I require conveyancing for an apartment in a relatively new development (five years built) in West Wickham. Almost all the properties have already been occupied. Is it really necessary to order neighbourhood searches as part of conveyancing in West Wickham?
You would be opening yourself up to an unnecessary risk in failing carrying out West Wickham conveyancing searches. Without searches you have no clarity over flooding, environmental etc which may mean you walk away due to potential problems down the line. If you are buying without a mortgage there is no legal necessity to have them, but we would absolutely advise in no uncertain terms that your conveyancer conducts them. If accelerating the process and cost are top of your concerns you should discuss with your lawyer about the viability of search insurance
The West Wickham conveyancing lawyers that I appointed last week on my house acquisition in West Wickham have suddenly shut down. I chose them because I had to have a firm on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel and my preferred West Wickham lawyer was not. I paid them money on account. What should be my next steps?
Assuming that you have an Estate Agent in the equation then let them know immediately so that they advise the vendors that there may be a slight delay due to reasons beyond your control. Most sellers would be sympathetic and urge their lawyer to send a new set of papers to your new solicitors. You should appoint new lawyers that are on the Leeds Building Society conveyancing panel and notify the lender. If you have paid over any money, it will hopefully be held by the SRA as money in an intervened firm's bank accounts is transferred to the SRA. Then, the SRA or the intervention agent looks at the intervened firm's accounts to work out who the money belongs to. To claim your money you will need to contact the SRA. If the SRA cannot return money you are owed from the firm's bank accounts, or if they can only return part of the money, you can apply to the Compensation Fund for a grant. Your new lawyers may be able to assist.
I have been told that property searches are the primary reason for delay in West Wickham house deals. Is there any truth in this?
The Council of Property Search Organisations (CoPSO) has noted the conclusions of research by MoveWithUs that conveyancing searches do not feature within the top 10 causes of delays during the legal transfer of property. Local searches are not likely to feature in any slowing down conveyancing in West Wickham.
Are there restrictive covenants that are commonly picked up during conveyancing in West Wickham?
Restrictive covenants can be picked up when reviewing land registry title as part of the legal transfer of property in West Wickham. An 1874 stipulation that was seen was ‘The houses to be erected on the estate are each to be of a uniform elevation in accordance with the drawings to be prepared or approved by the vendor’s surveyor…’
My business partner and I are looking to take an assignment of a lease of an office on a shopping parade. Can you recommend solicitors offering no-sale-no costs for commercial conveyancing in West Wickham for less than £2000?
We are happy to recommend firms who have well rounded knowledge of commercial conveyancing in West Wickham, including the sale and purchase of businesses as well as simply premises. Whether you are intending to acquire or dispose of a shop, pub, restaurant, office, retail premises or a whole business we will find you the right lawyer. Regarding the charges these will vary based on the structure and terms of the proposed transaction. Please provide us with your details or phone us so that we may provide you with comprehensive commercial conveyancing quote.
As co-executor for the estate of my uncle I am disposing of a residence in Swansea but live in West Wickham. My conveyancer (approximately 235 miles awayrequires that I sign a statutory declaration ahead of the transaction finalising. Can you recommend a conveyancing solicitor in West Wickham who can witness this legal document for me?
strictly speaking you are not likely to be required to have the documents witnessed by a conveyancing solicitor. Ordinarily or notary public or solicitor will do regardless of whether they are located in West Wickham