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Conveyancing in Alfriston Q & A's

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Updated: 26/04/17

Local points of interest in Alfriston

Polegate Sussex Windmill, Seaford Seven Sisters Country Park Country Park and Firle Place Historic Houses Association are in the vicinity of Alfriston.

The closest train station to Alfriston is Berwick and the closest airport to Alfriston is Shoreham, Cecil Pashley Way Airport (20 miles).

The closest hospital to Alfriston is Eastbourne District General.

Q.

We are looking for a cheap solicitor to sell a property. What should be watch out for?

A.

Both high-street and online conveyancers claim to offer 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Often extra charges are often hiding in small print that unknowing sellers and buyers have not reviewed Additional charges listed in terms and conditions ought to be reasonable and be applicable if the solicitor must complete unanticipated additional work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

The property in Alfriston being bought is on a brownfield site. Is cobalt (Co) soil contamination likely?

A.

Alfriston and the surrounding region has a legacy of chemical contamination. Other sources of contaminated land include herbicides and groundwater contaminants like detergents.

Q.

Our mortgage lender is New Life Mortgages - what will I need to check?

A.

A small number of lenders are now limiting the firms who can act for them. For home buyers, this can result in significantly increased conveyancing costs. Homeward Legal, however, will act for most lenders in the UK, ensuring that an additional solicitor will not be required to act for your lender.

Q.

Environmental searches may be fine but considering recent weather changes for example the fact that 2012 was second

Q.

wettest year since records began are they actually good enough to ascertain sufficient information about the risk of flooding in Alfriston?

A.

A property lawyer in Alfriston will consider also get property conveyancing searches if the standard searches spots a any kind of Alfriston flooding risk.

You might be able to converse with a local resident for that additional local history if still concerned.

Q.

What does the cost of my searches total?

A.

The cost of searches significantly varies. Searches are paid to a third party.

Q.

Do I need to get a chancel liability search if we are buying a Alfriston residence next to a priory built in the 17th Century?

A.

Owners of property near to church property in the locality must fund repairs, where chancel repair liability exists. Following the Land Registration Act 2002, interest over any affected land must be registered by October 2013. Alfriston church lands include St Andrew.

Q.

Can you explain why the conveyancing process takes such a long time?

A.

The legal work needed to sell or purchase a property could suffer setbacks, we, however, aim to lessen the impact of these delays whenever possible by, for example, ordering searches as early as possible.

Q.

Does the title report compiled by the professional conveyancing solicitor in Alfriston investigate the cost of the council tax on a Band H house prior to exchanging contracts?

A.

A lawyer will liaise with the relevant Wealden local council to ascertain the correct council tax charges which will then be added to the conveyancing report on title. The latest council tax charges for homes in Alfriston are published online at the Wealden council website. Currently, 11 September 2012, rates are as follows:

  • Band A - £1,088.00
  • Band B - £1,270.00
  • Band C - £1,451.00
  • Band D - £1,632.00
  • Band E - £1,995.00
  • Band F - £2,358.00
  • Band G - £2,721.00
  • Band H - £3,265.00

 
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