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Old leases for flats in converted houses – watch out for problems

18/12/2013

With a rapidly expanding population and shortage of housing, since the Second World War, many houses have been converted into flats. According to the Office of National Statistics, there are over 800,000 properties where houses have been converted into flats in England. The flats created have generally been sold off on long residential leases. In READ MORE

Buying a property – understand the legal position with estate agents

12/12/2013

I work with lots of estate agents very closely and have excellent relationships with them and we get a lot of our work via recommendations from them. As in any area of business, estate agents role is to make money. They also are well advised to ensure they keep a good reputation. However, with property READ MORE

How we can help with a fast exchange of contracts

04/08/2013

In the video below James Swede explains that Darlingtons are highly efficient and experienced in securing a fast exchange of contract on property transactions. In many cases, where a property is in demand, moving quickly to exchange contracts is the difference between success and failure. To move quickly, you need a solicitor who is experienced READ MORE

Buying a property – valuation or survey ?

04/08/2013

In the video below James Swede explains why buyers should always seriously consider a full survey or at least homebuyers report rather than the lender’s standard valuation. Valuation or survey ? READ MORE

Arm’s length transactions

09/12/2012

In order for a transaction to be considered at “arm’s-length”, there is a requirement that the involved parties are independent in nature and equal. When looking at “arms-length transactions” specifically in relation to contractual agreements, it is vital that different parties in an agreement maintain this independence. It may be the case that both parties READ MORE

Property sale and purchase fall throughs

04/12/2012

Moving house, buying or selling, is inherently stressful and one of the worst aspects is the prospect of the transaction falling through, also known as an abortive sale or purchase. Under the English legal system, unless and until contracts are formally exchanged, either party can back out of the transaction without penalty, unless there is READ MORE

Boundary problems and Land Registry plans

22/10/2012

When buying property, ownership of the vast majority of property and land is conclusively determined, under the Registered Land system, by the Land Registry, which is a Government body. If the Land Registry title is incorrect, a buyer has the assurance that the Government is liable. However, it is important to be aware that whilst READ MORE

Caveat emptor, misrepresentation and ensuing conveyancing frustration !

22/10/2012

Following on from my blog post last week about conveyancing, one particular area causing inherent delay and frustration for buyers or sellers is pre-contract enquiries. From a seller perspective, having instructed their solicitor, the sellers will be asked to complete a number of pro forma forms with lots of questions about the property and it’s READ MORE

Conveyancing costs – a transparent guide

19/10/2012

With conveyancing there are often inherent anxieties, misunderstandings and frustrations for clients, who understandably see the process as getting from “a to z” as quickly as possible. Whilst I do not expect clients to fully understand or appreciate what is involved in the legal aspects of buying or selling a property, it can be frustrating READ MORE

Tips for buying a house or flat

10/05/2012

Top tips when you are buying a House or Flat  do not forget to confirm your booking with your removal firm, for the completion date – which is the date when the Seller must hand over the Property to you, with Vacant Possession [unless otherwise agreed] make sure you have the funds that are needed READ MORE