Land law is technically the same throughout the country, but there are often local peculiarities which an expert firm with local knowledge of the area will understand far better than a firm at the other end of the country.
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These are some of the areas that a Conveyancing Solicitor in Birmingham and the West Midlands region will be able to check and advise you on when buying a property in this area.
Local Planning matters in Birmingham
Conveyancing Solicitors acting for homebuyers will carry out searches with the local council to check whether there are any planning matters affecting the property. The results may show planning consents relating specifically to the property, but will also indicate if there are any things of a more general effect; this can include plans for proposed road improvements and new railway lines, which could have a significant effect on the value of the property. A Local Birmingham Conveyancer will know about such things, and can advise buyers accordingly.
Birmingham Environmental Searches
Birmingham was once known as ‘the workshop of the world’, and a huge variety of industrial operations have been carried out in the West Midlands area. In the past, many processes created substantial pollution, which may affect land, e.g. heavy metals contamination. Many workshops were small and located in the middle of residential areas, and even today small workshops and industrial plants are to be found in the back streets. Newer houses are often built on land that was previously used for industry, and although remedial operations should have been carried out, this was not always the case in the past. Therefore Fridaysmove Conveyancing Solicitors will ensure an environmental search is carried out, and can advise as to whether there are any problems. In most cases there is nothing to worry about, but the existence of a potential source of pollution may give rise to concern and affect the potential resale value of a property.
Conservation Areas in and around Birmingham
There are numerous conservation areas in the City of Birmingham and West Midlands vicinity. Any property in one of these areas is affected, and property owners will be restricted as to what they can do to their property. There can be severe repercussions if work is carried out without necessary consent, so Birmingham Conveyancing Solicitors acting for anyone buying a property nearby check whether appropriate approvals have been obtained for work carried out by the seller, as well as advising the buyer on the effect of the property being located within these boundaries.
Although coal was mined extensively near Birmingham and around the West Midlands, deep mining has now ceased. As the surface buildings of old collieries have been demolished, there is often little to show that mining took place locally. However the existence of old workings beneath a house can cause understandable concern, so a Local Conveyancing Solicitor with knowledge of the Birmingham region will carry out an appropriate search to check if a property has been affected by subsidence from old workings, or if there is a possibility that this could yet happen in future.
The Birmingham area includes a wide variety of flats, varying through modern purpose-built developments, conversions of old commercial buildings, large older houses split into smaller units, and maisonettes. Your local Birmingham Conveyancing Solicitor will have expert knowledge of both the law and the practical problems with leasehold properties, and will advise you on the provisions of the lease and give you other legal information relating to the property. You will be provided with details of the service charges payable for the property and other information relating to the management of the building.
Leasehold Houses - a peculiarity of Birmingham Conveyancing
Many houses in and around Birmingham were originally sold on leases. In other words, the landowner retained the freehold title but granted a lease for a fixed term; this was often 99 years, but sometimes was granted for longer periods such as 999 years. An owner might sell a long lease of a field to a speculative builder, who would then build houses on the land and sell them by way of underlease at a ground rent. As the properties were only leasehold, this meant that when the leases expired the freeholder could take possession of the land and house without any payment. Consequently during the last few years of such leases (known to Conveyancing Solicitors as the fag-end of the lease) the value of the property rapidly diminished to nothing. This became a major problem in the 1960s and parliament passed the Leasehold Reform Act 1967, which gave owners of leasehold houses the right to either buy the freehold or obtain an extended lease. Subsequently many owners of such properties exercised these rights of enfranchisement, but Conveyancing Solicitors in Birmingham today do sometimes come across houses which are still leasehold. In such cases they will advise someone buying such a property on the provisions of the lease, and to whom the ground rent is payable. They can also give advice about acquiring the freehold if the buyer wishes to do so.
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