The home I’m buying has been empty for two years; what questions should I be asking the solicitor, the estate agent, and the surveyor?
If a home has been empty for a considerable period (such as the two years mentioned here), there’s usually a reason for it. There is estimated to be around a quarter of a million properties in the country that have been empty for more than 6 months.
The primary reason is that the owner hasn’t the funds to renovate the property, or they’ve started gutting the place and run out of money to take it further, or perhaps there’s been a significant problem (e.g. fire or flood are common instances). Most likely, these properties will come up at auction.
Your estate agent will be aware of its history if the property is on their books, so you can find out a lot from them, the council will have an empty property officer, and the Land Registry will have information on the deeds. As far as the solicitor is concerned, they will establish the position on the property as part of the conveyancing, while the surveyor will have experience of checking out such properties, with the advice that you order a Building Survey (the most detailed of the options) to check out its structural integrity. Note that mortgage lenders will be more reluctant to offer a loan on such homes.
Ultimately, the ball is in your court and, if you want to pursue buying such a property, you need to be prepared to do the research, which can take up a lot of time.
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Which local authority looks after Brixworth?
Brixworth is located in Borough Council of Wellingborough, Swanspool House Doddington Road, Wellingborough, NN8 1BP phone: 01933 229 777
How does the conveyancing solicitor in Brixworth report back on the potential risk of possible flooding in the Brixworth region on a Sixties house we are intending to buy?
The residential property lawyer will conduct formal environmental searches that should include Brixworth flood risk area data. An inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more thorough conveyancing search, such as the Landmark search, will sometimes be suggested by a Brixworth solicitor if in the event that the initial searches show that there is a flood risk.
We are selling our co-owned house at a local property auction, can you assign fast Brixworth conveyancers ?
Homeward Legal takes a very efficient approach to concluding the legal process for home sellers.
We always allocate you to conveyancing lawyers that endeavour to efficiently exert pressure up the buyer and seller property chain .
Additionally our property lawyers are specifically chosen as they rely on modern conveyancing management and IT systems to complete on the legal process fast.
For fast conveyancing to buy a £737,000 property, what do we need to ensure?
Primarily, finding a proactive property lawyer is essential to a fast conveyancing transaction. Beyond that, there are numerous tasks you as the purchaser can do to get moving sooner, including, requesting regular updates from your property lawyer and keep the pressure on, answering any queries raised by your property lawyer as soon as possible and if you intend to get a house survey, doing so as early as you can.
What does 'fixtures and fittings' include?
Mainly, there is no absolute definition of fixtures and fittings. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction.
Is Brixworth top-soil potentially contaminated by mercury?
There are comprehensive regulations to prevent future topsoil contamination. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Brixworth, including local authorities.
How many mortgage lenders in Brixworth do you work with?
We can work with the majority of lenders assisting Brixworth buyers. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include That Mortgage Place, Cedar Barn/White Lodge, Walgrave, Northampton, NN6 9PY, and Mortgage Doctors Ltd, 6 Redhouse La, Hannington, Northampton, NN6 9SZ. Your solicitor can carry out any relevant lender-imposed searches or checks.