What will the council tax cost me on a Thirties Band E maisonette in Alnwick?
The property's respective band should commonly be detailed within the conveyancing report on title, and by the governing local authority Correct charges for residents of Alnwick are detailed on the Northumberland council website. Currently (19 November 2012) rates are:
- Band A - £1,003.00
- Band B - £1,170.00
- Band C - £1,337.00
- Band D - £1,504.00
- Band E - £1,839.00
- Band F - £2,173.00
- Band G - £2,507.00
- Band H - £3,009.00
Should we get a chancel search if I am intending to purchase in the parish of Chatton?
Your Alnwick conveyancing solicitor should confirm that a chancel search be taken out. In Alnwick's much older areas, chancel repair may be imposed on new owners of a residence where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past, so the solicitor will be unable to make any guarantees, and will recommend insurance.
My partner and I are purchasing in Alnwick, and would like to find out whether there are any designated conservation areas.
With 9300 affected areas throughout England, the areas in or near Alnwick will include numerous conservation areas. Living in a conservation area can mean better maintained homes and gardens, but the restrictions may impose liability on a buyer for unauthorised alterations made by previous owners. A solicitor will confirm potential liability for unauthorised works.
Would ordering a survey be necessary when purchasing a house or flat, regardless of its age, in Alnwick?
It is heavily suggested that buyers arrange a home surveyor to carry out a survey if you are planning to buy in Alnwick. A wide range of problems have a negative impact on a property, including poor ventilation, and issues such as these are not likely to be investigated as part of the conveyancing itself.
What does a Alnwick property solicitor advise if the flat we are planning to buy is inside a Northumberland local authority conservation area which has inappropriate roof antenna installed?
The local authority enquiries conducted by a property lawyer in the process of the conveyancing will find out if the property is within a conservation area and evidence of council approval for changes to the property will be asked for. If no authority consents can be provided, your solicitor will inform you of all options which can include seeking an indemnity policy or seeking retrospective permission from the appropriate local authority.