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Updated: 20/10/16

Living in Hassocks? ;

Hassocks's nearest airport is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport (9 miles). Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 17 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 17 miles and Shoreham Airport is 9 miles away and Hassocks train station is almost 1 mile from Hassocks.

Princess Royal is the nearest hospital.


How do I get the best rates for conveyancing for a 473,000 house?


Several conveyancers purport to offer so-called 'the cheapest conveyancing'. However extra fees may inflate the final invoice. The quote must also state third party costs, termed disbursements, to be paid. Any additional charges should be reasonable and clear and be applied only where the solicitor must complete additional work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.


Can you explain why conveyancing for a Hassocks property purchase requires weeks?


The legal work required to buy or sell a house or flat could be lengthy. We see how frustrating such delays may be and aim to lessen the impact of these delays by pushing all parties involved.


Is a chancel repair liability search a disbursement or fee?


Unfortunately, some firms attempt to pass off additional costs as disbursements. It is not always clear whether a cost is a fee or disbursement, and if it ought to be included. This charge is a disbursement not a fee, and is passed on at cost.


If we are buying on the same road as a 1700s vicarage in Hassocks, is it recommended that I get a chancel search?


Some owners in Hassocks can be required to pay for upkeep of specific local church buildings. Insurance

may be available to protect a buyer should a Hassocks Parochial Church Council enforce liability. Church lands in Hassocks where a chancel search may be necessary include St Francis of Assisi.


If I am intending to purchase in the parish of Earnley and Almodington, will we need a chancel search?


A Hassocks conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search be ordered. Although some Parochial Church Councils have exercised their right to exact chancel repairs on the current owners, it is not possible to be certain that a parish where chancel repair fees have not been paid previously will continue to be free from liability, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.


As a result of the widespread surface water flooding in Worthing and West Sussex we are wondering whether conveyancing searches aren't detailed enough?


A conveyancer in Hassocks will advise you to include detailed conveyancing searches if the enviro search establishes a any kind of local Hassocks flood risk.

For extra assurance you may be able to contact a local resident or nearby West Sussex flood damage builder - e.g. Harris P D Ltd, The Granaries/Henfield Rd, Albourne, Hassocks, BN6 9JJ Tel: 01273 492716.


How is stamp duty worked out?


Stamp Duty is based on the property's value. Stamp duty will be £54300 on a £1086000 residential property in Hassocks (information accurate 15/01/2013).


What will the council tax cost for a Sixties Band A maisonette in Hassocks?


The homes council tax band will in most cases be given within the conveyancer's title report, as well as by the governing local authority Council tax rates for residents of Hassocks are listed on the Mid Sussex local authority site. Currently (23 November 2012) the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,004.00
  • Band B - £1,172.00
  • Band C - £1,339.00
  • Band D - £1,506.00
  • Band E - £1,841.00
  • Band F - £2,176.00
  • Band G - £2,510.00
  • Band H - £3,012.00