I sincerely hope you can assist me. My Mitcham conveyancer is advising me that she is duty bound toconduct Mitcham conveyancing searches stemming from the fact thatthe firm are on the HSBCconveyancing panel. Do I not have a choice here?
Unfortunately both you and your lawyer have little choice here. Given that you are taking out a loan with a mortgage company your conveyancer has to comply with their conditions as set out in their version of the CML Conveyancing Handbook. Your conveyancing practitioner 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 specifications . Even if you were a cash buyer you would be ill advised not to carry out Mitcham conveyancing searches.
In reading consumer advice sites for an online solicitor in Mitcham, most comment that I must instruct a CQS assured lawyer. What is CQS?
The Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme is the recognised quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property, trusted by some of the UK's leading lenders. In 2011-12 the Conveyancing Quality Scheme was officially recognised by the Building Societies Association (BSA). CQS is not a scheme offered by the Council of Licensed Conveyancing. Mitcham is one of the numerous areas in England and Wales where there are Accredited solicitors.
Forgive me if this question is silly but I am wet behind the ears as FTB of a garden flat in Mitcham. Do I collect the keys to the house on the completion date from my conveyancer? If this is the case, I will find a local conveyancing solicitor in Mitcham?
There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Conveyancing lawyers for you will electronically transfer the completion advance to the vendor’s solicitors, and once they have received this, you will be able to collect the keys from the property Agents and start moving into the property. This tends to happen early afternoon.
Completion of my remortgage has taken place for my property in Mitcham. Conveyancing was of an acceptable standard but I would like to complain about the lender. How do I make a complaint?
Most lenders have complaints procedures. Your first port of call should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Care Department at head office. We understand that complaints to a lender are sorted out effectively and efficiently. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service, South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London E14 9SR who will take matters further.
It is not clear whether my mortgage offer obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have called into my local Mitcham building society branch on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they will lend. My Mitcham conveyancing solicitor - who is on the mortgage company conveyancing panel- called to say that they will not lend based on their UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook minimum lease term requirements. I simply don't know who is right.
The property lawyer must comply with the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Handbook section two provisions for your bank. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the lender will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years remaining.
My colleague suggested that where I am buying in Mitcham I should ask my conveyancer to perform a Neighbourhood, Planning and Local Amenity Search. What does it cover?
This is a search is occasionally quoted for as part of the standard Mitcham conveyancing searches. It is not a small report of about 40 pages, listing and setting out important information about Mitcham around the property and the people living there. It incorporates an Aerial Photograph, Planning Applications, Land Use, Mobile Phone Masts, Rights of Way, the Mitcham Housing Market, Council Tax Banding, the type of People living in the area, the dominant type of Housing, the Average Property Price, Crime details, Mitcham Education with plans and statistics, Local Amenities and other useful data regarding Mitcham.
Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a property I have offered on last month in what was supposed to be a quick, chain free conveyancing. Mitcham is where the house is located. Can you offer any advice?
Flying freeholds in Mitcham are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside Mitcham you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds diligently. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Mitcham may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold property.
Expecting to exchange soon on a studio apartment in Mitcham. Conveyancing solicitors assured me that they report fully next week. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Mitcham should include some of the following:
It needs to be made clear to you if the lease permits you to change or improve aspects of the premises- you must be made aware as to whether it applies to all alterations or limited to structural alteration, and whether consent is required You should be advised what is to be regarded as a Nuisance as far as the lease is concerned Whether the lease restricts you from letting out the property, or having a home office for business Details of the parties to the lease, e.g. these could be the tennant, superior lessor, landlord Repair and maintenance of the premises
I have attempted and failed to negotiate with my landlord for a lease extension without getting anywhere. Can I apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal? Can you recommend a Mitcham conveyancing firm to act on my behalf?
if there is a missing landlord or if there is disagreement about what the lease extension should cost, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal to judgment on the premium.
An example of a Freehold Enfranchisement decision for a Mitcham flat is 50 & 52 Southcroft Road in September 2013. The tribunals own valuation determined that the premium payable should be £29,000 This case related to 2 flats. The unexpired term as at the valuation date was 86.11 and 60.64.