My family lawyer has quoted £1350 for fixed fee conveyancing in Highbury. I’m selling a Victorian property for £250,000. Are the quoted fees excessive? Is it in excess of the average fee for conveyancing in Highbury?
The charges are a tad high. Where you are prepared to invest time contrasting costs you might reduce the fees slightly by perhaps £100 plus VAT. On the other hand, you mightcome to regret opting for an an untested lawyer. If is important to ensure that the solicitor can act for your mortgage company. Do utilise our comparison tool to get a quote a Highbury conveyancing firm on the lender’s member panel which can often include conveyancing solicitors in Highbury.
My grandson is in the process of securing a house that has just been built in Highbury with a home loan from Coventry BS. His conveyancer has said that there is a delay in completing the ‘Disclosure of Incentive Form’. Who needs to receive the form?
The form is intended to provide information to the main parties involved in the transaction. Therefore, it will be provided to your son’s lawyer who should be on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel as a standard part of the process, and to the valuer when asked. The developer will be required to start the process by downloading the form and completing it. The form will therefore need to be available for the valuer at the time of his or her site visit. The form should be sent to the Coventry BS conveyancing panel solicitor as early as possible, in order to avoid any last minute delays, and no later than at exchange of contracts.
Having spent time reviewing online forums for a conveyancing solicitor in Highbury, most advise that I must look for a CQS accredited solicitor. What is CQS?
Highbury Conveyancing Quality Scheme law firms have been granted certification by the law Society The Law Society created CQS to establish evidence of quality standards in the home legal process. CQS enables buyers and sellers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing. Highbury is one of the many areas in England and Wales in which accredited firms have offices. The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-certification, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is available to solicitors and not licensed conveyancers and has the support of the Association of British Insurers.
My relative suggested that where I am buying in Highbury I should carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?
A search of this type is sometimes included in the estimate for your Highbury conveyancing searches. It is a large report of more than thirty pages, listing and setting out important information about Highbury around the property and the people living there. It incorporates an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Highbury Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average House Prices, Crime details, Highbury Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about Highbury.
I acquired my house on 1 October and my personal details are still not on the land registry website. Need I be worried? My conveyancing solicitor in Highbury expressed confidence that it would be recorded inside ten days. Are properties in Highbury particularly slow to register?
As far as conveyancing in Highbury is concerned, registration is no faster or slower than anywhere else in England and Wales. Rather than based on location, timeframes can adjust according to who lodges the application, whether it is in order and if the Land registry have to notify any 3rd parties. Currently roughly 80% of submission are completed within 12 days but occasionally there can be extensive hold-ups. Registration is effected once the purchaser has moved in to the property therefore 'speed' is not typically primary concern but where it is urgent that the the registration takes place urgently then you or your conveyancer should speak with the land registry and explain the circumstances.
What are your top tips when it comes to choosing a Highbury conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a solicitor for your lease extension (regardless if they are a Highbury conveyancing firm) it is essential that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you speak with two or three firms including non Highbury conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. The following questions could be useful:
How familiar is the practice with lease extension legislation? If the firm is not ALEP accredited then why not?
My wife and I have hit a brick wall in trying to purchase the freehold in Highbury. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on premiums?
Most certainly. We can put you in touch with a Highbury conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a Highbury property is Lower Flat 16A Beatty Road in September 2012. The premium payable was £13,577. The terms of the lease has been agreed between the Applicants and the First Respondent and the Tribunal did not seek to disturb that agreement. This case related to 1 flat.