We are going to buy a property, and have a quote from you. May there be any additional costs?
No. Our solicitors never hide any hidden extra costs for sale or purchase conveyancing. Some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, meaning that you could pay much more when you complete.
Is it necessary to get a chancel search? I am buying a Acklam home close to an ecclesiastical parish.
Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Acklam Church council. Some names or words such as 'glebe' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Churches in this area which may give rise to chancel liability include St John the Baptist.
Nationwide Building Society is going to be our lender - what will we need to be aware of?
A small number of lenders have reduced their 'solicitor panel', which may result in increased conveyancing costs for buyers. Homeward Legal, however, are able to act for many CML-approved lenders so that the buyer will not have to pay an additional fee for your lender's solicitor.
Which local authority is responsible for Acklam?
Acklam is located in Middlesbrough Council, PO Box 99A, Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QQ, phone: 01642 245 432
How do I check that a residence is in a designated conservation area?
Parts of Acklam considered be of architectural or historic interest, like stretches of canals, may be registered as areas of conservation. A property solicitor will address the consequences of purchasing property in a conservation area.
Does my assigned Acklam lawyer inform me about the amount to be paid of council tax for a Band F cottage before exchange of contracts?
The property solicitor will write to the governing Middlesbrough local council to discover the up to date council tax rates, which will then be detailed in the conveyancer's title report.
Up-to-date charges for Acklam are set out in detail at the Middlesbrough local authority website. At the time of writing, 16 July 2012, the different rates are:
- Band A - £1,044.00
- Band B - £1,218.00
- Band C - £1,392.00
- Band D - £1,566.00
- Band E - £1,915.00
- Band F - £2,263.00
- Band G - £2,611.00
- Band H - £3,133.00