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Conveyancing in Alcester Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

Alcester area info

Kinwarton Dovecote National Trust Coughton Court Historic Houses Association and Billesley All Saints Churches Conservation Trust are in the vicinity of Alcester.

Alcester's closest train station is Wilmcote at 5 miles. The nearest airport to Alcester is Defford Airport (disused) Airport (15 miles). Birmingham Airport is 18 miles, Coventry Airport is 21 mile and away.

The nearest hospital to Alcester is Alcester.

Q.

We need to find the cheapest conveyancing quote. What should be watch out for?

A.

Several conveyancers claim to offer so-called cheap conveyancing quotes. Unfortunately extra fees will be included in the terms and conditions. These terms are often ignored by excited buyers, eager to get underway. Charges should be clearly defined.

Q.

Would you advise taking action to get out of paying out for stamp duty on our new property?

A.

Stamp Duty Land Tax is usually due on houses priced at over 125,000 pounds. Stamp duty mitigation should be treated with extreme caution in Alcester. These schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed. There have been certain legitimate initiatives, however, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas'. You will be able to confirm your eligibility for any such active initiatives with your solicitor..

Q.

Might fees for the conveyancing hide any hidden costs?

A.

Unfortunately, hidden fees are relatively common. Homeward Legal will not charge any extra, hidden fees. Some solicitors' firms will give a low estimate, not an accurate quote, meaning that your final bill could be much higher.

Q.

My local agent has offered a lawyer which they often use. Will it be easier to use this solicitor?

A.

Your agent will push a conveyancing solicitor. However, if the agent is paid a fee by the solicitor, some agents may 'recommend' the solicitor willing to pay the highest referral fee, not the best solicitor for your needs.

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What are conveyancing searches in regard to?

A.

Searches are common set of queries performed in the interest of the purchaser, including a brine search, and refer to legal-related matters.

Q.

What will a Alcester conveyancing solicitor do if the flat I am intending to buy is situated in a conservation area and has unseemly roof antenna added?

A.

Your property solicitor will always establish whether your new home is located within a conservation area, and if so whether any alterations have the requisite permission from the Stratford-on-Avon authority.

Q.

If we are buying in the parish of Wishaw, are we advised to get a chancel search?

A.

Regardless of the Alcester parish in which you are buying, the conveyancing lawyer may suggest that a chancel search be taken out. In Alcester's much older areas, chancel repair dues can be collected on owners of a house where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past.

Q.

Does the Alcester property solicitor report back to me about the cost of the council tax for a Band F apartment prior to exchange of contracts?

A.

A property lawyer will write to the Stratford-on-Avon local authority to enquire about the currently applicable council tax charges which should then be written in the conveyancer's title report. The latest tax charges for homes in Alcester are tabled at the Stratford-on-Avon local authority website. At the time of writing (01 July 2012) rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,011.00
  • Band B - £1,179.00
  • Band C - £1,348.00
  • Band D - £1,516.00
  • Band E - £1,853.00
  • Band F - £2,190.00
  • Band G - £2,527.00
  • Band H - £3,032.00

 
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