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  • 1 Experience means that Totnes conveyancer have established very good connections with Totnes local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and house builders enabling them to liaise at speed with all parties involved in the process of handling your conveyancing in Totnes.
  • 2 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might seem attractive. However, these firms are often based hundreds of kilometers away with limited understanding of the factors that impact property transactions in Totnes
  • 3 Totnes property lawyers work in partnership with Totnes estate agents, house builders, surveyors, banks and other professionals to ensure that a quality service is offered to buyers and sellers every step of the way, ensuring the smoothest, most stress-free process possible
  • 4 We are the UKs most comprehensive domestic conveyancing directory service identifying lender approved law firms delivering conveyancing in Totnes regulated and authorised by the SRA or CLC.
  • 5 You can gain comfort when you choose the very best, most recommended conveyancing solicitors. Totnes has a number to choose from, but for a truly dependable and dependable service many local people have been use the endorsement of this site.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Totnes since February 2024*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Totnes

I own a freehold residence in Totnes but still invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?

It’s unusual for properties in Totnes and has limited impact for conveyancing in Totnes 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 date back many centuries, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of fresh 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 after 2037 is to be extinguished.

My wife and I are purchasing a flat in Totnes. It might be a silly question but how we can trust a lawyer? On the day of competition we have to send our life savings into their account. What is the protection we have from them run away with our deposit?

Be assured that all money in a Solicitors client account is 100% safe, and even if your Solicitor ran off with it, the Law Society would reimburse you fully.

If you had a top tip for choosing a conveyancing solicitor in Totnes what would it be?

It would be unwise to be seduced by the cheapest Totnes conveyancing quote. You really do get what you’re paying for when it comes to conveyancing solicitors. A cheap quote may mean that the conveyancing solicitor is handling a lot of jobs at one time and you won’t get the quality of service and the attention that you need. It is, however, wise to use a conveyancer who has a fixed fee on a no sale, no fee basis. This way, you go into the conveyancing with your eyes wide open.

We previously selected conveyancers with offices in Totnes on the Co-operative solicitor approved list. They are now charging me a further charge for handling the Co-operative mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by Co-operative?

As unfair as it may seem, as long as it’s in their Terms and Conditions or Quote then yes your solicitor can charge a fee for this. The fee is not dictated by Co-operative but by your Totnes property lawyer. Numerous firms on the Co-operative panel will charge an ‘acting for lender’ fee and others do not.

I understand that there are debates on Chancel Insurance on online forums. Do I require this when purchasing a residence in Totnes? or Apparently there is a law dating back centuries that means some house owners residing in a parish church boundary may be liable to contribute towards repairs towards the chancel in proximity to the church. Is this suitable for conveyancing in Totnes?

Unless a prior acquisition of the property completed post 12 October 2013 you may expect solicitors handling conveyancing in Totnes to remain recommending a chancel search and or chancel repair liability policy.

Just had an offer accepted on a new build apartment in Totnes. 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 conveyancing.

Set out below is a sample of a selection of leasehold new build questions that you may expect your new-build leasehold conveyancing in Totnes

    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. Will the freehold then be transferred for a nominal consideration (not exceeding £100) to the Management Company? Please confirm the Lease plans are surveyor prepared. Forfeiture - bankruptcy or liquidation must not apply under this provision. Where there is an Undertaking being granted there is the risk of forfeiture of the Headlease subject to relief if one or more of the Underlessees are willing to accept the original Head Lessee’s obligations as otherwise relief will be denied to the Underlessees. The only alternatives are the Head Lessor agreeing not to forfeit the Headlease or the Head Lessee guaranteeing to the Underlessees that it will not be in breach of the Headlease.

I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold issue on a house I have offered on a fortnight ago in what was supposed to be a quick, no chain conveyancing. Totnes is where the house is located. What do you suggest?

Flying freeholds in Totnes are rare but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even though you don't necessarily need a conveyancing solicitor in Totnes you would need to get your solicitor to go through the deeds diligently. Your mortgage company may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in Totnes may decide that this is not enough and that the deeds be re-written to give you the most up to date legal protection. If so, the next door neighbour also had to sign up to the revised deeds.It is possible that your lender will not accept the situation so the sooner you find out the better. You should also check with your insurance broker as to whether they will insure a flying freehold premises.

My wife and I are purchasing a ground floor flat in Totnes. At the time of instructing our solicitor, they told us that they were on all major UK mortgage company panels. Our mortgage broker contacted us just now to say that they are not on the Leeds Building Society approved list. Should that be true, what should we do? Do we just choose a new solicitor that is on their approved list or should we cover the costs for dual representation, with Leeds Building Society appointing their own preferred conveyancer.

If you are purchasing a property requiring a mortgage it is normal for the purchaser’s solicitors to also act for the purchaser's lender. In order to act for a bank or building society a conveyancer has to be on that lender's list of approved lawyers. An application has to be made by the conveyancer to the lender to become a member of the lender's panel and there are increasingly strict conditions which the property lawyer has to meet. Some mortgage companies now require their panel firms to be part of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Accreditation Scheme. Your property lawyer should contact Leeds Building Society to find out if they can apply for membership of their conveyancing panel, but if that is not viable they will instruct their own lawyers to represent them. You are not legally obliged to appoint a law firm on Leeds Building Society's conveyancing panel as you are at liberty to use your preferred Totnes lawyers, in which case it will likely add costs, and it may delay matters as you have another set of people involved.

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Residential Landlord and Tenant Conveyancing solicitors in Totnes

The firms listed below are a non-comprehensive list of solicitors in Totnes with expertise in landlord and tenant law and on the regulations governing different types of tenancies. This should include advice on wrongful eviction

  • Windeatts, 19 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NW
  • Bartons.co.uk.limited, 9 Town Quay, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DW
  • Knapman & Co, Dendy House, 16 Dendy Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5DB
  • Michael W Pipe, Geneva House, 10 Dendy Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5DB
  • Gowmans, 65 Hyde Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BT

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Totnes regulated by the SRA

The firms listed below are a small selection of solicitors in Totnes specialising in commercial conveyancing in Totnes. This will likely include advice on granting a lease to a commercial tenant
  • Windeatts, 19 High Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5NW
  • Bartons.co.uk.limited, 9 Town Quay, The Plains, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5DW
  • Knapman & Co, Dendy House, 16 Dendy Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5DB
  • Michael W Pipe, Geneva House, 10 Dendy Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5DB
  • Gowmans, 65 Hyde Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 5BT

What to expect from a Licensed Conveyancer for conveyancing in Totnes?

Licensed Conveyancers support the transfer of ownership of a property from one person to another and cover conveyancing countrywide not just Totnes. If instructing a Licensed Conveyancer regulated by the CLC, you can expect:
  • Have an honest and lawful service.
  • Enjoy the benefit of a high standard of legal services.
  • Be supplied with your conveyancing dealt with using care, skill and legal competence.
  • Receive a high quality of service due to your lawyer’s arrangements, resources, procedures, skills and commitment.
  • Receive a service which is accessible and responsive to your specific requirements.
  • You should not consider yourself discriminated against, victimised or harassed.
  • To receive the level you could expect, however, if you do your lawyer accepts responsibility for this and provides you with any appropriate redress.
  • Have your individual needs taken into account should a complaint be necessary.
  • Have a timeous, objective and comprehensive service where if a complaint is made about your conveyancing in Totnes.

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