Does my assigned property solicitor in Accrington inform me about the amount to be paid of council tax on a Band A property before completion?
A conveyancer will contact the council to ask about the currently applicable council tax rates, which should then be set out in the report on title. Correct rates for homes in Accrington are listed at the Burnley local authority site. At the time of writing, 22 January 2013, the different rates are:
- Band A - £1,054.00
- Band B - £1,230.00
- Band C - £1,406.00
- Band D - £1,581.00
- Band E - £1,933.00
- Band F - £2,284.00
- Band G - £2,635.00
- Band H - £3,162.00
The estate agent has referred the conveyancing solicitor who they generally use. Must we instruct this firm?
Your agent will have influence over a conveyancer they refer a large number of clients to, and can therefore exert pressure on a solicitor to wrap up the process as soon as possible. These referrals need to be considered carefully, as some agents choose the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not a firm with local expertise and a solid reputation.
Which local authority is responsible for Accrington?
Accrington is located in Hyndburn Borough Council, Scaitcliffe House, Ormerod Street, Accrington, BB5 0PF, Tel: 01254 388 111
Do we need to get searches for chancel liability? I am buying a Accrington flat conversion on the same street as a priory built in the 17th Century.
In Accrington, some owners can be required to subsidise maintenance of local churches. Several sources are used to determine liability in Accrington, including parish records. Accrington church lands which may give rise to chancel liability include St John, St James, Christ Church and St Mary Magdalen.
We are purchasing an Edwardian terraced house, is it usually recommended that searches are performed?
Conveyancing searches are a prescribed collection of enquiries performed on behalf of the purchaser. They will not identify structural issues.
Could chromium contaminate land in Accrington?
With this region's industrial history in parts of Accrington, top-soil contamination is difficult to avoid. The local authority for Accrington will be able to provide more detail on cases of contamination.
I am intending to buy a residence in Preston St George. Should we get a chancel search?
Your lawyer could advise a chancel search. Although some Parochial Church Councils have opted to exact chancel repairs on the current owners of affected property, there is no guarantee that a parish in which lay rectors have not been expected to pay chancel repair dues recently will not continue to be so.