I am in the process of selling my maisonette in Langley and the EA has just e-mailed to warn that the purchasers are changing their property lawyer. The reason given is that the bank will only work with solicitors on their approved list. Why would a leading lender only work with specific solicitors rather the firm that they want to appoint for their conveyancing in Langley ?
Banks have always had panels of law firms they are content to work with, but in recent years big names such as HSBC, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have acted for them for many years.
Mortgage companies point to the increase in fraud as the reason for the reduction – criteria have been stiffened as a smaller panel is easier to monitor. No lender will say how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society claims that it is being contacted daily by practices that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms are unaware that they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. Your purchasers are unlikely to have any impact on this.
I have 7378 less than 75 years remaining on my lease and need a lease extension for my apartment in Langley. Conveyancing solicitors on the Platform panel can deal with such extensions right?
Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are getting a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Platform have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 2/10/2022 the requirements read as follows :
Just had an offer accepted on a new build flat in Langley. Conveyancing is a frightening process at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. Can you give me some examples of some of the questions asked in new build conveyancing.
Set out below is a sample of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Langley
The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme. Investor purchasers must be able to freely grant unsecured tenancies at market rents without requiring any consents. Where service of notices and proceedings can be at the property demised please confirm that this can be amended to include simultaneous services at the Lessees’ solicitors’ offices where the Lessee from time to time is not resident in the UK - such solicitors may be varied by notice in writing to the Landlord from time to time but otherwise will be as previously specified. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company?
Is it possible to change conveyancer as I have to choose a firm on the Britannia conveyancing list. I had appointed a local conveyancing solicitor in Langley round the corner but the firm is not accepted by Britannia
It would be our pleasure to assist you select a conveyancing solicitor in Langley on the Britannia panel. Please note that the property lawyers that we list do not pay us fee if you instruct them and are fully regulated by the SRA who oversee all conveyancing solicitors in Langley. In utilising the find a conveyancing solicitor tool on this website, you can contrast charges for conveyancing solicitors in Langley and beyond.
I need to appoint a conveyancing solicitor for sale conveyancing in Langley. I've stumble upon a web site which seems to have the perfect solution If there is a chance to get all formalities done via email that would be ideal. Do I need to be wary? What should out be looking out for?
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?
I've recently bought a leasehold house in Langley. Do I have any liability for service charges for periods before completion of my purchase?
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. However, 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 be sure 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 inherited a ground floor flat in Langley. In the absence of agreement between myself and the landlord, can the Leasehold valuation Tribunal make a decision on the amount due for a lease extension?
in cases where there is a absentee freeholder or if there is dispute about the premium for a lease extension, under the relevant legislation it is possible to make an application to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to determine the price payable.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement case for a Langley flat is 164 Nestles Avenue in October 2013. The tribunal agreed with the proposed price of £20,158 for the freehold and determined that that sum is the amount to be paid into court This case related to 2 flats. The number of years remaining on the existing lease(s) was 69 years.