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Reasons to use our New Forest conveyancing solicitors

  • 1 New Forest property lawyers are likely to have connections at the local Land Registry Office, Local Authority and property agents
  • 2 Solicitor conveyancing solicitors have valuable personal links with New Forest estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.
  • 3 New Forest solicitors work in conjunction with New Forest estate agents, property finders, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to make sure that a quality service is provided to buyers and sellers every step of the way, helping make the process as straightforward as possible
  • 4 The companies identified on our directory have a mix of conveyancing practitioners, legal executives and support staff handling thousands of conveyancing matters annually.
  • 5 Firms that specialise in conveyancing in New Forest are familiar with the local issues peculiar to New Forest and therefore you may benefit from better advice and faster conveyancing.

Examples of recent conveyancing in New Forest since March 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in New Forest

Last February we completed a house move in New Forest. We have noticed several issues with the house which we suspect were overlooked in the conveyancing searches. What action can we take? What searches should? have been ordered as part of conveyancing in New Forest?

It is not clear from the question as what problems have arisen and if they are relate to conveyancing in New Forest. Conveyancing searches and investigations initiated during the buying process are carried out to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, the vendor fills in a form referred to as a SPIF. If the information turns out to be misleading, then you may have a claim against the seller for any losses that you have suffered. The survey should have identified any problems with the structure of the property. Assuming a detailed survey was carried out and the issues were not identified, you may have a claim against the surveyor. However, if you did not have a full survey, you may be responsible for fixing any defects that have now been noted. We would always encourage buyers to take every possible step to ensure they are completely aware of the condition of a property before purchase regardless of whether they are buying in New Forest.

My bid for a property was accepted at auction in New Forest. Conveyancing is needed. What happens now?

Given that you are now exchanged you will need to appoint a conveyancing practitioner as a matter of urgency as you now have a fast approaching a drop dead date to complete the deal. An auction property will ordinarily have a corresponding legal pack. This will likely include most,if not all of the paperwork that your solicitor will need. Where you are dealing with leasehold premises the conveyancing pack should provide a copy of the lease, management information and a sellers leasehold information form and associated conveyancing documentation relating to a leasehold property. You should give this to the lawyer working for you ASAP. Do make sure that you have funds organised to complete on the on the contractual date .

When it comes to lenders such as TSB, do New Forest solicitors face a fee to be on the conveyancing panel?

We are unaware of any lender fees to be on their panel, although some do charge an administration charge to deal with the processing of the conveyancing panel submission.

Last month we had a mortgage agreed in principle with Lloyds. New Forest conveyancing practitioners are selected. What is the average time that one could expect to receive a mortgage offer from Lloyds?

Some lenders take longer than others. Have Lloyds completed the valuation? Have you informed Lloyds as to your lawyers' details and checked that your lawyers are on the Lloyds conveyancing panel? It is not unusual for a mortgage offer to take a month to come through.

Will my conveyancer be making enquiries concerning flooding as part of the conveyancing in New Forest.

Flooding is a growing risk for solicitors dealing with homes in New Forest. There are those who acquire a house in New Forest, fully expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, leaving to one side the physical damage, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to obtain a mortgage, adequate insurance cover, or dispose of the premises. Steps can be carried out as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.

Conveyancers are not best placed to impart advice on flood risk, but there are a various searches that can be initiated by the buyer or on a buyer’s behalf which will figure out the risks in New Forest. The conventional set of property information forms supplied to a buyer’s conveyancer (where the Conveyancing Protocol is adopted) includes a usual inquiry of the vendor to find out whether the premises has suffered from flooding. In the event that the property has been flooded in past which is not revealed by the vendor, then a buyer may commence a legal claim for losses stemming from an inaccurate response. A buyer’s solicitors should also commission an environmental report. This should disclose if there is any known flood risk. If so, further investigations will need to be made.

Yesterday I discovered that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on last month in what should have been a quick, no chain conveyancing. New Forest is the location of the property. What do you suggest?

Flying freeholds in New Forest are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in New Forest you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds very carefully. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in New Forest may determine 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 premises.

What does commercial conveyancing in New Forest cover?

New Forest conveyancing for business premises covers a wide array of services, supplied by qualified solicitors, relating to business property. By way of example, this type of conveyancing can cover the sale or purchase of freehold business premises or, more commonly, the assignment of existing business tenancies or the drafting of new leasing arrangements. Commercial conveyancing solicitors can also offer advice on the sale of business assets, commercial mortgages and the termination of tenancies.

I own a leasehold flat in New Forest. Conveyancing was finished in five years ago. I have read on a number of advice forums that I should not let the lease length get too low. What is the reasoning?

New Forest domestic long term leases are for a fixed period - usually just under one hundred years when they commenced. However a significant flats in New Forest were built or converted in the 70’s80’s and so such leases now have under eighty years remaining. That may seem like a long time but Banks, Building Societies and other mortgage institutions tend to need leases to have at least 75 years left to be mortgageable. Accordingly when you come to sell the property you will need to extend the term of your lease if you are approaching eighty years. To enhance the saleability of your property you should be thinking about whether to extend your lease well in advance of selling the property. There are also strong financial reasons to doing so before the lease hits 80 years as when the lease falls below 80 years the amount to be paid to extend starts to escalate.

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Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in New Forest regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in New Forest specialising in commercial conveyancing in New Forest. This could include advice on commercial leases including all matters relating to landlord and tenant law
  • Ross Carter, Fairhaven, Rhinefield Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7SQ

Residential in New Forest is a complex business, both legally and administratively. The exact order of events varies slightly, below are some of the tasks in the process.

  • Taking instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Examining the title to the property
  • Ordering New Forest conveyancing searches with respect to the title
  • Assessing draft contract and other papers supplied by the owner’s property lawyer
  • Raising queries with the vendor’s property lawyer
  • Agreeing the wording of the sale contract
  • Going through replies prepared by the vendor to pre-contract enquiries
  • Agreeing the wording for the Transfer Deed for completion
  • Guiding the purchasing in respect of the loan offer: (if applicable)
  • Drafting and sending the purchaser a report on title (that is; a breakdown of all findings on the property)
  • Proceeding to exchange of contracts and then preparing for completion
  • Preparing and submitting to HM Revenue and Customs the correct stamp duty forms and payment
  • Dealing with the registration procedures for the buyer and the mortgage (if relevant) at the Land Registry.

Typically, New Forest conveyancing for a sale has some of the following tasks

  • Taking instructions from the appropriate parties
  • Investigating the title to the property
  • Preparing contract and related papers
  • Submitting draft papers to the conveyancing practitioner retained by the buyer
  • Negotiating contracts and responding to further enquires from the purchaser’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Finalising the transfer document
  • Answering requisitions raised by the buyer’s conveyancing practitioner
  • Carrying out the key stage of exchanging contracts and then completion formalities
  • Receiving sale proceeds and sending funds to the seller, the estate agent and redeeming the mortgage (if appropriate)

*Source acknowledgement: House price data produced by Land Registry as well data supplied by Lexsure Ltd.

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