My uncle pointed out to me me that in buying a property in Rickmansworth there could be various restrictions affecting the ability to carry out external changes to a property. Is this right?
We are aware of a number of properties in Rickmansworth which have some sort of restriction or requirement of consent to external alterations. Part of the conveyancing in Rickmansworth should determine what restrictions are applicable and advising you as part of a ROT that should be sent to you.
I am currently in the process of buying my council flat in Rickmansworth. I have a mortgage offer with Nationwide. Conveyancing is not something I have any knowledge of. Can I proceed without a solicitor easily? I think we can but we keep being told I should have one. Any advice?
It is not advisable to proceed with a house purchase without a solicitor. The council's solicitor are not acting for you. You need a solicitor for a number reasons. One of which is to verify what plans the Council have for repairs and refurbishment for the next five years. Many leaseholders have been stung for contributions of thousands of pounds. In any event, if you are getting a mortgage with Nationwide, you will need to appoint a solicitor on the Nationwide conveyancing panel.
Leeds Building Society have agreed my home loan in principle, my offer on a property in Rickmansworth has been agreed to, what are the next steps?
The estate agent will want to be advised as to your lawyer's details (make sure the solicitors are on the bank’s approved list). Call up Leeds Building Society or your financial adviser and complete any relevant documentation. Leeds Building Society will appoint a valuer who will get in touch with the estate agent or seller to arrange an appointment. Once conducted (assuming no problems) it takes on average a fortnight to receive the mortgage offer. Leeds Building Society will issue the offer to you and your conveyancing practitioners. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Rickmansworth.
I used Wolstenholmes several years past for my conveyancing in Rickmansworth. I now require my file however cannot find the solicitor. What do I do?
You should call the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to help locate your conveyancing files. They can be contacted on please contact on 0870 606 2555. Alternatively, you should use their online form to make an enquiry. You will need to provide the SRA with as much information as possible to assist their search, including the name and address in Rickmansworth of the conveyancing firm of solicitors you previously retained, the name of conveyancing solicitor with whom you had dealings, and the date on which you last had dealings with the firm.
Just had an offer accepted on a new build flat in Rickmansworth. Conveyancing is daunting at the best of times but I have never purchased a new build flat before. What sort of enquires would be asked in new build legal work.
Set out below are examples of a few leasehold new build enquiries that you can expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Rickmansworth
Please confirm the Lease plans are architect prepared. If there are lifts in the building, please confirm that the owners of flats on the ground and basement floors will not be required to contribute towards the cost of maintenance and renewal. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. The Lease must contain a provision on behalf of the Vendor to pay the service charges in respect of unoccupied units in order to ensure that all services can be provided. The Landlord must covenant to assume the management if the Management Company goes into liquidation or otherwise defaults in running the management scheme.
Due to the advice of my in-laws I had a survey completed on a house in Rickmansworth prior to appointing solicitors. I have been told that there is a flying freehold element to the property. The surveyor has said that some banks tend refuse to give a loan on such a house.
It depends who your proposed lender is. HSBC has different instructions for example to Halifax. Should you wish to telephone us we can check via the relevant lender. If you lender is happy to lend one our lawyers can help as they are accustomed to dealing with flying freeholds in Rickmansworth. Conveyancing will be smoother if you use a solicitor in Rickmansworth especially if they are familiar with such properties in Rickmansworth.
As co-executor for the estate of my uncle I am selling a residence in Cardiff but live in Rickmansworth. My lawyer (approximately 235 kilometers awayhas requested that I execute a stat dec prior to the transaction finalising. Could you suggest a conveyancing solicitor in Rickmansworth to witness this legal document for me?
Technically speaking you are unlikely to be required to have the documents witnessed by a conveyancing solicitor. Normally or notary public or solicitor will suffice regardless of whether they are based in Rickmansworth
Having checked my lease I have discovered that there are only 72 years left on my lease in Rickmansworth. I now wish to get lease extension but my freeholder is can not be found. What are my options?
On the basis that you qualify, under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 you can apply to the County Court for for permission to dispense with the service of the initial notice. This will mean that your lease can be extended by the magistrate. You will be obliged to prove that you or your lawyers have done all that could be expected to find the freeholder. On the whole a specialist may be useful to carry out a search and to produce an expert document which can be used as proof that the freeholder is indeed missing. It is advisable to get professional help from a conveyancer in relation to devolving into the landlord’s absence and the application to the County Court covering Rickmansworth.
After years of correspondence we cannot agree with our landlord on how much the lease extension should cost for our flat in Rickmansworth. Does the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal have jurisdiction to calculate the appropriate figures?
You certainly can. We are happy to put you in touch with a Rickmansworth conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension case for a Rickmansworth residence is Flats 8, 11 and 15 Craigmore Court 46 Murray Road in December 2013. The tribunal held that the price payable by the Applicant tenant of Flat 8 to acquire an extended lease shall be £26,438 plus £1 to the intermediate lessee . The tribunal held that the price payable by the Applicant tenants of Flat 11 to acquire an extended lease shall be £26,791 plus £1 to the intermediate lessee. The tribunal held that the price payable by the Applicant tenant of Flat 15 to acquire an extended lease shall be £26,638 plus £1 to the intermediate lessee . This case was in relation to 3 flats. The unexpired lease term was 71 years.