Does your firm manage the conveyancing for auction properties in West Wimbledon?
We are very capable working with residential property auction protocols. Often more complicated to convey buildings e. g. development propositions, are included at property auctions which demand supplementary fact-finding. Homeward Legal therefore strongly suggest that auction buyers choose an auction experienced lawyer well in advance of the date of the auction for a detailed investigation. Post auction day a lawyer needs to be focused on finalise the purchase inside 28 days after exchange of contracts as conventionally required by the auction conditions.
How much is the council tax on a Thirties semi-detached Band H property in West Wimbledon?
Typically a conveyancer's title report should give detail the relevant Merton council tax band. The latest tax charges for West Wimbledon are published on the Merton council website. At the time of writing, 18 January 2013, the rates are:
- Band A - £942.00
- Band B - £1,099.00
- Band C - £1,256.00
- Band D - £1,413.00
- Band E - £1,727.00
- Band F - £2,041.00
- Band G - £2,355.00
- Band H - £2,827.00
Which issues are important to ensure a fast conveyancing process?
Experienced buyers will tell you that instructing a proactive lawyer is crucial to faster conveyancing. When finding a suitable a lawyer, ask yourself the following: Do they work on a 'no sale, no fee' basis? Do they offer 'instant' online quotes? Do they use email as the preferred mode of communication?
What should I do about the transfer of ownership of the utility billing?
It is the responsibility of the former owners to inform the utilities firms (gas, electricity, water, etc.) that they are moving.
You should give your current suppliers at least 48 hours’ notice that you’re moving home and, when you leave your old property, you should take all the necessary readings and send them to your old supplier(s) along with your forwarding address, so that they can send you a final bill and sort out any credit you might be owed.
You should give your new utility suppliers at least 48 hours giving your personal details for the new property. When you move into your new property, you should take all the readings again and send them to the new suppliers so that they have a record of where to start the bills running.
Can I agree a sale price without involving an estate agent or solicitor?
This depends on whether you have signed up with an estate agent and what agreement is already in place. While it might seem unfair if you’ve found a buyer outside of the estate agency process and you’re expected to still pay the agent their fees on sale, you should be very careful about stepping outside the agreed terms and conditions since this is legally binding and you may face penalties as a result. Therefore, if you want to follow this course, it’s worth checking the details with a solicitor to ensure you’re following the letter of the law.
If you’re not with an agent, you can publicise your house details with a number of publications and online sites (some are free, others require a fee), but you’ll need to do all the legwork and administration. For a legal standpoint, you don’t need to appoint a solicitor to perform the conveyancing, but it would be an unwise option to pursue as you will probably have neither the training or experience in some its complexities, and you won’t have the protective indemnity insurance in the event of a problem arising with your work.