I am the registered owner of a freehold house in West London but still invoiced for rent, why is this and what is this?
It is rare for properties in West London and has limited impact for conveyancing in West London 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 have existed for hundreds of years, but the Rent Charge Act 1977 barred the generation of new rentcharges post 1977.
Old rentcharges can now be redeemed by making a lump sum payment under the Act. Any rentcharges that are still in existence after 2037 is to be extinguished.
We just had an offer accepted to purchase with Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. I popped in a couple of local companies but am unable to find a West London conveyancing firm on the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society approved list. Can you assist?
You should take advantage of the search tool on this site. Please choose the mortgage company and type West London or your location and you will be presented with a number of lawyer based in West London or near you.
There is lots of information on this site about conveyancing in West London but what is your top tip for selecting the right conveyancer in West London
It would be unwise to be tempted by the lowest West London conveyancing costs illustration. You really do get what you’re paying for when it comes to property lawyers. 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 know exactly what you’ll have to pay in advance.
We had instructed conveyancing lawyers located in West London on the UBS solicitor approved list. They are now charging me an additional sum for the legal aspects of the UBS mortgage. Is this a supplemental conveyancing fee set by UBS?
As unfair as it may seem, as long as it’s in their Terms and Conditions or estimate then yes your solicitor is entitled to levy a fee for this. The charge is not dictated by UBS but by your West London conveyancing practitioner. Some firms on the UBS panel will charge ’dealing with mortgage’ fee and others do not.
Can I be sure that the West London conveyancing solicitor on the HSBC panel is any good?
When it comes to conveyancing in West London obtaining recommendations is a good 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 which is cheap as chips. We would always advocate that you speak with the lawyer carrying out your conveyancing.
I've recently found out that there is a flying freehold element on a property I have offered on two weeks back in what was supposed to be a quick, no chain conveyancing. West London is the location of the property. Can you offer any guidance?
Flying freeholds in West London are not the norm but are more likely to exist in relation to terraced houses. Even where you use a solicitor outside West London you must be sure that your lawyer goes through the deeds thoroughly. Your lender may require your conveyancing solicitor to take out an indemnity policy. Some of the more diligent conveyancing solicitors in West London 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.
Taking into account that I am about to part with hundreds of thousands of pounds on a garden flat in West London I wish to have a conversation with the lawyer about myhome move ahead of appointing the firm. Can this be arranged?
This is something that we recommend - it is our preference to talk to you we do not take any clients on without you liaising with the conveyancer due to be conducting your conveyancing in West London.There is no ‘factory style conveyancing’ - each client is unique individual, not a file number. The law firms that we put you in touch with believe that the figure you are quoted for residential conveyancing in West London should be the figure that you are charged.
How much experience do your West London conveyancing solicitors have with Help To Buy, Shared Equity and similar schemes?
West London conveyancing lawyers help thousands of people move home every year and helped plenty of clients through the Help To Buy scheme. The chances are that whatever makes your case unique West London conveyancers have worked on recent similar matters.