The local agent has suggested a solicitor which they often use. Will it be easier to instruct them?
The agent will often endorse a solicitor. However, if they are paid a referral fee, the agent may recommend the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.
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.
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What do I get for my money from an estate agent?
A good estate agent will be able to bring their local knowledge into your transaction and reduce the amount of stress you might experience as part of the whole moving experience.
Although it might seem that agents do very little for their clients, they will help you set the sale price for your home by using their knowledge of similar properties, a large part will involve marketing your home by expressing it in its best light online and through fliers, phone calls and emails, etc., they will conduct viewings with ay interested potential buyers, manage the negotiations on the offers as they come in and, by law, they will also have to take all necessary steps to ensure the buyer is serious about entering into the contract to purchase the property when an offer is made.
However good you believe your chosen estate agent to be, you should take time to read through the terms and conditions thoroughly to understand what you’re paying them and what you’re going to get for your money.
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.
Do your property lawyers advise on auction conveyancing in Riding Mill?
All of our property conveyancers do frequently do the legal work for bidders at auction. We typically advise bidders to formally instruct a CQS conveyancing company before the day of the auction to allow sufficient time for a full review of the auction legal pack,
Thereafter, following the day of bidding a conveyancing solicitor will be prepared for speedily carry out the legal side of things inside the 4 week time frame as usually required by the terms of sale.
Is gazumping usual in Riding Mill?
The practice of rejecting the first offer post-acceptance when a better offer is made by a second buyer is called gazumping. There is almost always a chance of being gazumped. Instructing a conveyancing solicitor as early as possible should help to mitigate this risk.
We are purchasing a home in the parish of Alnwick. Is a chancel search appropriate?
A solicitor might recommend a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils have chosen to exact chancel repairs on new owners, it cannot be guaranteed that a parish which has not been subject to chancel liability in the past will continue to be free from liability, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.
What causes sale conveyancing legal work to require months?
The conveyancing process will occasionally take more time for many reasons. The delays may be out of a solicitor's control, Homeward Legal, however, know how distracting such delays can be and aim to reduce their impact by using fast search providers. Reasons for delay can include issues elsewhere in a chain.