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Main reasons to let us assist you find a high street conveyancing solicitor in Upminster

  • 1 Our site offers most comprehensive domestic conveyancing directory service identifying lender approved law practices carrying out conveyancing in Upminster registered with the SRA or CLC.
  • 2 Over the years Upminster lawyer have developed excellent connections with Upminster local estate agents, banks, building societies, landlords and property developers enabling them to liaise at speed with all concerned in the process of undertaking your conveyancing in Upminster.
  • 3 Upminster property lawyers work in conjunction with Upminster estate agents, house builders, surveyors, mortgage companies and other professionals to make sure that the highest level of service is offered to home movers every step of the way, ensuring the smoothest, most stress-free process possible
  • 4 Cut price packages from online conveyancers might be tempting. However, these organisations are often based hundreds of kilometers away with limited appreciation of the factors that impact property transactions in Upminster
  • 5 Solicitor conveyancing firms have excellent personal links with Upminster estate agents and work very closely with them and local surveyors so as to ensure transactions proceed expeditiously.

Examples of recent conveyancing in Upminster since February 2022*

Recently asked questions about conveyancing in Upminster

I have 70 years unexpired on my lease and require a lease extension for my apartment in Upminster. Conveyancing solicitors on the Nationwide Building Society panel can deal with such extensions correct?

Most leasehold conveyancing experts should be able to deal with a lease extension. if you are obtaining a mortgage then your lender may insist that the lease be extended before competition. Nationwide Building Society have specific requirements as set out in the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook in relation to minimum unexpired lease terms. As of 16/5/2022 the requirements read as follows :

- Our minimum unexpired lease term is 55 years.
- There must be at least 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term (regardless of the length of lease at the start).

Where the unexpired lease term is different to that recorded on the mortgage offer, the following clarifies if we need to be informed:

Second hand property:
- If the unexpired lease term on the offer is 85 years or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 85 years
- if the unexpired lease term on the offer is less than 85 years – advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported
- For equity share applications - advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

New build property:
- If the unexpired lease term stated on the offer is 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house) or more - only advise us if the actual lease term is less than 125 years (flat) / 250 years (house)
- For equity share applications - always advise us if the actual lease term is different than reported on the offer

Lease terms such as ground rent and event fees must be reasonable at all times during the term of the lease and adhere to our requirements below. If you’re unsure as to whether the terms of a lease are unreasonable or onerous, please refer the details to us in plain English for Valuer consideration. If the potentially onerous terms are in relation to the ground rent please include the current ground rent figure per annum, how often it will be reviewed and the price structure it will be reviewed against. See the guidance below.

SECOND HAND PROPERTIES

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined):
- Unexpired lease term less than 55 years
- Less than 30 years remaining at the end of the mortgage term
- Ground Rent greater than 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI
- Ground Rent review period is less than or equal to 5 years

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Unexpired lease term is 55 to 85 years
- Ground Rent greater than 0.1% and less than or equal to 0.5% of the property value
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building*
- Ground Rent review period is greater than 5 and less than 10 years
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial, etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything that appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than 85 years
- Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than or equal to 10 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

NEW BUILD PROPERTIES (includes office conversions)

Unacceptable - advise Issuing Office (Will be declined)
- Unexpired lease term less than 125 years on a new build flat or less than 250 years on a new build house (does not apply to Shared Ownership)
- Starting Ground Rent greater than 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period less than or equal to every 5 years
- Ground Rent doubles less than every 20 years (e.g. doubles every 5, 10 or 15 years) - acceptable if doubles every 20 years or more
- Ground Rent is compounded RPI

Refer to Issuing Office (Valuer will consider any impact on valuation figure and marketability):
- Ground Rent is linked to any indices greater than RPI
- Ground Rent is linked to the value of the building*
- Event clauses exist for normal use e.g. changing the carpet, installing a TV aerial etc
- Estate Rent Charges greater than £500 p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Service Charges greater than 0.5% of property value p/a (please provide details of what the charges cover)
- Anything else appears onerous, unusual or out of the ordinary

Acceptable (no requirement to advise Issuing Office):
- Unexpired lease term greater than or equal to 125 years on a new build flat or greater than or equal to 250 years on a new build house
- Starting Ground Rent less than or equal to 0.1% of the property value
- Ground Rent review period greater than 5 years
- Ground Rent escalation less than or equal to RPI

* Where the Ground Rent escalation is linked to the value of the building, please provide the following:
- How is the value of the block/unit currently calculated and if the assessment relates to the block(s), how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned per property?
- The current valuation and Ground Rent for each unit
- What is the mechanism for future valuations of the block and how is the Ground Rent calculated/apportioned?
- What is the right of appeal? And is this a documented process within the lease?
- Who bears the cost of the valuation (and appeal) process?
- Confirmation the review period is not less than twenty years.

Forgive me if this question is silly but I am unexperienced as a 1st time buyer of a two bedroom flat in Upminster. Do I collect the keys to the property on the completion date from my conveyancer? If so, I will appoint a local conveyancing solicitor in Upminster?

There is no need to visit the lawyers office on the day of completion. Your solicitors will transfer the purchase money to the vendor’s lawyers, and once they have received this, you will be able to pick up the keys from the property Agents and start moving into the property. Usually this occurs between 1 and 3pm.

Completion of my purchase has taken place for my property in Upminster. Conveyancing was a necessary evil but I would like to complain about the lender. How does one go about formally complaining?

All lenders have complaints procedures. Your first point of contact should be one of the lender’s branches or the Customer Care Team at head office. Ordinarily complaints to a lender are resolved effectively and efficiently. However if you are not satisfied that the matter is not resolved you can write to Financial Ombudsman Service with full details of your complaint.

Virgin Money have agreed my mortgage in principle, my bid on a property in Upminster has been accepted, what happens next?

The estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (ensure that the property lawyers are on the lender’s approved list). Telephone Virgin Money or your financial adviser and finalise any relevant paperwork. Virgin Money will instruct a valuer who will get in touch with the selling agent or seller to book an appointment. Once carried out (assuming no problems) it takes approximately a fortnight for the mortgage offer to be issued. Virgin Money will send the offer to you and your lawyers. The transaction will then take it’s course according the nature and complexity of the conveyancing in Upminster.

Should commercial conveyancing searches reveal planned roadworks that may affect a commercial estate in Upminster?

Many commercial conveyancing solicitors in Upminster will order a SiteSolutions Highways report as it reduces the time that conveyancers expend in investigating accurate data on highways that impact buildings and development assets in Upminster. The report sets out definitive data on the adoption status of roads, footpaths and verges, as well as the implication of traffic schemes and the rights of way surrounding a commercial development sites in Upminster.

For every commercial conveyancing transaction in Upminster it is crucial to investigate the adoption status of roads surrounding a site. Failure to identify developments where adoption procedures have not been addressed adequately may cause delays to Upminster commercial conveyancing deals as well as pose a risk to future intentions for the site. These searches are not conducted for residential conveyancing in Upminster.

I'm purchasing a new build house in Upminster with a mortgage from Bank of Ireland. The developers refused to reduce the amount so I negotiated five thousand pounds worth of fixtures and fittings instead. The estate agent suggested that I not disclose to my conveyancer about the extras as it may jeopardize my mortgage with Bank of Ireland. Is this normal?.

All lenders require a Disclosure of Incentives Form from the builder 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.

Am I best advised to choose a Upminster conveyancing solicitor in close proximity to the house I am hoping to buy? We have a good friend who can execute the legal formalities however her office is approximately 350miles drive away.

The primary upside of using a high street Upminster conveyancing practice is that you can drop in to sign documents, hand in your ID and apply pressure on them if necessary. Having local Upminster know how is a plus. However nothing is more important than finding someone that will do a good and efficient job. If you know people who used your friend and on the whole were impressed that should trump using an unfamiliar Upminster conveyancing solicitor just because they are Upminster based.

Do I cancel the direct debit for my mortgage with Aldermore once a completion date for my sale in Upminster has been set?

No, you must continue meeting any mortgage sums to Aldermore pending the mortgage being repaid on completion as part of your Upminster conveyancing.

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Sample of conveyancing solicitors in Upminster regulated by the SRA

It is important to note that the listed firms do not limit their work for conveyancing in Upminster but also conveyancing throughout England and Wales.

  • Pinney Talfourd Llp, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU
  • Stanton & Doran, 79 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2AJ
  • Johnson Crilly Solicitors Llp, 26 Grosvenor Gardens, Upminster, Essex, RM14 1DJ
  • Moss & Coleman, 170-180 High Street, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6JP
  • Sackvilles, 135 High Street, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 3YJ

Commercial Conveyancing solicitors in Upminster regulated by the SRA

The list below is a small selection of solicitors in Upminster practicing in commercial conveyancing in Upminster. This could include advice on re-mortgaging commercial property
  • Pinney Talfourd Llp, 54 Station Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2TU
  • Stanton & Doran, 79 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, Essex, RM14 2AJ
  • Johnson Crilly Solicitors Llp, 26 Grosvenor Gardens, Upminster, Essex, RM14 1DJ
  • Moss & Coleman, 170-180 High Street, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6JP
  • Sackvilles, 135 High Street, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 3YJ

Domestic Licensed Conveyancers in Upminster regulated by the CLC

Please be aware that the listed conveyancers do not limit their work for conveyancing in Upminster but also conveyancing across England and Wales.
  • Legal Business Property Lawyers Ltd, 16 St Thomas Road, CM14 4DB

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