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Conveyancing in Battle Q & A's

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Ask Lorraine a question lorraine@homewardlegal.co.uk

Updated: 20/10/17

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.

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We are purchasing a property with Northern Rock, what will we need to know?

A.

Some lenders have opted to reduce the size of their 'solicitor panel'. This can mean greater conveyancing costs for buyers. We can act for most lenders to keep legal costs to a minimum.

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.

Is a building survey required when we are purchasing any property?

A.

It is advised that the majority of buyers book a house survey. It is a fact that there are a wide range of concerns which can affect a property, which are not included in your mortgage lender's valuation, such as corrosion of pipework or rotten roof timbers.

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Are there many purchasers in Battle gazumped?

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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.

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We are buying property. Should we have conveyancing searches carried out?

A.

Searches are a commonly-used bundle of queries performed in the interest of the purchaser. Purchasers need to be aware that, searches refer to legal considerations.

Q.

I am buying soon and have a quote from you. Will there be any hidden charges?

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No. Homeward Legal never charge any hidden fees for your conveyancing legal work. Sometimes a significant piece of other legal work is also necessary, . Your solicitor will discuss these as necessary.

Q.

Does the report on title compiled by the property solicitor in Battle report back on the cost of council tax for a Band H cottage prior to exchange?

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The lawyer will speak to the Hastings local council to find out the currently applicable council tax charges which should then be detailed in the title report. Correct charges for Battle are listed on the Hastings local authority website. As at, 06 July 2012, the rates are:

  • Band A - £1,076.00
  • Band B - £1,256.00
  • Band C - £1,435.00
  • Band D - £1,614.00
  • Band E - £1,973.00
  • Band F - £2,332.00
  • Band G - £2,691.00
  • Band H - £3,229.00