you tend to be looked after by a team of people who who progress matters by reading from their computer screens.
  • 3 Regardless alternative companies say it just might be necessary to pop into your lawyer to execute documents. Too many 3rd parties are already involved in a homemove without having to include Royal Mail into the equation.
  • 4 There is a distinct possibility the the solicitors for the other party have offices in Helston - if so both parties will be less confrontational
  • 5 Firms accustomed to conveyancing in Helston regularly deal withlocal issues peculiar to Helston and therefore you may benefit from better advice and faster conveyancing.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Helston since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Helston

We see that you have a search directory identifying law firms on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel. Do companies pay you a referral fee if I appoint them for our own conveyancing in Helston?

We are a listing service only for law firms wishing to communicate if they are on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel or other lender panels. We do not charge referral fees to any conveyancer that you subsequently appoint for your conveyancing in Helston.

About to place a bid on a leasehold property in Helston. The selling agents tell me that it is usual for flats in Helston to have less than 75 years unexpired on the lease. I am expecting a loan with Nationwide Building Society. Will the property be mortgageable given that the lease has 69 years unexpired.

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are getting a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 12/6/2024 the requirements read as follows :

- Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years, except where lending is over 85% of the purchase price/valuation on a second hand flat, in which case our minimum unexpired term is 90 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer
- Where lending is over 85% of the purchase price/valuation on a second hand flat and the unexpired lease term on the offer is 90 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 90 years.

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 55 years
- Unexpired lease term less than 90 years where we are lending more than 85% of the purchase price/valuation on a second hand flat
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period is less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 55 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial, etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 1% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years (Minimum 90 years where we are lending more than 85% of the purchase price/valuation on a second hand flat)
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined)
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Any lease which is subject to a Ground Rent (or Annual Rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis
- Any lease which is subject to a Ground Rent (or Annual Rent) being charged which is more than on a peppercorn basis

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 1% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- A lease subject to a peppercorn Ground Rent (Annual Rent) charges

For the avoidance of doubt, any New Build properties completed but not sold pre-30 June 2022 will only be acceptable if the Lease conforms to the above guidance.

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years.

Lease Extensions

We require all Lease Extensions to be completed under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 and to meet the above criteria as a minimum. Where you become aware that it does not meet these requirements, please refer to Issuing Office.

My stepmother pointed out to me me that in buying a property in Helston there could be a number of restrictions affecting the ability to carry out external alterations to a property. Is this right?

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

My wife and I buying a terrace house in Helston. The intention is to an extension at the rear at the house.Will the conveyancing process include checks to determine if these alterations are allowed?

Your conveyancer will check the registered title as conveyancing in Helston can sometimes reveal restrictions in the title documents which prevent certain alterations or necessitated the consent of a 3rd party. Many extensions need local authority planning permissions and approval in compliance with building regulations. Certain areas are designated conservation areas and special planning restrictions apply which often prevent or impact extensions. You should check these issues with a surveyor ahead of any purchase.

My husband and I have organised the release of further funds on our home loan from TSB as we intend to carry out improvements to our home in Helston. Do we need to select a local Helston solicitor on the TSB conveyancing panel to deal with the paperwork?

TSB would not normally appoint a member of their conveyancing panel to handle such a matter. If they do require any legal work then you would need to ensure that such a lawyer was on the TSB conveyancing panel.

I am buying a new build house in Helston benefiting from help to buy. The builders refused to budge the price so I negotiated £7000 of extras instead. The property agent advised me not disclose to my conveyancer about this extras as it could jeopardize my mortgage with The Royal Bank of Scotland. Is this normal?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.

Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.

Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold element on a property I put an offer in last month in what was supposed to be a quick, chain free conveyancing. Helston is the location of the property. Can you shed any light on this issue?

Flying freeholds in Helston are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Helston you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds thoroughly. Your bank may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Helston may determine that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold residence.

Given that I will soon spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on a terraced house in Helston I would like to talk to a solicitor concerning thehome move in advance of instructing the firm. Is this something that you can arrange?

This is something that we encourage - we would be delighted to talk to you we do not take any clients on without you speaking to the solicitor who will be doing your conveyancing in Helston.There is no ‘factory style conveyancing’ - every client is unique individual, not a matter number. The practices that we put you in touch with believe that the fees you are calculated and presented to you for residential conveyancing in Helston should be the figure that you are charged.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Helston regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Helston but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Randle Thomas Llp, 2 Wendron Street, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8PP
  • Borlase And Company, 45 Coinagehall Street, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8EU

Planning law solicitors in Helston regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Helston specialising in planning law. This should include advice on making sure people do what the planning regulations say
  • Borlase And Company, 45 Coinagehall Street, Helston, Cornwall, TR13 8EU

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Helston?

Licensed Conveyancers specialise in the legalities surrounding acquiring and selling property and cover conveyancing nationwide not just Helston. If using a Licensed Conveyancer governed by the CLC, you should:
  • Be supplied with an honest and lawful conveyancing.
  • Be supplied with a high standard of legal services.
  • Enjoy the benefit of your conveyancing dealt with using care, skill and legal competence.
  • Have a high standard of service due to your conveyancer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Be supplied with a service which is accessible and responsive to your specific requirements.
  • You should not consider yourself discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • Not receive a service which is below the standard you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Ensure your individual needs taken into account should a complaint be made.
  • Receive a speedy, independent and comprehensive service if if a complaint is made about your conveyancing in Helston.

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