When looking at online forums for a recommended lawyer in Totland, many advise that I must instruct a CQS accredited solicitor. What is CQS?
Totland Conveyancing Quality Scheme solicitors have been granted certification by the law Society The Law Society created CQS to promote high standards in the home legal process. CQS enables consumers to recognise solicitor firms who provide a quality residential conveyancing. Totland is one of locations in England and Wales in which CQS have a presence. The conveyancing scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-certification, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is available to solicitors and not licensed conveyancers and has the support of the Building Societies Association.
Does a directory service exist listing Nationwide panel solicitors in Totland on the Building Society Association’s Website?
Unfortunately not yet. There is no such facility on the Council of Mortgage Lenders or Building Society Association sites. A small selection of banks make their panel listings available over the internet. If you are looking for a Totland solicitor on the Nationwide please make the most of our facility.
How can we know in advance if a Totland conveyancing solicitor on the RBS panel is any good?
When it comes to conveyancing in Totland seeking recommendations is a sensible starting point. Before you go ahead, check if they offer a no sale no fee offer. Also, you often get what you pay for - a firm which quotes more, will often provide a better service than one advertising the lowest fees. We would always suggest that you speak with the lawyer conducting your transaction.
Our sealed bid on a detached house in Totland has been accepted, the owners do however have a tied purchase. The owners have offered on somewhere, but it’s not yet agreed to, and are looking at other apartments in the pipeline. I have selected a local conveyancing solicitor in Totland. What should be my next step? When do I get the mortgage application with HSBC started?
It is normal to have anxieties where there is a chain as you are unlikely to want to be too out of pocket too early (mortgage application is approx one thousand pounds, then valuation, Totland conveyancing search charges, etc). First, you must check that your property lawyer is on the HSBC approved list. As to the subsequent steps this very much depends on the uniqueness of your transaction, desire for this property and on the state of the market. During a buoyant market many buyers would apply for a home loan with HSBC and pay for the valuation and only if it was satisfactory would they request their property lawyer to proceed with the conveyancing in Totland.
I am planning on selling our home in Totland and the buyers lawyers are claiming that there is a risk of it being built on contaminated land. Any local lawyer would know that there is no such problem. It does beg the question why the purchasers used a web based conveyancing practice rather than a conveyancing solicitor in Totland. Having lived in Totland for three years we know that this is a non issue. Do we get in touch with our local Authority to get confirmation need.
It sounds as though you may have a conveyancing firm currently acting for you. What do they say? You should enquire of your lawyer before you do anything. It is very possible that once the local authority has been informed of a potential issue it cannot be insured against (a bit like being diagnosed with a serious illness and then taking out health insurance to cover that same illness)
I am purchasing a new build house in Totland with the aid of help to buy. The developers refused to reduce the price so I negotiated five thousand pounds worth of fixtures and fittings instead. The estate agent told me not reveal to my conveyancer about this extras as it may impact my loan with Virgin Money. Should I keep quiet?.
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.
Is it possible to switch solicitor as I have to appoint a firm on the Birmingham Midshires conveyancing panel. I instructed a high street conveyancing solicitor in Totland round the corner but she is not accepted by Birmingham Midshires
It would be our pleasure to help you select a conveyancing solicitor in Totland on the Birmingham Midshires panel. Please note that the solicitors that we on the directory do not pay us a referral fee if you instruct them and are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority who regulate all conveyancing solicitors in Totland. Using the find a conveyancing solicitor tool on this site, you can compare charges for conveyancing solicitors in Totland and throughout England and Wales.
I am attracted to a two flats in Totland both have in the region of fifty years remaining on the leases. Should I regard a short lease as a deal breaker?
There are no two ways about it. A leasehold flat in Totland is a wasting asset as a result of the shortening lease. The closer the lease gets to its expiry date, the more it adversely affects the salability of the property. The majority of buyers and lenders, leases with under 75 years become less and less attractive. On a more upbeat note, leaseholders can extend their leases by serving a Section 42 Notice. One stipulation is that they must have owned the property for two years (unlike a Section 13 notice for purchasing the freehold, when leaseholders can participate from day one of ownership). When successful, they will have the right to an extension of 90 years to the current term and ground rent is effectively reduced to zero. Before moving forward with a purchase of premises with a short lease term remaining you should talk to a solicitor specialising in lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement. We are are happy to put you in touch with Totland conveyancing experts who will explain the options available to you during an initial telephone conversation free of charge. A more straightforward and quicker method of extending would be to contact your landlord directly and sound him out on the prospect of extending the lease. You may find he or she is happy to negotiate informally and willing to consider your offer straight off, without having to involve anyone else. This will save you time and money and it could help you reach a lower price on the lease. You need to ensure that any new terms represent good long-term value compared with the standard benefits of the Section 42 Notice and that onerous clauses are not inserted into any redrafting of the lease.
Totland Leasehold Conveyancing - A selection of Queries before buying
How much is the ground rent and service charge? It is important to be aware whether changing the roof or some other significant cost is coming up that will be shared amongst the leasehold owners and could well dramatically impact the level of the service fees or result in a one off payment. Who takes responsibility for maintaining and repairing the building?