My fiance’s brother is a solicitor. I hope that I can be offered preferential pricing for conveyancing, However if that does not come through, what level of figure should I be paying for conveyancing in Kirkby Stephen?
It’s a good idea to request two or three conveyancing quotes. Do use our search tool on this site. Whilst charges may be different but service levels do differ between property lawyers as is the case with most professions.
We previously appointed solicitors with offices in Kirkby Stephen on the Kent Reliance solicitor approved list. They have just invoiced me a supplemental sum for handling the Kent Reliance mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee specified by Kent Reliance?
As unfair as it may appear, as long as it’s in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your property lawyer is entitled to charge a fee for this. The charge is not dictated by Kent Reliance but by your Kirkby Stephen lawyer. Some firms on the Kent Reliance panel will charge ’dealing with mortgage’ fee and others do not.
I recently had an offer accepted on an apartment in Kirkby Stephen. My mortgage broker recommended their conveyancers. I paid an on account payment of £200. A couple of days later, the solicitor called me embarrassingly acknowledging that they were not on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel. Am I right in thinking that I should be due a refund?
You should be able to recover this from the law firm if they were not on the Virgin Money panel. They should have asked at the outset which lender you were obtaining a mortgage with. An important lesson to readers of this site is to check that the lawyers are on the appropriate lender panel.
Planning on purchasing a house in Kirkby Stephen. I have received an online quote from a licenced conveyancer, which states: "There will be no charge for dealing with the Lender if you are obtaining a mortgage". I take this to mean that there will be no additional fee if the solicitor is on the TSB conveyancing panel. I wanted to make sure it means there will be no additional fees for dealing with the mortgage.
They are simply saying that the cost for acting for the lender is included in the fee being quoted. It is worth you checking that the Kirkby Stephen conveyancing practitioner is on the TSB conveyancing panel.
A relative recommended that where I am buying in Kirkby Stephen I should ask my conveyancer to carry out a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. Can you explain what the purpose of this search is?
A search of this type is sometimes quoted for as part of the standard Kirkby Stephen conveyancing searches. It is a large document of about 40 pages, listing and detailing significant information about Kirkby Stephen around the property and the people living there. It includes an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Kirkby Stephen Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Local Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data about Kirkby Stephen.
How does conveyancing in Kirkby Stephen differ for new build properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Kirkby Stephen come to us having been asked by the seller to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the premises is constructed. This is because developers in Kirkby Stephen typically purchase the real estate, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are used to new build conveyancing in Kirkby Stephen or who has acted in the same development.
I am employed by a busy estate agency in Kirkby Stephen where we have experienced a few leasehold sales put at risk due to leases having less than 80 years remaining. I have been given inconsistent advice from local Kirkby Stephen conveyancing firms. Please can you confirm whether the vendor of a flat can instigate the lease extension formalities for the buyer?
Provided that the seller has been the owner for at least 2 years it is possible, to serve a Section 42 notice to start the lease extension process and assign the benefit of the notice to the purchaser. This means that the buyer need not have to wait 2 years for a lease extension. Both sets of lawyers will agree to form of assignment. The assignment needs to be completed prior to, or at the same time as completion of the disposal of the property.
Alternatively, it may be possible to extend the lease informally by agreement with the landlord either before or after the sale. If you are informally negotiating there are no rules and so you cannot insist on the landlord agreeing to grant an extension or transferring the benefit of an agreement to the buyer.
Leasehold Conveyancing in Kirkby Stephen - Sample of Questions you should consider before buying
You should be aware that where the lease has fewer than 80 years it will impact the salability of the apartment. It is worth checking with your lender that they are happy with remaining years on the lease. Leases with less than 80 years remaining means that you will most likely have to extend the lease sooner rather than later and you need to have some idea of what this would cost. For most Kirkby Stephenlease extensions you would need to own the property for two years in order to be eligible to carry out a lease extension. You should want to find out as much as possible regarding the managing agents as they will either make life much easier or uncomfortable. As the proprietor of a leasehold property you are frequently at the mercy of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to every day matters like the tidiness of the communal areas. Enquire of prospective neighbours if they are happy with their management. In conclusion, investigate as to the dates that you are obliged pay the maintenance charge to the managing agents and specifically what it includes. Does the lease contain onerous restrictions?
My lawyers in Kirkby Stephen have advised me that no longer have my conveyancing file. To assist with my purchase I took out a mortgage with the bank. Is it case that being on the lender conveyancing panel they need to have retained the file for a prescribed period?
It very much depends from lender to lender but many of the Terms and Conditions of Conveyancing Panel Appointment require the file to be held for a period of 6 years. That being said we have not seen a copy of the bank Conveyancing Panel Terms. It might be worth you contacting the bank directly.