Our conveyancing Worthing team of experts, were, in September 2009, asked to handle the purchase conveyancing for a freehold, for a property located at Mill Court in Worthing. This particular home was estimated to be worth about £154, 000. 00. The local authority council of the property was Worthing Borough Council.
Detailed conveyancing enquiries were faxed within the same day of receiving draft contract documentation (including Transfer Deeds, Standard Conditions of Sale, replies to Requisitions on Title).
As this property was in a conservation area, conveyancers needed to take extra precautions in case any alteration have been made. The local authority search revealed that Mill Court was an unadopted road in this area and this was of concern to the buyer and their mortgage lender. Further investigations needed to be made with the registered owners as to ownership of the road and practical arrangements in terms of maintenance and upkeep. An order to preserve trees also existed at the property.
The Land Registry Office copies that were supplied, were out of date and so fresh copies were requested from the registered owners conveyancing solicitor. These documents revealed that the registered owners had owned the property for less than five years and as such there was a danger that the transfer of the property to the seller could be set aside if it was established that the property within that five year period was a Transfer at Undervalue.
The Land Registry documentation revealed that the property was subject to restrictions/rights/covenants, as set out in a conveyance dated 13/11/1958. It was important that we checked with the registered owners conveyancing lawyer that these restrictions/covenants had been fully complied with.
The property lawyer in charge of Worthing, West Sussex was Mary Spiteri-Panayi.
The estate agent's sales memorandum, detailing the registered owners conveyancing lawyer, was obtained shortly before receiving the draft contract documentation. The estate agent was Village Estates (branch covering Worthing).