Long story short - trying to buy a house. Previous owner is deceased and the house is now being sold by a so-called vulture fund. Conveyance, memorial and chain of title docs are all missing, and therefore, an application for first registration will likely not succeed.
House is being purchased cash, no mortgage/bank involved. My solicitor is not allowing me to proceed with the purchase of this house. The vendor seems to have no interest/ability in registering title prior to closing.
My solicitor was being quite vague and basically told me they could not represent such purchase and offered no alternative solution.
Has anybody dealt with something like this before? My understanding is that the house can never be sold, which seems a bit crazy. It was last lived in about 10 years ago, and there are plenty of docs in the name of the last owner, but some critical docs are missing. This has been a long process so far - going on about 12 months. Nothing has been done in the last 3 months or so. I am in no hurry to purchase but I am hopeful to be able to buy it eventually. Might need a miracle though!