If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
Do I have to be present at viewings?
No, you don’t. It used to be the case that estate agencies were happy to leave the homeowner to show prospective buyers around. However, this has now been dispensed with because they won’t necessarily have the property skills and experience of dealing with and selling to a buyer. Therefore, the preference is usually that you should not be present in the home at all, although this can obviously be difficult with infirmity, working from home, and childcare.
The best option is to discuss this with the estate agent when you appoint them, so that you are aware of their expectations for each viewing, and they will be able to work around you if you have to be present in the home. Whether you are present or not, you should still take care not to be too messy and tidy up as much as possible prior to the viewing appointment, so that good impressions are maintained.
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DIY conveyancing without instructing a Finningley property solicitor looks to be possible when selling a house , but would it be risky ?
Should you wish to try you can definitely engage in the bulk of the legal work without formally instructing a proficient Finningley conveyancing solicitor. However, a lawyer takes care of a significant number of functions such as interpreting protocol forms or the Land Registry formalities many of which need adequate training. Essentially have a go conveyancers will not have the applicable cover which qualified lawyers are legally obligated to have.
Will we need a Homebuyer Report for the house purchase in Finningley?
We advise that most Finningley buyers book a home buyer survey when purchasing in Finningley. There are many defects that have a negative impact on a property, that a solicitor will be unable to address. These can include flat roof leaks.
Should we instruct a solicitors firm referred by our estate agent?
It is not uncommon for agents in Finningley to recommend a solicitor, however, such referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as some agents may 'recommend' the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.