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Conveyancing in Battle Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 16/07/17

Are you thinking of re-locating to the Battle area? Pertinent nearby services facts -

The nearest train station to Battle is Crowhurst, almost 2 miles away. Battle's nearest airport is Lydd Airport (20 miles).

The neighbouring hospital for Battle is St Leonards on Sea, Sussex.

Q.

How do we get the best conveyancing rates for a £381,000 house?

A.

Many online and high street solicitors promote supposedly 'the cheapest conveyancing quotes', but additional fees are frequently hidden in small print. Additional fees found in the terms should be fair. They only be applied if your conveyancer must complete additional work for you, which could not be anticipated at the start of the process.

Q.

Are there many lenders with Battle branches?

A.

The Homeward Legal partnership have solicitors who have experience working with the majority of lenders. A number of mortgage specialists operate in Battle, such as Richmond Finance Services, London House/Manchester Rd, Ninfield, Battle, TN33 9JX.

Q.

What search enquiries does a conveyancer in Battle apply for when buying a Battle property?

A.

The standard conveyancing procedure is to obtain these searches - Local Authority (personal or official), Drainage and Water Search (CON29DW), Environment Search and Gypsum Mining Search and perhaps specific searches, like a Official Search of whole without priority.

Q.

Please advise how to circumvent paying SDLT rates?

A.

Stamp duty reduction scheme should not be considered when purchasing in Battle, as such schemes are expensive and , if the scheme fails, you may be charged a penalty of up to 100% of the stamp duty amount owed.

Q.

We are going to buy a unique house in the boundary of Battle conservation area. How do we find more details in relation to the state of repair of the conservation area?

A.

Conservation areas are specified by the local Hastings planning authority, who govern things like trees to the inhibition of advertising hoardings.

English Heritage, a government body, have assembled records of the state of conservation areas.

Q.

Flood risk searches may be conveyancing protocol but with current events for example the terrible flooding in the UK in April 2012 are they actually good enough to check enough about the changing Battle flood risk area?

A.

Food risk searches applied for by a conveyancing solicitor in Battle will also include a far more detailed search (Landmark) if it is felt necessary.

If you are worried you could get in touch with a close neighbour or regional East Sussex flooding repair expert like Parker & Son, Presbytery, Sedlescombe, Battle, TN33 0QF Tel: 01424 870284.

Q.

I am buying a £634000. What should be worked out for Stamp Duty Land Tax?

A.

Stamp Duty will rely on the purchase price of the house. It is £25360 on a £634000 home.*

*Accurate as of June 2012

Q.

When in the conveyancing process is it wise to find a solicitor in Battle?

A.

If you choose a solicitor with 'no move, no fee' protection, as soon as possible, as conveyancing involves several tasks that can be carried out very early in the process. Some groups advocate postponing instruction until a chain is completed, but doing so will put you at a disadvantage compared to better prepared buyers, or if your buyer decides to pull out due to delays.

 
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