I am need of leasehold conveyancing for a flat in a relatively new development (seven years old) in Hitchin. Almost all the properties have already been disposed of. Do I need carry out the local searches for my conveyancing in Hitchin?
You are putting yourself at risk in not carrying out Hitchin conveyancing searches. Without searches you have no clarity over flooding, environmental etc which may mean you walk away due to potential problems down the line. If you are buying without a mortgage there is no legal requirement to have them, but we would strongly advise in no uncertain terms that your lawyer conducts them. Where accelerating the process and cost are primary issues you should discuss with your solicitor about the viability of search insurance
The Hitchin conveyancing solicitors that I appointed last week on my house acquisition in Hitchin have without warning closed. I only went with them because I had to have a firm on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel and my preferred Hitchin lawyer was not. I sent them a cheque for two hundred pounds in advance. What are my options?
If you have an estate agent involved then inform them immediately so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. Hopefully they will be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You will need to appoint new lawyers that are on the Coventry BS conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new lawyers may be able to assist.
Despite weeks of looking the Title Certificate and documents to my home are lost. The lawyers who conducted the conveyancing in Hitchin 5 years ago no longer exist. Will I be able to sell the house?
Nowadays there are duplicates made of almost everything, and your conveyancer should be aware exactly where to look for all the appropriate documentation so you may buy or dispose of your house without a hitch. Where duplicates can’t be found, your conveyancer can arrange cover in the form of insurance or indemnities protecting you against possible claims on your premises.
Due to the input of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a property in Hitchin ahead of appointing lawyers. I have been informed that there is a flying freehold element to the property. The surveyor has said that some mortgage companies will not issue a loan on such a home.
It depends who your proposed lender is. Bank of Scotland has different requirements from Birmingham Midshires. If you contact us we can check via the relevant mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Hitchin. Conveyancing can be more complicated and therefore you should check with your conveyancing solicitor in Hitchin to see if the conveyancing will be more expensive.
Hoping to buy a property located in Hitchin and I am already nervous. I couldn't find anything specific about Hitchin. Conveyancing will be needed in due course but do you know about the Hitchin area? or perhaps some other tips you can share?
Rather than looking online forget looking online you should go and have a look at Hitchin. In the meantime here are some basic statistics that we found
Is it best to choose a Hitchin conveyancing solicitor who is local to the property I am buying? An old friend can perform the legal formalities but his firm is located approximately 350kilometers away.
The benefit of a local Hitchin conveyancing practice is that you can attend the office to execute documents, deliver your identification documents and apply pressure on them if necessary. They will also have local knowledge which is a bonus. That being said nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If you know people who used your friend and they were content that must outweigh using an unfamiliar Hitchin conveyancing lawyer just because they are round the corner.