We plan to purchase a rectory in Bellingham. Will a chancel search be required?
A conveyancer could advise a chancel search, whichever parish where the house being bought is located. Chancel repair can be imposed on owners of a house where parish councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. Even if liability is unlikely, indemnity insurance is a sensible precaution.
If there are outstanding works approved in the planning consent, can I still use it?
Generally speaking, planning permission legally has to have an expiry date, which is usually for a period of three years from approval for the building work to start (and not necessarily complete, unless the consent has a suitable caveat).
This means that the consent is against the property and the intended construction rather than the person who made the application. As such, if the planning consent remains within the expiry period, the agreement is transferrable to the new owner of the property.
Your solicitor will be able to provide further advice, once enquiries with the local authority have been satisfactorily completed as part of the conveyancing.
What are searches, and how do they differ from a survey?
Searches are a set of enquiries carried out by your surveyor to various authorities such as the local council, HM Land Registry, etc., and focuses on the impact of the local area on your potential enjoyment of living at the property, while a survey (a HomeBuyer Report or Building Survey) is focused on the structural integrity of the home and its permanent outbuildings and constructions.
While each may throw up similar issues (such as missing planning consents or boundary issues), they are very different and achieve very different purposes.
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My estate agent has offered the conveyancing. Should I use this solicitor?
If you instruct a solicitor through this route, you the agent is able to use their influence induce a slow solicitor to work faster, however, these referrals must be compared with other local solicitors, or better-value firms found online, as the agent may prefer to suggest whichever firm pays the most per referral, not the law firm with the best reputation.
Is your solicitor team able to complete within 28 days of exchange on property auction conveyancing in Stamfordham?
The legal team prepare legal packs for vendors and regularly do the legal conveyancing buyers at auction. Lawyers invariably advocate buyers at auction to formally appoint an experienced conveyancing company in advance of the actual auction to give enough time for a review of the sellers legal pack.
Thereafter, following the property auction you are the lawyer must be prepared for briskly complete the legal side of things in less than the 28 day time frame as usually required by the terms of sale.
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.