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Conveyancing in Ashford Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 17/07/17

Thinking of re-locating to the area? Relevant regional transport and public service information

The closest airport to Ashford is Heathrow Terminal 4 Airport (2 miles). Heathrow Terminals 1 2 3 Airport is 3 miles, London City Airport is 23 miles, London Heliport Airport is 13 miles, Heathrow Terminal 5 Airport is 4 miles, Farnborough (TAG London) Airport is 18 miles, Gatwick South Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Gatwick North Terminal Airport is 23 miles, Northolt Jet Centre Airport is 9 miles, Elstree Airport is 17 miles, White Waltham Airport is 15 miles, Blackbushe Airport is 19 miles, London Biggin Hill Airport is 22 miles and Booker Airport is 20 miles away. The nearest station to Ashford is Ashford Middlesex.

Ashford is under 2m of junction entry 1 Southbound of the M3.

Ashford, Staines is a nearby hospital to Ashford.

Q.

How do we identify a genuinely cheap fee? We are trying to find an affordable Ashford conveyancing estimate.

A.

Lack of clarity over this topic catches out many homeowners, and can leave them paying far more in conveyancing fees than they budgeted. Many solicitors advertise supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes'. Unfortunately extra costs will be included in the terms of engagement. Excited homeowners, eager to get underway, often ignore this small print when they instruct. Any charges ought to be fair. A quote should list any disbursements to be paid.

Q.

Would the Ashford property's fixtures and fittings list items such as the oven?

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New owners are often frustrated by confusion over fixtures and fittings. This is frequently disregarded, making early agreement of the list of items included with the purchase so essential.

Q.

Will I need to get a chancel liability search? We are buying a property by a church constructed in the 12th Century in Ashford.

A.

Chancel liability repair costs can run into £100,000s, which owners of affected property will be compelled to pay on demand to the Ashford Church council. Owners

who have bought property prior to 2003 may be totally unaware that a liability exists if a chancel search was not carried out. The solicitor handling your conveyancing will confirm that a chancel search is appropriate. Ashford Church of England properties where chancel liability may apply include St Peter, St Mary the Virgin, St Hilda and Christ Church.

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Which local authority looks after Ashford?

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Ashford is located in Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines, TW18 1XB, phone: 01784 451 499

Q.

Is your panel of solicitors set up to move fast on the conveyancing for auction properties in Ashford?

A.

Indeed we are property auction specialists and often handle the legal work for buyers and sellers at auction. Our auction team lawyers have in the past acted for numerous successful bidders at local Ashford auctions like Acuitus, Allsop (Commercial), Allsop (Residential), Auction House London, Award Property, Barnett Ross, Baxtons, Brendons Auctioneers, Countrywide Property Auctions and Drivers Norris.

Canny purchasers always instruct an affordable property lawyer as ahead of time as they can to give enough time for a full report of the lot well before the auction day.

Immediately following the property auction date your property conveyancing lawyer is thoroughly able to concentrate on quickly completing the transaction inside the limited time frame as required .

Q.

I am purchasing in Ashford. Should we have property searches performed?

A.

Searches are a set of questions requested by the solicitor, and only deal with legal-related matters.

Q.

How much is the council tax on a detached Band H property in Ashford?

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Frequently a title report will provide the Ashford council tax band. Up-to-date charges for residents of Ashford are set out in detail online at the Ashford council website. As of 16 August 2012 rates are:

  • Band A - £942.00
  • Band B - £1,099.00
  • Band C - £1,256.00
  • Band D - £1,413.00
  • Band E - £1,727.00
  • Band F - £2,042.00
  • Band G - £2,356.00
  • Band H - £2,827.00

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How is Ashford contaminated land investigated when buying?

A.

Ashford property would be contaminated by numerous factors caused by man and by nature, and factors such as radioactive substances in the region or coal mining should be reported on during conveyancing searches.

 
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