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Conveyancing in Wakefield Q & A's

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Updated: 22/10/16

As calculated by the 2011 census Wakefield has a residential population 512,657 spread over an area of 119,932 acres (48,535 hectares) which equals a population density of 4.3 people per acre or 10.6 per hectare.

Motorists are well served with Wakefield ideally situated with very good road access nearby at under 2 miles off the M1 Junction 40 Southbound.

Wakefield Westgate station is around 1 mile from Wakefield and Leeds Bradford Airport is 14 miles from Wakefield. Robin Hood Airport is 25 miles and Sheffield City Airport is 21 mile away.

Wakefield, Clayton is a nearby hospital.


I am trying to find fixed rate Wakefield conveyancing. What do we need to consider?


The lack of clarity surrounding this point catches out many buyers, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted, and many solicitors promote 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but extra costs are frequently hidden in the small print which buyers may have not read carefully Extra costs should be reasonable and clear and only be applied if the lawyer is required to complete extra work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process. Our quotes clearly state all legal fees for a standard conveyancing transaction.


Lawyers in Wakefield carry out some conveyancing searches when they are instructed by a purchase client, what particular searches?


If buying and getting a mortgage a mortgage lender requires you to a solicitor to get at least the following Local Authority, Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW or personal) and Environmental and perhaps unique particular for example Index Map Search (SIM).


Is it advisable that I get searches for chancel liability? We are buying a flat in Wakefield.


Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Wakefield Church council. Parochial Church Councils in Wakefield must register their interest over property by October 2013, simplifying the chancel search process. A conveyancing solicitor will be able to advise further. Wakefield church properties include St Peters Church Centre, Chantry Bridge, St Mary, St Peters Church Centre and St Peters Church Centre.


I plan to buy a church rectory in Little Ouseburn. Will we need a chancel search?


The Wakefield conveyancing solicitor might recommend that a chancel search be ordered. In Wakefield's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on the current owners of a building where parish councils have not imposed the same liability on the last owners. For property in the parish of Little Ouseburn, it is not safe to rely on the historical behaviour of the parish council alone as a guide.


With a £259,000 house ready to buy, with no mortgage, how do we aim for a fast conveyancing transaction in Wakefield?


Contacting a proactive, diligent conveyancing solicitor is crucial to fast conveyancing. There are, however, various jobs you, as the buyer, could do to get moving sooner. These include:

  • promptly completing and return any forms
  • ordering a property survey early in the transaction
  • contacting your conveyancing solicitor regularly


The home being purchased is in South Kirkby. Is it possible to claim disadvantaged area relief in Wakefield?


Wakefield disadvantaged areas are identified by ward boundary. Disadvantaged areas in Wakefield are Featherstone, Hemsworth, Knottingley, Wakefield East, Wakefield North, Castleford Ferry Fryston, Castleford Glasshoughton, Castleford Whitwood, Normanton and Sharlston, South Elmsall, South Kirkby and Wakefield Central. Update: As of the 2013/14 tax year, stamp duty relief for disadvantaged areas is no longer available.


How much is the council tax on a Forties mid-terrace building in Wakefield?


Commonly, the title report will provide the appropriate Wakefield council tax band. Council tax rates for properties in Wakefield are set out online at the Wakefield local authority website. Currently, 16/02/2013, the rates are:

  • Band A - £872.00
  • Band B - £1,017.00
  • Band C - £1,162.00
  • Band D - £1,308.00
  • Band E - £1,598.00
  • Band F - £1,889.00
  • Band G - £2,179.00
  • Band H - £2,615.00


We are buying on a ex-industrial use land. Could the top-soil be contaminated by industrial waste?


Policies and legislation are in place to control pollution, waste, water and chemical contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contamination.