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Conveyancing in Alston Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 24/04/18

Intending to relocate to the Alston area? Some helpful nearby services details -

Alston's nearest station is Haltwhistle at 11 miles and Carlisle Airport is 17 miles from Alston.

Ruth Lancaster James Alston is a nearby hospital to Alston.

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How do I get the cheapest conveyancing solicitors?

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Numerous firms claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. However extra charges are frequently hidden in the solicitor's terms of engagement. Extra charges included in your solicitor's terms should be reasonable and be applicable solely where the conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work on your behalf, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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What can we do to circumvent paying stamp duty on the home?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax is generally due on residential property over £125,000. We do not recommend conveyancing clients arrange any stamp duty mitigation. These schemes are expensive and , if a scheme is challenged, you can be fined up to 100% of the amount owed, in additional to the tax itself. There have been certain official schemes, such as relief for buyers in 'disadvantaged areas', and your solicitor will advise if these may apply.

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Are charges for obtaining duplicate freehold company share certificates disbursements or fees?

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A conveyancing quote will itemise fees and disbursements, clearly stating which is which. These costs are fees not disbursements, and should be included in the quote for your conveyancing.

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Which local authority is responsible for Alston?

Alston is located in Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF, contact: 0845 600 6400

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What will the council tax cost me on a investment Band C maisonette in Alston?

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The property's appropriate council tax band will almost always be identified within the conveyancing report on title along with the local authority.

Up-to-date charges for residents of Alston are listed on the Northumberland local authority website. At the time of authoring (24 November 2012) the 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

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Property conveyancing searches may be standard procedure but considering current events such as the extensive flooding in Sept 2012 in North West England are they comfort enough to ascertain enough about the Alston area flood risk?

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A thorough Alston property solicitor will suggest that you also get in depth environmental searches if the standard search flags up a significant risk Alston flooding risk.

You might be able to contact a neighbour of the property for extra peace of mind.

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Is soil in Alston contaminated by caesium?

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Though the dangers are usually minor, an area will only be identified as 'contaminated land' if the risk to human life or the environment is deemed unacceptable. Various bodies hold data on land contaminants affecting Alston, including local authorities.

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Do you need to get a chancel search? We are purchasing a house by a church constructed in the 1500s in Alston.

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Some owners in Alston can be required to subsidise maintenance of churches. Some names or words such as 'abbeylands' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Church of England properties in the local area include St Augustine.