I am expecting a offer of a home loan from Nat West. My intention is to retain the legal services of a Licensed Conveyancer in King's Cross. Does the Nat West Solicitor panel exclude Licensed Conveyancers?
The Nat West approved solicitor list is, like many other lenders, represented by the CML or Building Society Association, open to Licensed Conveyancers regulated by the Council of Licensed Conveyancers.
I do hope you can assist me. My King's Cross lawyer is assuring me that he is legally obliged toapply for King's Cross conveyancing searches becausethe firm are on the HSBCsolicitor panel. These King's Cross checks cost a lot of money can this be avoided?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with a bank your conveyancer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your solicitor would have previously signed the Terms and Conditions of your bank’s conveyancing panel appointment which obliges them to comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook provisions . Even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out King's Cross conveyancing searches.
When does exchange of contracts happen for residential conveyancing in King's Cross and am I required to be at the solicitors branch?
If you are in close proximity to one of the conveyancing solicitors in King's Cross you are invited in to sign documents. However, the lender approved solicitors we work with provide a countrywide conveyancing service and give just as comprehensive and professional a job for you when dealing with you electronically. The executing of the sale agreement is not the point of no return. Signing on the dotted line simply enables the solicitor to exchange contracts when the time is right, which will usually be very shortly after signing. The exchange process is nowadays normally dealt with by telephone and can be very rapid, although where an extended "chain" is in play, since the process requires the relevant party's solicitor (not necessarily a conveyancing solicitor in King's Cross)to be in the office at the appropriate time.
I had intended to instruct a property lawyer in King's Cross for our house purchase. Our financial adviser has since advised us that our mortgage company Santander won't deal with them. Why is this not regarded as unfair competition?
A bank can insist on a panel solicitor act for it. You would be expected to meet the charges for this. Please make use of our tool to choose a solicitor to carry conveyancing in King's Cross on the Santander conveyancing panel.
What is your number one tip for choosing a conveyancing solicitor in King's Cross
Do not opt for the lowest King's Cross conveyancing quote. You really do get what you pay for when it comes to conveyancing solicitors. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you go into the conveyancing with your eyes wide open.
I'm the sole recipient of my late grandmother’s estate and I have everything in my name now, including the house in King's Cross. Conveyancing formalities meant that the Land Registry date was in September. I plan to dispose of the property. I understand that there is a Mortgage Lenders six month 'rule', which means that my proprietorship could be treated the same way as though I had purchased the house in September. Will no one buy the property for half a year?
The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ handbook requires conveyancers to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." Technically you might be impacted by that. many lenders would take a pragmatic view as this provision chiefly exists to capture the purchase and immediately sell or the wholesaling and assigning of properties.
I have decided to exercise my right to buy my property in King's Cross off the council. I have a mortgage agreed with Bank of Ireland. Conveyancing is new to me. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?
It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with Bank of Ireland, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel.
What advice can you give us when it comes to appointing a King's Cross conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
When appointing a conveyancer for your lease extension (regardless if they are a King's Cross conveyancing firm) it is essential that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of work. We advise that you talk with two or three firms including non King's Cross conveyancing practices before you instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions could be helpful:
If they are not ALEP accredited then what is the reason? How many lease extensions have they conducted in King's Cross in the last year?
I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord for a lease extension without any joy. Can a leaseholder apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a King's Cross conveyancing firm to represent me?
if there is a absentee landlord or if there is disagreement about the premium for a lease extension, under the relevant legislation it is possible to make an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to decide the price.
An example of a Lease Extension matter before the tribunal for a King's Cross property is Flat 89 Trinity Court Grays Inn Road in February 2013. the Tribunal found that the premium to be paid by the tenant on the grant of a new lease, in accordance with section 56 and Schedule 13 to the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 should be £36,229. This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 66.8 years.