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Conveyancing in Ackworth Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/07/17

Are you planning to moving to the area? Practical Ackworth travel and services information -

The closest station to Ackworth is Fitzwilliam, around 2 miles away and the nearest airport to Ackworth is Robin Hood Airport. Leeds Bradford Airport is 21 mile s, and Sheffield City Airport is 18 miles away.

The closest hospital to Ackworth is Pontefract General Infirmary.

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How do we get a cheap solicitor quote to purchase a house?

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Both high-street and online solicitors offer supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional costs will be included in the terms. Any extra charges needs to be reasonable. We provide quotes, not estimates, and clearly state the fees for a standard conveyancing.

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What sort of local environmental searches into the risk of possible flooding in the Yorkshire, West Riding area will a property lawyer in Ackworth actually do?

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An essential step in the conveyancing protocol involves the conveyancing lawyer conducting conveyancing searches that set out details on the local Ackworth flood risk. At the time of writing (01/03/13) reports on the UK Environment Agency do not list any flood warnings in the Ackworth area.

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Is gazumping usual in Ackworth?

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This happens when an offer is accepted, and then rejected, by the seller, opting instead for a greater offer. There is almost always a chance of being gazumped. Instructing a law firm early is a key first step to reducing this risk.

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I am buying a restored chapel in the parish of Thornton. Should we get a chancel search?

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The solicitor may suggest a chancel search. Through some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have decided to impose chancel repairs on the current owners, there is no way to be certain that a parish which has not imposed liability will not be so in future.

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We are buying on a brownfield site. It seems uranium soil contamination may be an issue.

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Soil contamination is closely checked. Data on many contaminants, such as organohalides and groundwater contamination, will be included in an environmental search.

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Does your solicitors company specialise the conveyancing for auction properties in Ackworth?

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Homeward Legal is very competent with property auction procedures. Very often unusually constructed auction lots like development land, are included in property auctions which tend to want greater examination. Solicitors therefore strongly advocate that purchasers select a property conveyancing lawyer before the auction so there is time for a title report.

Subsequently, immediately after the actual auction your lawyer is wholly geared up to concluding the conveyancing in a as tight time frame as required by the auction conditions.

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Will I need a building surveyor to investigate this house purchase?

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It is firmly advised that you arrange a home buyer survey if you are planning to buy in Ackworth. Numerous defects can negatively affect a property. These include cracks in walls or chimney defects, and these will not be addressed by your conveyancing solicitor.

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When I am buying in Ackworth, will we need a search for chancel liability?

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The judgement in Aston Cantlow (PCC) v Wallbank in 2003 reaffirmed that 'lay rectors' of property must cover the cost of church repairs. Following the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land in Ackworth must be registered by October 2013. This will make it easier to identify affected property through a chancel search. Ecclesiastical properties in Ackworth include All Saints and St Cuthbert.

 
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