I am five weeks into the sale of my maisonette in Polegate and the estate agent has just called to advise that the buyers are swapping solicitor. I am told that this is due to the fact that the bank will only engage with solicitors on their conveyancing panel. On what basis would a leading lender only engage with certain law firms rather the firm that they want to choose to handle their conveyancing in Polegate ?
UK lenders have always had an approved set of law firms that can represent them, but in recent years big names such as Lloyds Banking Group, have reviewed and reduced their conveyancing panel– in some cases removing conveyancing firms who have worked with them for more than 15 years.
Mortgage companies blame a rise in fraud by way of justification for the cull – criteria have been tightened as a smaller panel is easier to maintain. Banks tend not to reveal how many solicitors have been dropped, claiming the information is commercially sensitive, but the Law Society says it is being contacted daily by practices that have been removed from panels. Plenty of firms do not even realise they have been dropped until contacted by a borrower who has instructed them as might be the situation in your buyers' case. Your buyers are not going to have any sway in the decision.
I require conveyancing for an apartment in a relatively new development (6 years built) in Polegate. The vast majority the appartments are already sold. Do I need carry out the neighbourhood searches for my conveyancing in Polegate?
A big part of the Polegate conveyancing process is the conveyancing searches. There are a large number of companies conducting Polegate conveyancing searches, as well straight from the local authority. These are usually referred to as personal search companies due to them carrying out, personal searches. However, all Local Authority Search conveyancing products have one thing in common - they must obtain their information from the local authoritative source.
I own a freehold residence in Polegate but nevertheless charged rent, why is this and what is this?
It’s unusual for properties in Polegate and has limited impact for conveyancing in Polegate but some freehold properties in England (particularly common in North West England) pay an annual sum known as a Chief Rent or a Rentcharge to a third party who has no other legal interest in the land.
Rentcharge payments are usually between £2.00 and £5.00 per year. Rentcharges have existed for hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the creation of new rentcharges from 1977 onwards.
Old rentcharges can now be extinguished by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence in 2037 is to be dispensed with completely.
The Polegate conveyancing lawyers that I recently instructed on my house acquisition in Polegate have without warning closed. I only went with them because I had to have a firm on the Virgin Money conveyancing panel and my family Polegate 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?
If you have an estate agent involved then let them know immediately so that they can let the sellers know that there may be a slight delay due to the problems encountered. 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 Virgin Money 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 may be able to assist.
I am buying a new build house in Polegate benefiting from help to buy. The developers would not reduce the amount so I negotiated 6k of additionals instead. The property agent advised me not inform my lawyer about this deal as it may adversely affect my loan with The Royal Bank of Scotland. Should I keep quiet?.
All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder of any new build, converted or renovated property, It is available online from the Lenders’ Handbook page on the CML website. CML form is completed and handed to the lender's surveyor when the inspection is done.
Lenders have different policies on incentives. Some accept none at all, cash or physical, while others will accept cash incentives up to 5%.
Hard to understand why the representative of a builder would be suggesting you withold information from a solicitor when all this will be clearly visible on forms the builder has to supply to its solicitor, the buyer's solicitor and the surveyor.
Can you offer any advice when it comes to appointing a Polegate conveyancing practice to carry out our lease extension conveyancing?
When appointing a solicitor for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Polegate conveyancing practice) it is most important that he or she should be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We suggest that you talk with two or three firms including non Polegate conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then that’s a bonus. The following questions could be of use:
What are the costs for lease extension conveyancing?
I invested in buying a garden flat in Polegate, conveyancing formalities finalised in 1997. How much will my lease extension cost? Comparable properties in Polegate with a long lease are worth £206,000. The average or mid-range amount of ground rent is £45 yearly. The lease comes to an end on 21st October 2089
With 66 years unexpired the likely cost is going to range between £11,400 and £13,200 plus plus your own and the landlord's "reasonable" professional fees.
The figure that we have given is a general guide to costs for extending a lease, but we cannot give you the actual costs without more detailed due diligence. Do not use this information in tribunal or court proceedings. There are no doubt additional issues that need to be taken into account and clearly you should be as accurate as possible in your negotiations. You should not move forward placing reliance on this information before getting professional advice.