Should I employ a conveyancing referred by the agent?
Many agents will have a referral arrangement with solicitors where they refer conveyancing clients to them. If the agent is paid a referral fee, however, there is a risk that an agent may choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the most appropriate choice.
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.
Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.
When should I book a removals firm?
It’s very tempting to get wrapped in the excitement of moving home and wanting to get everything sorted out and in the diary. But, if you book a removals firm too early, prior to the exchange of contracts (when the date and time of completion is legally set), you risk the possibility that the date might change, thereby having to pay a fee to the removals firm to change the plans.
There is nothing stopping you in contacting a selection of firms to get a quote for removal and to negotiate the possibility of pencilling a date in but ensure you obtain agreement that this is subject to change and confirmation.
Does a solicitor in Frampton on Severn conduct any searches on the Gloucestershire period mid terrace property we are buying?
The normal conveyancing procedure is to obtain Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW) and Environment Search and occasionally special local Frampton on Severn searches, like a Contaminated land Search.
What average time should I expect it to take our property solicitor to conclude the legal formalities on a flat in a sixties house in Frampton on Severn?
The process can take anywhere between around a month and 12 weeks, which can be affected by various things for example the efficiency of the seller's conveyancing solicitor, or whether additional searches are required.