Conveyancing In Winterbourne Q & A's
Myself and my partner are intending to buy in Winterbourne. How can we find out whether the property is in a designated conservation area?
Conservation areas qualify areas of architectural or historic interest. These restrictions may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners, but the benefits will include more aesthetically pleasant surroundings. Your solicitor will be able to advise further.
How much effort is it to sort out a house in multiple occupancy (HMO)?
A house in multiple occupancy is defined as a property where at least three tenants live forming more than one household (one person or more living together), but share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
As a landlord of an HMO, your responsibilities include ensuring proper fire safety measures are in place, gas safety checks are completed annually, the electric system is checked every five years, there are sufficient bathroom and kitchen facilities for everyone to comfortably use, communal areas are kept clean and safe to use, and waste disposal is managed effectively (provision of bins and bags).
This requires more effort than having a property to rent to one household, and you may wish to employ a solicitor to sort out the legal side of things in the first instance, and a property management company to handle the administration, disputes, etc. on a daily basis.
Homeward Legal's experienced solicitors have completed many different transactions including properties for HMOs. Why not give us a quick call now on 0800 038 6699 to get your conveyancing under way today?
A right of way on the property I’m buying is redundant, but how do I get it removed from the deeds and registry?
A right of way through the grounds of a property is probably an inheritance before other building in the vicinity occurred that has since made the passage through redundant.
But, while having the right of way registered with the deeds means that feasibly someone could insist that they use it (as their public right), but, if they can’t access where the right of way originally led, it makes it a pointless activity.
It’s so unlikely that anyone will want to do this that you have to weigh up the cost of the legal process to get the right of way officially removed against not proceeding. However, if you are at all worried, talk to your solicitor so that it can be investigated further as part of the conveyancing, at which point they can guide you on the appropriate action and the associated costs (this will be in addition to the standard fees for the conveyancing and your solicitor will advise of this additional cost).
Homeward Legal's solicitors provide transparent quotes, detailing what is included in the fees and disbursements and will help with estimates for additional legal work. So, now is the best time to get your conveyancing under way on 0800 038 6699.
I am buying a converted chapel in Leonard Stanley. Will a chancel search be compulsory?
Whether you are buying a property in Winterbourne or elsewhere in the county, the property solicitor could advise that a chancel search be ordered. Chancel repair may be apportioned on the owners of a property where Parochial Church Councils may have spared previous owners or tenants. It is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.
If you are purchasing a apartment close by a priory built in the 1200s in Winterbourne, is it advisable to get a search for chancel liability?
Where land in Winterbourne was once owned by a lay-rector, new owners of that property may be obliged to subsidise maintenance of nearby church land. Parochial Church Councils in Winterbourne must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. The solicitor acting on your behalf will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Winterbourne churches where a chancel search may be necessary include Chapel of St. James the Less, St Martin and St Michael the Archangel.
Should the fixtures and fittings form list things like curtain rails?
Mainly, fixtures are fixed items, such as fitted gas or electric fires to the property and cannot be easily removed, whereas fixtures are free-standing. Completion or agreement of a fixtures and fittings form is unfortunately often left to the last minute, when a dispute may jeopordise the transaction, and which can make the completion of a fixtures and fitting form necessary.
How much time can we budget for the conveyancing process need?
In general, the number of weeks taken to transfer residential property varies, according to a handful of factors which may include when 3rd parties fail to promptly answer queries. With our Winterbourne property specialists, the matter is handled as fast as possible, without compromising on service.