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Aston Lawyer, Solicitor
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Experience:  Solicitor LLB (Hons) 23 years of experience in Conveyancing and Property Law
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My conveyencing solicitor is not being forceful enough

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My conveyencing solicitor is not being forceful enough with getting the correct information from my landlord. The Landlord is an elderly gentleman and I feel probably is confused with all the paperwork. He has been managing his own properties, we have been asking for information from him for many weeks now. my buyer is getting fed up with the waiting, and will pull out on the sale if we do't hurry up!
What can I suggest to my solicitor to get things moving?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Aston Lawyer replied 3 years ago.

Hello and thanks for using Just Answer.

My name is ***** ***** am happy to assist you with your enquiry.

I appreciate these leasehold enquiries may have been requested a while ago, but if your Landlord has only received his admin fee last Monday, you will have to give him until say Wednesday to hopefully get the replies to your Solicitor, especially if he is an elderly person who may find the questions less than simple.(On average, Managing Agents take at least 2 weeks to answer standard Leasehold enquiries).

I'm sorry this doesn't help you, but I am just trying to be honest with you -from a Solicitor's pont of view, giving your Landlord until Wednesday is the sensible thing to do. Yes, we could chase the Landlord, but that runs the risk of him delaying matters further if he feels he is being harrassed. Us Solicitors don't have any magic power to get answers from a person if they are not forthcoming. As your Estate Agent should know, many Leasehold sales are held up due to outstanding Landlord enquiries.

What I can suggest, however, is that if you are concerned, you should have a gentle conversation directly with your Landlord and perhaps say you may lose your Buyer if there is any delay, and could he please do all he can to get replies back asap.

I hope this sets out the legal position to you.

Kind Regards