Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
What sort of local environmental searches into the potential risk of floods in the Merseyside area will the Aintree property solicitor carry out?
An essential component in the conveyancing protocol of purchasing a property involves a conveyancer making an application for conveyancing and environmental searches that give detail on the subject of the local Aintree flood risk. In addition a conveyancer in Aintree may possibly propose a more involved (e.g. Landmark) detailed local Aintree area search.
We need to complete this purchase as soon as possible, how can we organise fast legal work in Aintree?
Contacting a proactive, diligent solicitor is essential to a fast conveyancing transaction. There are a number of tasks you, as the buyer, can also do. These include:
- calling or emailing the solicitor, and chase them if you suspect any delays
- answering any queries raised by the solicitor as soon as possible
- clarifying your mortgage lender's requirements
Is there anything we can do to get out of paying HMRC stamp duty?
Stamp duty mitigation is not advised when buying in Aintree, as such schemes are highly expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself. There have been a range of official schemes, however, such as for first-time buyers. You will be able to confirm your eligibility for any such active initiatives with your solicitor..
Is obtaining landlord's consent to assignment of lease passed on at cost?
Some solicitors may attempt to pass off fees which should be included as disbursements. It is not always obvious whether a cost is a fee or not, and whether it should be included. This cost is a fee not a disbursement. It should be included in your conveyancing quote.