Do we need to use a property solicitor put forward by my estate agent?
Estate agent recommendations are a common practice route to find a solicitor. However, if they are paid a referral fee, some agents choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most suitable for you.
Should I get a chancel liability search when I am buying a property by a church in Botany Bay?
Chancel repair liability can require some Botany Bay home owners to contribute towards the cost of repairs to older church buildings. Owners who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. Your solicitor will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability.
What are the issues if buying a loft conversion in a Enfield planning authority conservation area ?
Part of the due diligence for buyers includes making enquiries of Enfield local authority to determine conservation area status and the appropriate formal approval for changes. .
For fast legal work on the purchase of a £143,000 home, what can we do to accelerate the conveyancing process?
Contacting a proactive solicitor is key a fast transaction. When selecting a solicitor, you should ask yourself the following: Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed. Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis? Was there a delay delivering a quote?
Why is it silly to buy a leasehold with less than 99 years to run?
In large part, if a leasehold drops below 90 years, it’s because mortgage companies will not be willing to lend money to purchase the leasehold. They will almost certainly have a stipulation on the length of the leasehold as part of their criteria for lending.
Most buyers are very aware of this and the trend is for an insistence of the sellers to provide an extension back up to the 99-year or 125-year thresholds before considering its purchase. Otherwise, even if you can finance it, eventually you’ll have to consider the legal cost of extending the lease yourself.
How much effort is it to sort out a house in multiple occupancy (HMO)?
A house in multiple occupancy is defined as a property where at least three tenants live forming more than one household (one person or more living together), but share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
As a landlord of an HMO, your responsibilities include ensuring proper fire safety measures are in place, gas safety checks are completed annually, the electric system is checked every five years, there are sufficient bathroom and kitchen facilities for everyone to comfortably use, communal areas are kept clean and safe to use, and waste disposal is managed effectively (provision of bins and bags).
This requires more effort than having a property to rent to one household, and you may wish to employ a solicitor to sort out the legal side of things in the first instance, and a property management company to handle the administration, disputes, etc. on a daily basis.
Homeward Legal's experienced solicitors have completed many different transactions including properties for HMOs. Why not give us a quick call now on 0800 038 6699 to get your conveyancing under way today?