Is it hard to sell a property located in a conservation area?
A conservation area is designated and managed by the local authority to ensure the unique nature of the location is maintained by placing restrictions on changes to the buildings, street furniture and green spaces to protect the architectural or historical interest of everything within the conservation area boundary.
Because of this resistance to change, this usually means homes in conservation areas are more attractive to buyers, and, as such, there may be a premium to pay over properties outside such areas. Because of the attraction of such property, they will usually sell well and quickly. However, there will need to be greater checks by the buyer’s solicitor to verify that your property conforms to the conservation area restrictions, which may add extra time to the duration of the conveyancing.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have a great deal of experience working with sales and purchases in conservation areas, so why not give our team a quick call on 0800 038 6699 right now to find out what we can do to help your plans?
What factors will contaminate land in Albany Park, and should they be a problem?
Property in Albany Park is contaminated by several natural and human-influenced issues, such as hazardous substances in the ground or brine works. An environmental search will give more information.
I've had a conveyancing quote from you. Will there be any hidden costs?
We will never charge any hidden extra fees. Your quote is an single, accurate fee the legal costs for your move.
The survey revealed that no planning consent was obtained for an extension: What are the issues I’ll face?
The chartered surveyor inspecting the property will check any extensions or works that have occurred and highlight any concerns for the attention of your conveyancing solicitor, who will make enquiries with the local authority to establish whether the consents and building regulations are in place.
If the building regulations agreement is not in place, the vendor is not legally allowed to sell the property until they are, since the title deeds cannot be transferred to your ownership. If building requiring planning consent is present at the property but without proof of consent approval, the local authority might be willing to accept a retrospective approval, although this could take a long time, and, even then, they may instruct you, as the new owner, to return the building to its former state, which could be very costly.
Your solicitor will be able to advise you on the most appropriate course of action to take, including whether the retrospective planning or the reversal of building works can be renegotiated from the agreed sale price.
Would you recommend that we get searches for chancel liability? We are buying a house close to a rectory in Albany Park.
As a result of chancel repair liability, the owners of property in Albany Park which was once owned by a 'lay impropriators' can be liable for repairs to a medieval church. After the passing of an Act in 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013.
What kind of enquiries in relation to the uncertain risk of local flooding around Bexley will the Albany Park lawyer look into?
An essential step in the legal due diligence procedure of purchasing a property involves a solicitor conducting environmental searches that provide some details about the risk of flooding in Albany Park.