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The importance of choosing the right Conveyancing Solicitor for your home sale or purchase cannot be underestimated.
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If you are selling a property, your Conveyancing Solicitor will draft a sale contract and handle a series of legal enquiries made by the buyer's solicitor.
If buying, your Solicitor conducts thorough due dilligence into the property's title, the land upon which it sits and local and environmental issue. They make sure that the seller actually owns the property, that any mortgage is correctly administered and that the property is correctly registered with the Land Registry.
If the property is leasehold, further enquiries must be made about the lease itself, as well as any obligations you will have as the owner such as Service charges, ground rent, repair obligations and responsibility for costs of upkeep and repair.
It doesn't end there either as Property Lawyers must consider a whole number of other factors depending in the property and its location;
Conveyancing's big secret is that you don't always get what you pay for. In fact, a higher price doesn't ensure higher service or speed at all. There are slow, expensive and old-fashioned lawyers - and there are nimble, efficient Conveyancing Solicitors who care about their reputation, and charge an unbeatable rate for unparalleled service. The best conveyancing quotes are those that include everything, with no hidden fees.
Many Conveyancing Solicitors' don't actually provide a Fixed Fee Quote, they give variable estimates. Some advertise a low upfront cost, but when it comes to complete the sale or purchase of your home, the final bill will be much bigger.
A common excuse for this practice is that the exact details of individual cases vary, and your Solicitor might have to do additional work to make sure that the process is a success. Even if yours is one of the rare cases which do become more complex, most additional costs are entirely predictable. These aren't rare at all, but expenses which commonly arise during most Conveyancing transactions, and which should be made clear upfront.
For example , many Solicitors hide additional fees in their terms and conditions for things like:
(See our comprehensive list of hidden conveyancing fees chaged by many Property Lawyers).
Listed building consent is required for all alterations to listed buildings and their interiors irrespective of their grade or category of listing. It is also required for alterations to any object or structure which lies within the grounds or 'curtilage' of a listed building and which was constructed before 1 July 1948. This may be taken to include garden walls, sundials, dovecotes and other such objects and structures as well as buildings which are ancillary to the principal building, not separated from it, and were so at the time of listing.
You will need to get listed building consent from the local council if you want to demolish the property or any part of it, or alter it in any way which would affect its character, inside or out. Repairs which match exactly may not need consent, but your local council will advise you on this as the effect of any repairs is not always straightforward.
Examples of work which may need consent include changing windows and doors, painting over brickwork or removing external surfaces, putting in dormer windows or rooflights, putting up aerials, satellite dishes and burglar alarms, changing roofing materials, moving or removing internal walls, making new doorways, and removing or altering fireplaces, panelling or staircases.
Carrying out unauthorised work to a listed building is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or a prison sentence, and the local council can require you to return the building to its state prior to the work being carried out.
If you believe works have been carried out on a property you are buying, that may have required local authority consents (such as an extension, or other structural works), you should raise this with your solicitor as soon as possible.
Searches may reveal breaches of local authority consents, but they will not reveal whether works have been commissioned without formal consent. It is your responsibility to highlight any such works to your conveyancer. In addition to extensions, works could include, for example, the removal of structural walls or the conversion of a garage or loft space to create additional living accommodation.
Planning Permissions and Building Regulations consents may be supplied by the Seller. Where conditions have been imposed then please check from your own personal knowledge of the property that the Seller has met the conditions.
Where there is no evidence that Building Regulation Approval has been obtained for works carried out by the seller, if they were completed more than four years ago it is unlikely that the council would take any enforcement action. The only circumstances in which the council would take action is if the property is a threat to health and safety. A surveyor should usually recognise this, but your solicitor may advise obtaining indemnity insurance against the council taking any action. This not only will give you the benefit of piece of mind, but may also be required by your lender.
Note that your solicitor will assume that the property is to be used for residential purposes unless you specify otherwise. In the event that you have a different proposed use, such as conversion to retail premises, be sure to raise this.
If you are considering a change of use, you should consider whether or not this could adversely effect the value of the property. It may be prudent for you to check with the local planning department and see what the chances of an Application for Change of Use would be.
The local council in the Isleworth area is Hounslow Council. The council website contains a vast amount of information such as: Advice & benefits, community & living, education, housing and many other areas of information.
A Local Authority Search will be applied for by your Solicitor as part of the conveyancing process when you purchase a property. This will help you asses the local area before you move there. You can also contact the Hounslow Council for any specific queries you may have.