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Conveyancing in Alton Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 22/10/17

Thinking of re-locating to the area? Helpful local public transport and public service facts and figures -

Alton's nearest train station is Alton at 1 mile and the closest airport to Alton is Farnborough (TAG London) Airport (12 miles). Southampton Airport is 22 miles and Blackbushe Airport is 14 miles away.

Alton Community is the nearest hospital for Alton.

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I need a low cost conveyancing quote in Alton. What do I need to check for?

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Confusion over this matter catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors claim to offer theoretically 'the cheapest conveyancing', but extra costs will be included in the terms. Busy, stressed homeowners ignore these terms at their peril. Additional costs which are listed in terms of engagement should be reasonable and only apply to matters if your conveyancer is required to complete unexpected extra work , which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

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How much would the searches in Alton cost?

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The cost of searches varies substantially. A conveyancing solicitor will order a bundle generally including a chancel liability search and a local authority search.

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We are buying a renovated flat in a conservation area in Alton, where does one find information concerning the state of repair of the area?

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Local Alton conservation areas are set up by the local authority (East Hampshire) who govern things like paths to the avoidance of poorly maintained roads. English Heritage, a government body, administer a list of the state of conservation areas.

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Will we need to get a chancel search? I am buying in Alton.

Some owners in Alton can be required to subsidise upkeep of older church buildings. Some names or words such as 'rectory' give an indication of a property's history, and thus whether chancel liability may apply. Alton churches where chancel liability may apply include All Saints, S.Peter, St Lawrence and St Peter, Beech.

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We plan to complete on around 28th February. What will be worked out for stamp duty?

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Stamp Duty is calculated with reference to the house or flat's price. On a £51000 property, stamp duty will be £0 (correct March 2013).

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For fast legal work on the purchase of a £169,000 home, what do we need to aim for?

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Experienced buyers will tell you that a fast transaction is the key to is to use a proactive lawyer. There are numerous tasks you can also do. These include:

  • requesting status updates from the lawyer regularly
  • answering any queries raised by the lawyer as soon as possible
  • arranging any finances require to complete the purchase

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Should I get a Homebuyer Report for the house purchase in Alton?

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Homeward Legal strongly advise that purchasers in Alton arrange an inspection. It is a fact that there are many problems that have a negative impact on a property, which will not be covered by the legal work, including poor ventilation.

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The owner has unfortunately added ill-suited new windows to the house in Alton which I think might possibly contravene local conservation area rules

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Your property lawyer will make enquiries to identify whether the property is located within a conservation area, and if so, whether any alterations have the appropriate consent from the local council.Should no suitable consents be produced, your Alton conveyancer will advise you of the best alternative such as buying an indemnity policy or obtaining retrospective permission from the planning authority.