My brother and I have just bought a property in Tavistock. We have since encountered a number of issues with the property which we believe were omitted in the conveyancing searches. Is there anything we can do? What searches should? have been conducted as part of conveyancing in Tavistock?
It is not clear from the question as what problems have arisen and if they are relate to conveyancing in Tavistock. Conveyancing searches and investigations initiated during the buying process are designed to help avoid problems. As part of the legal transfer of property, the vendor completes a form referred to as a Seller’s Property Information Form. answers is incorrect, you may have a misrepresentation claim against the owner 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 Tavistock.
Our bank has suggested a law firm on their panel based in Tavistock but I would rather use a conveyancing lawyer in Tavistock or nearer to where I live. Are you able to help?
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I'm the single beneficiary of my late father’s estate and I have everything in my name now, including the house in Tavistock. Conveyancing formalities meant that the Land Registry date was in August. I plan to dispose of the property. I do know about the CML six month 'rule', which means that my proprietorship may be considered the same way as though I had purchased the house in August. Do I have to wait 6 months to sell?
The CML handbook obliges solicitors to: "report to us immediately if the owner or registered proprietor has been registered for less than six months." By the strict wording you may be affected by that. How sensible a view banks take of it, depend on the lender as this clause is principally there to pick up on the purchase and immediately sell or the wholesaling and assigning of properties.
We had selected conveyancers with offices in Tavistock on the Nottingham solicitor panel. They have just invoiced me a separate sum for dealing with the Nottingham mortgage. Is this an additional conveyancing fee specified by Nottingham?
Unfortunately, so long as it is in their Terms of Engagement or Quote then yes your property lawyer may charge a fee for this. This fee is not dictated by Nottingham but by your Tavistock lawyer. Numerous firms on the Nottingham panel will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee but many firms incorporate it on their overall fee.
We have agreed to purchase a house in Tavistock. An unusual aspect is that the roof has a solar panel. Co-operative have issued a mortgage offer so presumably this is not a concern to them. Why is my solicitor raising questions about the panel?
Given that your lender is Co-operative your lawyer must check the conveyancing instructions contained in Part two of UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook for Co-operative. The CML Handbook includes minimum specifications for solar panel roof-space leases, and conveyancers are required to report to Co-operative where a lease does not meet these conditions. The provisions relate to the installation of panels on properties nationwide and is not limited to Tavistock.
I have recentlydiscovered that Action Conveyancing have been shut down. They conducted my conveyancing in Tavistock for a purchase of a leasehold flat 10 months ago. How can I check that the property is not still registered in the name of the former proprietor?
The quickest way to see if the premises is in your name, you can carry out a search of the land registry (£3.00). You can either do this yourself or ask a law firm to do this for you. If you are not registered you can seek help from one of a number of Tavistock conveyancing specialists.
Last March I purchased a leasehold flat in Tavistock. Am I liable to pay service charges for periods before my ownership?
In a situation where the service charge has already been demanded from the previous owner and they have not paid you would not usually be personally liable for the arrears. However, your landlord may still be able to take action to forfeit the lease. It is an essential part of leasehold conveyancing for your conveyancer to be sure to have an up to date clear service charge receipt before completion of your purchase. If you have a mortgage this is likely to be a requirement of your lender.
If you purchase part way through an accounting year you may be liable for charges not yet demanded even if they relate to a period prior to your purchase. In such circumstances your conveyancer would normally arrange for the seller to set aside some money to cover their part of the period (usually called a service charge retention).
Tavistock Conveyancing for Leasehold Flats - Sample of Queries Prior to buying
Its a good idea to find out as much as you can regarding the company managing the block as they can either make your life much simpler or a lot more difficult. As the proprietor of a leasehold property you are frequently at the mercy of the managing agents from a financial perspective and when it comes to practical matters such as the cleanliness of the common parts. Enquire of prospective neighbours whether they are happy with their service. In conclusion, find out the dates that the service charges are due to the managing agents and specifically what it includes. How is the lease structured? The answer will be helpful as a) areas can cause problems for the block as the communal areas may start to deteriorate if services remain unpaid b) if the leaseholders have a dispute with the running of the building you will need to have full disclosure
I yesterday found out that one of the directors of the conveyancing practice acting on the purchase conveyancing in Tavistock is is the father of the vendor. Is this permitted?
As long as no conflict arises this should be fine. Where you are obtaining a home loan then the lender may have a say as many banks have specific requirements concerning this. For example for Coventry Building Society as of 13/9/2020, the requirements read as follows :