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Conveyancing in Acocks Green Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/07/17

Are you planning to moving to the Acocks Green area? Relevant local Acocks Green transport and public service facts and figures -

Birmingham Airport is 4 miles from Acocks Green. Coventry Airport is 16 miles and Wolverhampton Business Airport Airport is 19 miles away and Spring Road train station is approximately 1 mile from Acocks Green.

Heartlands , Birmingham is the closest hospital for Acocks Green.

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I am trying to find low cost conveyancing in Acocks Green. What do we need to check for?

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Both high-street and online solicitors advertise cheap conveyancing. However additional fees may inflate your final bill. Any charges listed in terms and conditions should be reasonable. Based on the property you intend to buy, our online quote calculator will generate an accurate statement of conveyancing fees.

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Are searches necessary?

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These searches are common set of questions ordered in the interest of the purchaser, and cover solely legal-related matters.

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Is a building survey sensible when we are purchasing residential property?

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It is firmly advised that you book a RICS survey if purchasing in Acocks Green. There are many problems that affect a property, which include wet rot and poor ventilation. These will not be reported on by a solicitor.

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Can you advise how I circumvent paying stamp duty in Acocks Green?

Stamp Duty Land Tax must be paid for property purchases sold for more than £125,000. We do not recommend purchasers risk any stamp duty mitigation, as such schemes are costly and the HMRC can review a scheme up to 6 years after a sale is completed and the total stamp duty, with interest, will be due.

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How can we find out more info about the Acocks Green and Acocks Green conservation areas?

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Local Acocks Green conservation area issues, for example area development, removal of existing windows or poorly maintained roads are handled by the local authority (Birmingham). English Heritage, a government body, administer a list of the condition of conservation areas.

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How much will our searches be?

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With Homeward Legal, conveyancing clients are charged at most £249 for a standard search bundle. Searches are disbursements paid to a third party, and are not included in a quote for solicitor's fees.

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How can a conveyancer in Acocks Green report back on the risk and history of local flooding around Acocks Green?

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A key step in the conveyancing protocol involves a conveyancer applying for environmental searches that offer some details regarding the local Acocks Green flood risk. At the time of writing (03/02/13) reports on the Environment Agency website don’t reveal any flood warnings in the Acocks Green area.

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In respect to the extensive flooding in 2012 in the Midlands we are questioning whether flood risk searches may not be sufficient?

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A competent Acocks Green conveyancing solicitor should always get flood searches if the standard search spots a significant risk local Acocks Green flood risk.

For more assurance it may be sensible to get in touch with a next door neighbour.

 
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