If we are buying near Abridge, in the parish of Chappel, do we need a chancel search?
Your Abridge conveyancing solicitor may suggest that a chancel search is ordered. Chancel repair may be apportioned on the current owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils may have not done so in the past, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.
Can Abridge brownfield site top-soil still be contaminated?
Abridge's local area has a history of contamination from industry and natural causes, like much of the UK. Other sources of contaminated land include groundwater contamination.
What will the council tax cost me on a new build Band D maisonette in Abridge?
The council tax band should usually be detailed in the conveyancer's title report along with the governing local authority Up-to-date charges for properties in Abridge are set out in detail at the Epping Forest council site. At the time of writing, 28 July 2012, the rates are:
- Band A - £998.00
- Band B - £1,164.00
- Band C - £1,330.00
- Band D - £1,496.00
- Band E - £1,829.00
- Band F - £2,161.00
- Band G - £2,494.00
- Band H - £2,993.00
Who do I give the appliance warranties to if they are being left at the property I’m selling?
If you are leaving what is generally termed ‘white goods’ at the property you are selling, which are still in warranty, the documentation should be given to your solicitor so that any warranties can be given to the buyer’s solicitor as part of the contract.
Note that, should you be leaving any electrical (or other) items at the property, this should be made clear on the Fixtures and Fittings Form (TA10) and agreed as early as possible between you and the buyers, particularly if you want financial recompense in so doing.
In what ways does my conveyancing solicitor in Abridge advise me on the potential risk of local flooding in the Abridge area on a Victorian property we are purchasing?
A lawyer will carry out property conveyancing searches, which include Abridge flood risk area data. A significantly more detailed dedicated flood risk search, for instance the Landmark search, will typically be advocated by the property solicitor in Abridge if the results of the environmental search suggest flood risk to the property.
Should I change the locks after I move in?
It would be a wise move to replace the locks upon moving into your new home, for peace of mind if nothing else. Although you may have received a number of copies of the keys, you may not know accurately whether that bunch constitutes every copy.
Although changing the locks will be an extra cost, you may find that buildings insurance may look on the move favourably, too.
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I am planning to buy a house. Is it recommended that 'conveyancing searches' are undertaken?
These searches are standard questions ordered by the conveyancing solicitor, which may include a coal mining search. Searches are unable to address physical defects.