What average time should I expect it to take for our lawyer to accomplish the conveyancing work for the lower floor of Regency house we hope to buy in Banstead?
The process can take anywhere from a month to three months, contingent on any number of things, such as the speed of the vendor's solicitor, or whether there are any linked sales. Our highly conveyancing solicitors are very focused on pushing transactions through you moving home as quickly as possible.
What will a Banstead conveyancing lawyer do if the flat we are intending to buy is in a conservation area and has unsightly windows installed?
The lawyer is required to identify whether your new home is inside a conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have essential consents from the Reigate and Banstead planning authority.
If I’m renting out rooms in my house, do I need to appoint a solicitor?
No, you don’t, because there is no legal imperative for you to do so. However, it’s not as straightforward as simply leasing out a room to a renter because there are certain provisions that must be met in order to protect you as the renter and the person renting the room.
This depends on the room and where it is in the property, state of the plumbing, insurance, and a number of other factors. You’ll also need to draw up a tenancy agreement to ensure demarcation and rights for both parties. While you won’t necessarily need a solicitor involved, it’s worth contacting a letting agency who will have the experience and knowledge to ensure you have everything in place. Be aware that any advice you seek from professionals may come with a fee, so it would be worth shopping around first.
What should I do about the transfer of ownership of the utility billing?
It is the responsibility of the former owners to inform the utilities firms (gas, electricity, water, etc.) that they are moving.
You should give your current suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re moving home and, when you leave your old property, you should take all the necessary readings and send them to your old supplier(s) along with your forwarding address, so that they can send you a final bill and sort out any credit you might be owed.
You should give your new utility suppliers at least 48 hours giving your personal details for the new property. When you move into your new property, you should take all the readings again and send them to the new suppliers so that they have a record of where to start the bills running.
Will the title report prepared by the Banstead property solicitor investigate the cost of council tax on an apartment prior to exchanging contracts?
A property lawyer will liaise with the local authority to enquire about the latest council tax charges which will subsequently be written in the report on title. Up-to-date rates for properties in Banstead are detailed on the council site.