What will a Rubery conveyancing solicitor do when the building we want to buy is in a local authority conservation area and has unsuitable PVC windows added?
Your property solicitor should establish if the property is inside a designated conservation area, and if so whether any modifications have the necessary consent from the local authority.
Flood risk searches are all well and good but in light of recent climactic events e g the major flooding in 2012 in the Midlands are they actually good enough to determine sufficient information about the Rubery flood risk area?
Environmental searches conducted by a lawyer in Rubery will also include the far more thorough search (Landmark) if the risk is deemed significant.
It may be prudent to converse with a local resident for more comfort if still concerned.
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.
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We are on a very limited budget , Can doing the conveyancing myself without the help of a property lawyer in Rubery possibly save any money?
There are no arguments why a buyer cannot look after the your own conveyancing without a professional Rubery conveyancing solicitor. In reality however, a conveyancing solicitor in Rubery handles a large number of assignments ranging from chasing outstanding papers or ensuring listed building alterations are compliant most of which need a qualified professional. Essentially do it yourself conveyancers might come a cropper sufficient professional indemnity insurance which solicitors firms are obliged to get.
The agent has suggested a conveyancing. Is it a good idea to use this firm?
Many agents will have referral deals with solicitors where they refer clients. However, if they are paid a referral fee, an agent may choose the conveyancer who pays out the highest referral fee, not the law firm with the best reputation.
Do I need a solicitor?
The quick and easy answer is that you don’t. There is no legal imperative for you to employ a solicitor to handle the conveyancing when dealing with property. However, it would be rather unwise for you to carry out the work yourself because you probably won’t have the skills, knowledge and experience to perform many of the complex tasks, and you won’t possess the indemnity insurance that all solicitors are obliged to carry to protect clients in the event that something goes wrong.
You need to appoint a solicitor who is experienced, proactive and focused so that you have the best chance of completing your transaction as early as possible. You should also look for such a solicitor who also offers ‘No Completion, No Fee’ protection so that you will only be invoiced for the fees once your transaction has completed successfully.
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If I’m renting out rooms in my house, do I need to appoint a solicitor?
No, you don’t, because there is no legal imperative for you to do so. However, it’s not as straightforward as simply leasing out a room to a renter because there are certain provisions that must be met in order to protect you as the renter and the person renting the room.
This depends on the room and where it is in the property, state of the plumbing, insurance, and a number of other factors. You’ll also need to draw up a tenancy agreement to ensure demarcation and rights for both parties. While you won’t necessarily need a solicitor involved, it’s worth contacting a letting agency who will have the experience and knowledge to ensure you have everything in place. Be aware that any advice you seek from professionals may come with a fee, so it would be worth shopping around first.