How do I identify whether the South Woodham Ferrers conservation area we are buying in is at risk?
Conservation areas are set up by the local authority (Rochford) who preserve the state of the area including things like new developments, extensions and building materials.
English Heritage, a government body, have assembled records of the state of repair of conservation areas as well as the risk of the area falling into disrepair.
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.
What makes conveyancing work in South Woodham Ferrers to require months? Isn't it just filing paperwork?
The legal work required to buy or sell a property could be drawn out. We work hard to diminish the impact of these delays by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible. Delays include the time taken to return management information.
Is the buyer or seller responsible for the searches?>
It is you, as the buyer, who is responsible for checking that all is well with the property you are buying. This is why your conveyancing solicitor will order a set of standard searches (Local Authority, Water and Drainage, Environmental, and Chancel Repair – these are also the searches requited by your mortgage lender), plus additional searches dependent on the property, recommendations from the surveyor in the survey report, and the location and history of the area.
Need a little help on understanding the detail of your conveyancing? Our solicitors make sure that everything about your transaction is clear so you always know what's going on. Call now on 0800 038 6699 and we'll get your conveyancing under way today.
How early do you need to speak to a conveyancing solicitor to handle our sale?
The short answer is, earlier is preferable, as conveyancing involves a number of tasks that can begin straight away. Instructing a conveyancing solicitor to handle your South Woodham Ferrers conveyancing early for a sale means that documents can be prepared earlier, considerably accelerating the whole process, whereas if you are buying you will the details of your South Woodham Ferrers solicitor ready when you make an offer.