Does Arlesey include many areas of conservation?
These areas qualify areas defined as being of architectural merit. A solicitor will discuss what specific restrictions are in place for affected areas in Arlesey.
I really need to complete on the conveyancing process on a maisonette within 6 weeks, are Homeward Legal very fast Arlesey solicitors ?
Homeward Legal takes a active plan of attack to completing the conveyancing for home movers to meet the sellers requirements.
Homeward Legal always allocate you to conveyancing property lawyers who work quickly and will communicate from the start to the end of the property chain . Additionally our carefully chosen panel of solicitors are selected because they have invested in the latest document and form assembly and technology systems to push through your house move with minimal stress.
In relation to the fact that 2012 was second wettest year since records began, we are concerned that flood risk searches might not be sufficient?
Conveyancing and environmental searches applied for by the Arlesey property solicitor should also include a more informative search (Landmark) if the risk warrants it.
If you are apprehensive it may be worth trying to approach a neighbour of the property or regional Bedfordshire flood damage business try: DH Decor Ltd, 231A High St, Arlesey, SG15 6SZ Tel: 01462 634754.
Please confirm how to avoid paying for SDLT?
SDLT is generally payable for houses priced at over 125,000 pounds. We do not advise property buyers expose their finances to any form of stamp duty mitigation. Such schemes are often uneconomical and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later.
Can I change the purpose of use for a purchase as part of the conveyancing procedure?
Putting in a planning request to change the use of part or all of a property is a straightforward process and you can deal directly with the local authority, which authorises plans and requests. However, tying it in with a planned purchase of a property has its own problems, since you don’t yet formally own the property, and the length of time to get through the planning process (with no guarantee of success) will need to be factored into the purchase duration, which the seller may not agree to.
We would advise you to either buy the property and then put in the planning request after completion (or exchange at the very earliest), or buy a property that’s already fit for your purposes. Or you might be lucky to find a property that already has the relevant planning consents in place.
What can be done about trees with TPOs if they are cutting out the light into the house?
Tree Preservation Orders (or TPOs) are legal protections for individual trees, which means you are prohibited from pruning, cutting or removing the plant without the formal consent of the local authority. There are certain caveats such as whether it is causing an immediate danger to life, but the local authority will still need to be informed.
As a homeowner, you have a number of rights, including Right to Light: that is, you should expect natural daylight to enter your property through windows without being blocked (again there may be caveats which will be unearthed in the conveyancing). If a tree with a TPO has grown so much that it is blocking out light, you can apply to the local authority for permission to prune the tree sufficiently to return your Right to Light. It becomes more complex if the tree in question is on a neighbour’s property, and you should discuss any resulting costs with them.
Homeward Legal's solicitors have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of legal issues including TPOs, providing you with practical guidance and help. We are best placed to help you with your move, so call our team on 0800 038 6699 today.
Do we need a chancel search if we are buying in the parish of Blunham, near Arlesey?
The solicitor instructed to handle the transaction may suggest that a chancel search is taken out. In older areas of Arlesey, chancel repair may be imposed on the owners of a home where Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) may have not done so in the past, so indemnity insurance may be advisable even if liability is unlikely.
When should I book a removals firm?
It’s very tempting to get wrapped in the excitement of moving home and wanting to get everything sorted out and in the diary. But, if you book a removals firm too early, prior to the exchange of contracts (when the date and time of completion is legally set), you risk the possibility that the date might change, thereby having to pay a fee to the removals firm to change the plans.
There is nothing stopping you in contacting a selection of firms to get a quote for removal and to negotiate the possibility of pencilling a date in but ensure you obtain agreement that this is subject to change and confirmation.