The Notting Hill conveyancing firm that I recently instructed on my purchase in Notting Hill have without warning shut down. I chose them because I had to have a firm on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel and my family Notting Hill lawyer was not. I gave my credit card details for them to take one hundred and fifty pounds for searches. What should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then inform them straight away so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Bank of Ireland conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new solicitors should be in a position to assist.
I need some expedited conveyancing in Notting Hill as I am under pressure to complete inside one month. Luckily I do not require a mortgage. Is it possible to avoid the conveyancing searches to save money and time?
If.Given you are not taking a mortgage you are at free not to do searches although no conveyancer would advise that you don't. With plenty of history conveyancing in Notting Hill the following are examples of what can be revealed and adversely affect future mortgageability: Enforcement Notices, Outstanding Fees, Outstanding Grants, Railway Schemes,...
Me and my brother own a 4 bedroom Georgian house in Notting Hill. Conveyancing solicitor represented me and Coventry Building Society. I happened to do a free search for it on the Land Registry database and there are two entries: the first freehold, the second leasehold under the exact same property. If a house is not a freehold shouldn't I have been informed?
You should read the Freehold register you have again and check the Charges Register as there may be mention of a lease. The best way to be sure that you are also the registered owner of the leasehold and freehold title as well is to check (£3). It is not completely unheard of in Notting Hill and other areas of the country and poses no real issues for owners other than when they mortgage they have to account for both freehold and leasehold interests when dealing with buyers. You can also question the situation with your conveyancing lawyer who conducted the conveyancing.
Given that I am about to spend £400,000 on a garden flat in Notting Hill I wish to have a conversation with the solicitor about myhome move prior to appointing the firm. Is this something that you can arrange?
Absolutely - it is our preference to talk to you we do not take any clients on without you liaising with the solicitor due to be carrying out your property ownership legalities in Notting Hill.There is no ‘factory style conveyancing’ - every client is unique person, not a matter number. The practices that we put you in touch with believe that the fees you are quoted for your conveyancing in Notting Hill should be the amount on the final invoice that you are charged.
My partner and I may need to let out our Notting Hill ground floor flat for a while due to a career opportunity. We instructed a Notting Hill conveyancing firm in 2003 but they have closed and we did not think at the time get any guidance as to whether the lease permits subletting. How do we find out?
A lease governs the relationship between the freeholder and you the leaseholder; in particular, it will set out if subletting is banned, or permitted but only subject to certain conditions. The rule is that if the lease contains no expres ban or restriction, subletting is permitted. The majority of leases in Notting Hill do not contain strict prohibition on subletting – such a clause would undoubtedly devalue the flat. Instead, there is usually simply a requirement that the owner notifies the freeholder, possibly sending a duplicate of the tenancy agreement.
I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord for a lease extension without any joy. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal decide on such matters? Can you recommend a Notting Hill conveyancing firm to act on my behalf?
You certainly can. We can put you in touch with a Notting Hill conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension decision for a Notting Hill premises is 2 Grove House 95 Addison Road in October 2013. the Tribunal decided that the premium to bepaid for a new lease is £50,050. This case was in relation to 1 flat. The unexpired residue of the current lease was 68.4 years.
I need to switch lawyers as my Notting Hill lawyer is not on the bank's approved list of conveyancing solicitors. Is it practical to instruct different lawyers?
If you haven't yet instructed a conveyancer to commence the conveyancing and have just received quotes, you're perfectly free to choose a different solicitor to carry out your work for you. The best way is to get recommendations from friends or family who have actually used the solicitor or conveyancer in Notting Hill that you're considering.