Conveyancing In Westminster Q & A's
How do we stop gazumping?
This describes when a house seller acknowledges an offer, then rejects it, choosing instead a better offer. The risk of getting gazumped is present in any transaction. To reduce the likelihood of being gazumped, consider instructing an efficient solicitor early, and even before acceptance of an offer.
What causes the purchase conveyancing process to require so much time and effort?
The legal work needed to sell or purchase a home can suffer setbacks. We endeavour to minimise their impact whenever it is possible by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible.
I am buying a church rectory in the parish of St Anne Soho. Will a chancel search be necessary?
The solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be ordered, whichever parish in which the house being purchased is located. In Westminster's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have previously chosen not to do so, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.
What amount of time may conveyancing need, in your experience? I am buying in Westminster.
For the majority of property purchasers, the number of weeks taken to buy or sell a house is not wholly predictable, dependent on several issues affecting the property which can include if a property is leasehold or freehold. With our Westminster property specialists, every sale is handled quickly, and to the highest standard of service.
What do I do if new and severe damage is found after moving in?
You should reasonably expect the home into which you’re moving to be cleared, clean and without additional damage. Of course, things can happen as removals can chip plaster, scratch or tear wallpaper, etc., but if there is significant damage that was not present before, it would be advisable to talk to your solicitor to see if there is any recourse for you on your seller.
You may also like to think about writing a clause into the contract that money will only be released after a cursory inspection of the premises to confirm that you are happy. This needs to be agreed with the seller’s solicitor, but the expectation is already raised. Beware that, in the chaos of the moving day, you can’t afford to delay things too much, so it’s a fine balance.