What are the benefits of an online solicitor against a high street firm?
Many commentators and bloggers have suggested that you get so much more from online conveyancers because they have access to state-of-the-art applications to manage their cases and use the latest communication technology.
However, there is nothing stopping high street conveyancing firms from adopting such technology. And they will have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area that they can bring to bear on your transaction.
It all comes down to what they offer and how they go about their business. You should get a selection of quotes and read through the terms and conditions in detail to understand the comparisons between what they offer and how much they are going to charge you for the service.
If you choose Homeward Legal, you not only get an experienced proactive solicitor but also access to the latest technology and local knowledge. Call us now on 0800 038 6699 to find out more.
I’ve lost my gas/electrical certificates; will that stop me moving?
There is no legal imperative for you to provide either the gas or electrical safety certificates as the seller; you are required to provide a gas safety certificate on an annual basis, however, if you are planning on letting the property out. The Institution of Electrical Engineers recommends that an electrical certificate be updated at least every ten years or when the property is transferred to a new owner (every 5 years if you are letting the property out).
However, this usually means that this is the responsibility of the buyer with the onus on organising an inspection for a new certificate falling on them.
Homeward Legal offers competitive, fixed-fee quotes, protected by our 'No Completion, No Fee' guarantee. Try our online quote calculator or call our team on 0800 038 6699 to see what we mean.
How can I buy the freehold of the building in which I’m purchasing a flat?
When you buy a leasehold flat (usually for a lease lasting a long time), it means that you don’t own the building or the land on which it is built. If you want to buy the freehold of the building (either yourself or with other flat-owners), you’ll need to meet a few legal criteria before that can happen (such as the number of flats, the purpose to which the majority of the building is put to, and the number of flat-owners willing to by the freehold).
One additional point to note is that the shorter the lease on any flat, the greater the price of the freehold is likely to be.
You should talk to other residents about your plan as well as finding out how much the freehold will be and getting a professional valuation. Once you are in a position to move ahead, you’ll need to appoint a solicitor to manage the legal aspect of the planned purchase.
Homeward Legal's solicitors are well-versed in dealing with all types of freehold and leasehold purchases. So call us now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll guide you through the process and assign you to one of the best solicitors.
We have a found a home to buy. How do we get a fast conveyancing process?
Finding a proactive conveyancing solicitor is essential to fast conveyancing. Consider the following:
- Which communication methods do they use? Days can be wasted waiting for letters in the post which could be emailed or faxed.
- Was there a delay delivering a quote?
- Will they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis?
Flood searches may be conveyancing protocol but with recent events e g the widespread flooding in Sept 2012 in South West England are they the best way to advise me enough about the evolving Ivybridge risk of flooding?
A good property solicitor in Ivybridge will recommend that you get informative environmental searches if the enviro search flags up a Ivybridge flood risk.
Why not converse with a neighbour of the property to gain added information if you are still worried.
Does my Ivybridge conveyancer inform me about the cost of the council tax for a Band G flat prior to exchange?
The lawyer will write to the council to ascertain the correct council tax band and rates, which will be included in the report on title.
Up-to-date rates for properties in Ivybridge are detailed at the South Hams council website. At the time of authoring, 03 November 2012, rates are:
- Band A - £1,020.00
- Band B - £1,190.00
- Band C - £1,360.00
- Band D - £1,530.00
- Band E - £1,869.00
- Band F - £2,209.00
- Band G - £2,549.00
- Band H - £3,059.00