We are purchasing with the Co-op, what will I need to consider?
Buyers should be aware that, recently, a number of lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. This can mean increased conveyancing costs for purchasers. Homeward Legal, however, can act on behalf of the vast majority of mortgage lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay your lender's legal costs.
Is Billericay soil likely to remain contaminated by lead (Pb)?
Though the dangers are usually minor, some extreme cases may be deemed an unsafe risk. Other sources of contaminated land include acidic compounds.
Is your solicitor team experienced enough to move quickly on the conveyancing of residential property auction properties in Billericay?
Indeed we are familiar with local and national auctions and regularly do the legal conveyancing auction buyers and sellers. Homeward Legals panel of lawyers have in the past acted for many buyers and sellers at regional residential property auctions including Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.
Prudent auction buyers will select a residential lawyer as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for a full report of the lot well before the auction day. After the day of bidding your Homeward Legal lawyer is absolutely focused on concluding the transaction within a as tight time frame as usually required .
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.
Should I change the locks after I move in?
It would be a wise move to replace the locks upon moving into your new home, for peace of mind if nothing else. Although you may have received a number of copies of the keys, you may not know accurately whether that bunch constitutes every copy.
Although changing the locks will be an extra cost, you may find that buildings insurance may look on the move favourably, too.
Need guidance on what to expect from the conveyancing and legal work associated with your planned move? Call our team at Homeward Legal on 0800 038 6699 and they'll get you set up today.
When we are buying a apartment on the same street as an ecclesiastical parish in Billericay, will we need to get a chancel search?
The result of a court case between a parish council and owners of neighbouring farmland liable for church repairs reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must fund church repairs. Terms used in a property's name, like 'vicarage', may indicate chancel liability. A conveyancing lawyer will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary, and recommend suitable insurance. Church properties in the local area where a chancel search may be necessary include Christ Church, Emmanuel, Outwood Common St John the Divine and Ramsden Crays All Saints Worship Centre.