I am not well enough to travel far from Wennington. I would like to know the reason why all Wennington solicitors aren't automatically on all bank panels?
A decade ago most banks displayed an attitude to risk which is different than today. The financial regulator in 2010 instigated a thematic review into property fraud which in summary warned lenders: know the conveyancing practitioners on your panel. As a result, banks have since looked to extract more information from law firms regarding their operations and the staff employed by them and set certain criteria such as completing a minimum amount of transactions. Hundreds of firms have been removed from lender panels even though they had an exemplary disciplinary record, no complaints and zero claims and didn't just 'dabble' in conveyancing. Many firms were never going to satisfy the criteria of volume of transactions the lenders set.
My partner and I are purchasing a newly constructed flat in Wennington and my lawyer is advising me that she is duty bound to the lender to reveal incentives from the developer. I am on a tight deadline to exchange and I would rather not delay matters. is my lawyer playing by the book?
You should not exchange unless you have been advised to do so by your conveyancer. A precondition to being on a bank panel is to comply with the UK Finance Lenders’ Handbook requirements. The CML Conveyancing Handbook requires that your lawyer have the appropriate Disclosure of Incentive form completed by the developer and accepted by your lender.
It is not clear whether my lender obliges me to make sure the lease term for the flat is extended prior to the completion date. I have called my Wennington bank branch on various occasions and was told they are content with the situation and they would lend. My Wennington conveyancing solicitor - who is on the mortgage company conveyancing panel- telephoned to say that they would not lend based on their specific requirements. Who do I believe?
The lawyer has to follow the CML Handbook section two provisions for your lender. Unless your lawyer obtains specific confirmation in writing that the mortgage company will go ahead, your lawyer has no choice but to refrain from exchanging contract and committing you to the purchase. We would suggest that you ask the bank to contact your lawyer in writing confirming that they will accept the number of years left on the lease.
I am selling my flat. I had a double glazing fitted in April 2006, but did not receive a FENSA certificate or Building Regulation Certificate. My buyer's mortgage company, Kent Reliance are being difficult. The Wennington solicitor who is on the Kent Reliance conveyancing panel is happy to accept ‘lack of building regulation’ insurance but Kent Reliance are requiring a building regulation certificate. Why do Kent Reliance have a conveyancing panel if they don't accept advice from them?
It is probably the case that Kent Reliance have referred the matter to their valuer. The reason why Kent Reliance may not want to accept indemnity insurance is because it does not give them any reassurance that the double glazing was correctly and safely installed. The indemnity insurance merely protects against enforcement action which is very unlikely anyway.
Leeds Building Society have agreed my home loan in principle, my bid on a apartment in Wennington has been accepted, what are the next steps?
Your estate agent will want to know who your solicitors are (ensure that the property lawyers are on the bank’s panel). Call up Leeds Building Society or the broker and finalise any appropriate paperwork. Leeds Building Society will instruct a valuer who will get in contact with the selling agent or owners to book an appointment. Once carried out (assuming no problems) it takes approximately a fortnight for the mortgage offer to be issued. Leeds Building Society 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 Wennington.
Will our solicitor be raising questions concerning flooding during the conveyancing in Wennington.
The risk of flooding is if increasing concern for conveyancers carrying out conveyancing in Wennington. There are those who buy a property in Wennington, fully expectant that at some time, it may suffer from flooding. However, aside from the physical damage, where a property is at risk of flooding, it may be difficult to get a mortgage, adequate building insurance, or dispose of the property. There are steps that can be taken as part of the conveyancing process to forewarn the purchaser.
Conveyancers are not qualified to give advice on flood risk, but there are a number of checks that may be initiated by the buyer or on a buyer’s behalf which can give them a better appreciation of the risks in Wennington. The conventional set of information given to a purchaser’s solicitor (where the solicitors are adopting what is known as the Conveyancing Protocol) incorporates a usual question of the vendor to determine if the property has suffered from flooding. In the event that the residence has been flooded in past and is not revealed by the owner, then a purchaser may issue a legal claim for losses resulting from an inaccurate response. A buyer’s conveyancers should also order an enviro report. This should higlight whether there is a recorded flood risk. If so, additional inquiries will need to be conducted.
How does conveyancing in Wennington differ for newly converted properties?
Most buyers of new build or newly converted property in Wennington approach us having been asked by the seller to sign contracts and commit to the purchase even before the house is completed. This is because new home sellers in Wennington usually acquire the site, plan the estate and want to get the plots sold off as they are building the properties. Buyers, therefore, will have to exchange contracts without actually seeing the house they are buying. To reduce the chances of losing the property, buyers should instruct conveyancers as soon as the property is reserved and mortgage applications should be submitted quickly. Due to the fact that it could be several months and even years between exchange of contracts and completion, the mortgage offer may need to be extended. It would be wise to use a lawyer who specialises in new build conveyancing especially if they are accustomed to new build conveyancing in Wennington or who has acted in the same development.
I am hoping to sign contracts shortly on a basement flat in Wennington. Conveyancing lawyers inform me that they will have a report out to me within the next couple of days. Are there areas in the report that I should be focusing on?
Your report on title for your leasehold conveyancing in Wennington should include some of the following:
What options are available to the landlord where you have breached the provisions of the lease? What you can do if another tenant in the building breaches a clause of their lease? The landlord’s rights to access the flat. You should be made aware that your landlord has rights of access as well as be informed how much notice must be provided. Do you need to have carpet in the flat or are you allowed wood flooring? Your lawyers should enable you to have an understanding of the building insurance provisions
I have tried to negotiate informally with with my landlord to extend my lease without getting anywhere. Can the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal adjudicate on such issues? Can you recommend a Wennington conveyancing firm to represent me?
You certainly can. We can put you in touch with a Wennington conveyancing firm who can help.
An example of a Lease Extension case for a Wennington premises is Various @ Colombus Square in January 2012. the Tribunal calculated the premiums to be paid for new leases for each of the flats in Mariners Walk to be £3822 and the premium to be paid for the new lease of 2 Knights Court to be £4439. This case was in relation to 13 flats. The unexpired term was 76 years.