I am need of leasehold conveyancing for an apartment in a fairly new development (seven years built) in Portslade. 95% of the properties are already disposed of. Is it really necessary to order local searches for my conveyancing in Portslade?
Conveyancing Searches are a central link in the Portslade conveyancing process. There are hundreds companies delivering Portslade conveyancing searches, as well direct from the local authority. These are usually referred to as personal search providers due to them carrying out, personal searches. Nevertheless, all Local Authority Search conveyancing products have one thing in common - they must secure their data from the local authoritative source.
Will my solicitor be raising questions concerning flooding during the conveyancing in Portslade.
Flooding is a growing risk for solicitors dealing with homes in Portslade. There are those who purchase a house in Portslade, fully expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical destruction, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, suitable insurance cover, or dispose of the property. There are steps that can be taken as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.
Conveyancers are not best placed to give advice on flood risk, but there are a numerous checks that may be undertaken by the buyer or on a buyer’s behalf which will give them a better understanding of the risks in Portslade. The standard information supplied to a buyer’s lawyer (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) contains a standard inquiry of the owner to find out whether the premises has historically flooded. If flooding has previously occurred which is not notified by the vendor, then a buyer could bring a compensation claim as a result of such an incorrect reply. The buyer’s lawyers should also conduct an environmental search. This will reveal if there is a recorded flood risk. If so, more detailed investigations should be conducted.
I am purchasing my first flat in Portslade with a loan from Nottingham Building Society. The builders would not reduce the amount so I negotiated five thousand pounds worth of fixtures and fittings instead. The house builders rep suggested that I not reveal to my conveyancer about this side-deal as it may impact my loan with Nottingham Building Society. Is this normal?.
All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the developer 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.
Due to the guidance of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Portslade ahead of appointing solicitors. I have been advised that there is a flying freehold overhang to the house. My surveyor advised that some lenders will refuse to give a mortgage on such a property.
It depends who your proposed lender is. Bank of Scotland has different instructions for example to Birmingham Midshires. If you contact us we can investigate further via the relevant mortgage company. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are used to dealing with flying freeholds in Portslade. Conveyancing may be slightly more expensive based on your lender's requirements.
We're first time buyers - agreed a price, but the estate agent advised that the vendor will only go ahead if we use their preferred conveyancers as they are insisting on an ‘expedited deal’. My instinct tells me that we should use a local solicitor used to conveyancing in Portslade
It is improbable the owners are behind this. If they desire ‘a quick sale', alienating a serious purchaser is not the way to achieve this. Bypass the agents and go straight to the sellers and explain that (a)you are motivated purchasers (b)you are excited to move forward, with finances arranged © you do not need to sell (d) you intend to proceed fast (e)but you will continue to use your own,trusted Portslade conveyancing firm - not the ones that will provide their negotiator at the agency a commission or achieve conveyancing thresholds pre-set by head office.
Can you offer any advice when it comes to choosing a Portslade conveyancing practice to deal with our lease extension?
If you are instructing a property lawyer for lease extension works (regardless if they are a Portslade conveyancing firm) it is imperative that they be familiar with the legislation and specialises in this area of conveyancing. We advise that you talk with several firms including non Portslade conveyancing practices prior to instructing a firm. If the firm is ALEP accredited then so much the better. The following questions could be useful:
If they are not ALEP accredited then why not? What volume of lease extensions have they completed in Portslade in the last twenty four months?
Leasehold Conveyancing in Portslade - A selection of Queries Prior to Purchasing
Most Portslade leasehold flats will be liable to pay a service charge for maintenance of the building levied on behalf of the management company. Should you acquire the property you will have to meet this liability, usually periodically accross the year. This can vary from a few hundred pounds to thousands of pounds for large purpose-built blocks. In all likelihood there will be a rentcharge for you to pay annual, ordinarily this is not a large sum, say about £50-£100 but you should to check as sometimes it can be surprisingly expensive. Is the freehold owned jointly by the leaseholders? How much is the service charge and ground rent on the property?