I am buying a newly built duplex in Herne Bay and my solicitor is informing me that she is duty bound to the lender to disclose incentives from the developer. I am nearing the developer’s deadline to exchange contracts and I have no desire to prolong matters. Is my lawyer right?
You should not exchange unless you have been advised to do so by your conveyancing practitioner. A precondition to being on a mortgage company panel is to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook specifications. The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
We're in Herne Bay, First timers buying with a mortgage (lender is Santander , and our lawyer is on the Santander conveyancing panel). How long should the conveyancing process take?
The fact that your lawyer is on the Santander conveyancing panel is a help. It would almost certainly delay matters if they were not. However, no conveyancing practitioner should guarantee a timeframe for your conveyancing, due to third parties outside of your control such as delays caused by lenders,conveyancing search providers or by the other side’s solicitors. The time taken is often determined by the number of parties in a chain.
We are buying a flat in Herne Bay. It might be a silly question but how we can trust a lawyer? At some point we will need to send funds into their account. What protection do we have from them run away with our deposit?
Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.
Can I be sure that the Herne Bay conveyancing solicitor on the Nottingham panel is any good?
When it comes to conveyancing in Herne Bay seeking recommendations is a sensible 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 advocate that you speak with the lawyer handling your conveyancing.
I have paid off my mortgage with Clydesdale. I assume I don't need a Herne Bay lawyer on the Clydesdale panel to remove the mortgage at the Land Registry. Am I right?
If you have finished paying off your Clydesdale mortgage, they may send you evidence showing that you have paid it off. Alternatively they may notify the Land Registry directly. The Land Registry need to see this evidence before they will remove the Clydesdale mortgage from the register. Clydesdale, and any evidence they send you, will determine the action you need to take. In cases where no conveyancer is acting for you and you have paid off your mortgage:
- but are not moving to another property
- where Clydesdale has sent the Land Registry the discharge electronically, and
- Clydesdale has instructed the Land Registry to do so
I'm converting the mortgage on my current home to a buy to let loan with Nottingham Building Society and I will use the rest of the raised equity as a deposit on further house. The neighborhood we are interested in is Herne Bay. Will your lawyers be able to act for both sets of mortgage companies and tie in the conveyances?
Make use of our comparison tool on this site to be sure that the conveyancers are on the appropriate lender panels. Having checked that they are your lawyer should be able to tie up the two conveyancing matters but you should talk with you solicitor and communicate your expectations and needs.
I need to appoint a conveyancing solicitor for leasehold conveyancing in Herne Bay. I happened to chance upon a web site which looks to be the ideal offering If it is possible to get all formalities completed via web that would be ideal. Do I need to be wary? 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?
Last October I purchased a leasehold house in Herne Bay. Am I liable to pay service charges for periods before my ownership?
Where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous lessee and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. Strange as it may seem, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to ensure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
I am the registered owner of a garden flat in Herne Bay, conveyancing having been completed in 2001. Can you please calculate a probable premium for a statutory lease extension? Comparable flats in Herne Bay with over 90 years remaining are worth £197,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £55 levied per year. The lease terminates on 21st October 2076
With only 55 years left to run we estimate the premium for your lease extension to span between £31,400 and £36,200 as well as plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.
The suggested premium range above a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs in the absence of detailed due diligence. Do not use the figures in a Notice of Claim or as an informal offer. There are no doubt additional concerns that need to be considered and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. Please do not take any other action based on this information before seeking the advice of a professional.