The estate agent we are using in Brixton has suggested the firm of solicitors. Should we instruct this firm?
Your agent can influence a solicitors firm they refer a lot of work to, and can therefore to reduce delays in the conveyancing process, however, such referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as the agent may recommend the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.
Should I get my short lease extended before selling?
Buyers are becoming increasingly wary of buying leaseholds with less than 90 years to run because, first, the cost of increasing a leasehold is becoming far more expensive, and, second, mortgage companies are becoming increasingly reticent to lend money to buy leases that have dropped below the 80-year mark (indeed, this will be one of the criteria that they set to ensure their investment is protected).
As a result, buyers will often insist that the leasehold be extended back up to the 99-year or 125-year typical thresholds before going ahead and buying it. So, as the current leaseholder, you will almost certainly be expected to do the legal work required to extend the lease to a level that buyers will be happy with.
We are enquiring about the council tax charges on a period converted dwelling in Brixton, how much are they?
Conventionally a conveyancing report on title will give detail the relevant Lambeth council tax band.
The latest council tax rates for Brixton are listed at the Lambeth local authority site. On (07/07/2012) rates are as follows:
- Band A - £821.00
- Band B - £958.00
- Band C - £1,095.00
- Band D - £1,232.00
- Band E - £1,506.00
- Band F - £1,780.00
- Band G - £2,053.00
- Band H - £2,464.00
How can we uncover more info on the conservation areas in Brixton and Brixton?
English Heritage administer records of the condition of conservation areas. Local conservation areas e.g. upkeep of paths, the addition of stone cladding or poorly maintained public spaces are handled by the local authority (Lambeth).
Do conveyancing searches matter?
Conveyancing searches are enquiries requested by the buyer's solicitor, for example a drainage search. They are unrelated to a building survey and will not advise on the structure of the property.