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Conveyancing in Battle Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 26/04/17

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.

Do your lawyers administer property auction conveyancing in Battle?

A.

Our recommended conveyancing solicitors do frequently carry out work for buyers and sellers at auction. We tend to inform auction buyers to select a local lawyer prior to the auction day to allow time for a detailed investigation of the auction legal pack,

Subsequently, immediately after the day of the auction your selected property lawyer is totally ready for finishing the transaction within a as tight time frame as conventionally required .

Q.

We are intending to buy in Battle, and would like to establish whether there are any conservation areas.

A.

Areas deemed to be of historical merit, such as 18th century suburbs, will be defined as conservation areas. The council will advise further about local conservation areas, and the lawyer handling your purchase should discuss what specific restrictions are in place.

Q.

Are there many purchasers in Battle gazumped?

A.

Gazumping arises when a owner approves an offer, only to reject it in favour of another buyer's offer. It may happen weeks into a purchase. The will be a danger

of getting gazumped in any transaction, because offers are not binding until exchange of contracts. Instructing a law firm as soon as you can to handle your transaction should help to reduce the likelihood of gazumping.

Q.

How is contaminated land in Battle investigated?

A.

Battle property is contaminated by numerous natural and human-influenced issues, such as shallow mining. An environmental search will give more detail. Little Park Farm, Hooe Road, East Sussex, TN33 9EH is a source of potential local contamination in Battle.

Q.

What average time should it take the lawyer to exchange contracts the conveyancing process for a semi detached new build property we are thinking of buying?

A.

It can take anywhere from a month to 3 months, which can be affected by a number of issues such as the speed of the vendor's property solicitor, or the speed of other lawyers in the chain. Homeward Legal's property solicitors are very focused on communication exchanging in as short a time as possible.

Q.

We are intending to buy a chapel in the parish of Warnham. Will we need a chancel search?

A.

Regardless of the Battle parish in which you are purchasing, the conveyancer may suggest that a chancel search be ordered. Although some Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have opted to charge chancel repairs on current owners, a conveyancing solicitor cannot verify that a parish where dues have not recently been paid will not be so in future, so it can be difficult to use this as a guide.

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What sort of local environmental searches in relation to the risk and history of flooding in the East Sussex region will the Battle conveyancer actually apply for?

A.

A key part of the conveyancing protocol carried out when buying a property involves the conveyancing lawyer applying for conveyancing and environmental searches that set out certain details with respect to Battle area flood risk. An inexpensive (around twenty pounds) and more specialist flood history/risk search, such as the Homecheck search, may possibly be recommended by your Battle property lawyer if the results of the initial searches suggest a flood risk.

 
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