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Conveyancing In Partington Q & A's


I have found a growing number books all about DIY conveyancing for example A Practical Approach to Commercial Conveyancing and Property. Do I actually need to instruct a Partington conveyancer ?

There is no argument why a buyer cant take care of the legal work unaided.

That said, a Partington lawyer is in charge of a huge array of skilled tasks such as chasing outstanding papers or ongoing communication with the other sides solicitors most of which need training.

Moreover legal firms will obtain professional indemnity insurance to shield you from any losses you encounter.

We need to know which Partington lenders you work with. Which panels are your solicitors on?

Most lenders in Partington are on our solicitors' panels. Local mortgage lenders and brokers include Wise One (UK) Ltd, 96-98 Glazebrook La, Glazebrook, Warrington, WA3 5BE.

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.

How much is stamp duty and land transaction tax?

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is based on a trigger threshold of £125,000, followed by a calculation of increasing percentages against the price bands, which are then added together:

  • Less than £125,000 = 0%
  • £125,000-£250,000 = 2%
  • £250,000-£925,000 = 5%
  • £925,000-£1,500,000 = 10%
  • More than £1,500,000 = 12%

For example, a house bought for £450,000 will trigger SDLT at £12,500 (£0 for the first £125,000, £2,500 for the next £125,000, and £10,000 for the next £150,000 as the price falls in the first three bands).

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.

What can a Partington conveyancing solicitor recommend if the property is in a Trafford conservation area that possibly has unbecoming windows fitted to it?

Local authority enquiries carried out by a solicitor will confirm if the Partington property a conservation area and evidence of council approval for alterations will be requested.

Should I get my short lease extended before selling?

Buyers are becoming increasingly wary of buying leaseholds with less than 90 years to run because, first, the cost of increasing a leasehold is becoming far more expensive, and, second, mortgage companies are becoming increasingly reticent to lend money to buy leases that have dropped below the 80-year mark (indeed, this will be one of the criteria that they set to ensure their investment is protected).

As a result, buyers will often insist that the leasehold be extended back up to the 99-year or 125-year typical thresholds before going ahead and buying it. So, as the current leaseholder, you will almost certainly be expected to do the legal work required to extend the lease to a level that buyers will be happy with.

What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?

Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.

As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.

Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.