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Conveyancing In Langley Q & A's


When we are buying a residence by a church built in around the 17th Century in Langley, is it necessary that we get a search for chancel liability?

Owners of property neighbouring a medieval church may be required to fund repairs. This is referred to as chancel repair liability. Terms used in a property's name, like 'glebe', may indicate chancel liability. Your conveyancing lawyer will suggest an appropriate indemnity policy to address chancel liability. Church of England properties in the local area where chancel liability may apply include St John the Evangelist, St Mary the Virgin, St John and All Saints & Martyrs.

How much effort is it to sort out a house in multiple occupancy (HMO)?

A house in multiple occupancy is defined as a property where at least three tenants live forming more than one household (one person or more living together), but share kitchen and bathroom facilities.

As a landlord of an HMO, your responsibilities include ensuring proper fire safety measures are in place, gas safety checks are completed annually, the electric system is checked every five years, there are sufficient bathroom and kitchen facilities for everyone to comfortably use, communal areas are kept clean and safe to use, and waste disposal is managed effectively (provision of bins and bags).

This requires more effort than having a property to rent to one household, and you may wish to employ a solicitor to sort out the legal side of things in the first instance, and a property management company to handle the administration, disputes, etc. on a daily basis.

Homeward Legal's experienced solicitors have completed many different transactions including properties for HMOs. Why not give us a quick call now on 0800 038 6699 to get your conveyancing under way today?

The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?

The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.

If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.

Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.

What authority is under obligation for policing the condition of the conservation areas in Langley?

Local conservation areas are set up by West Berkshire who regulate conservation area concerns from including things like ugly shop fronts, addition of PVC windows and street furniture. Following a campaign, English Heritage administer records on the condition (poor to good) of conservation areas in England as well as the trend.

Food risk searches may be fine but with recent flooding for instance the fact that 2 8m people are at risk from surface flooding are they still appropriate to confirm enough about the ever changing Langley risk of flooding?

A competent Langley conveyancing solicitor will suggest that you get additional in depth environmental searches if the environmental search identifies any kind of the local Langley flood risk

Sometimes buyers get in touch with a close neighbour to gain added information.